Delhi Police firms up action; Slogans in West Bengal now

RSTV Bureau
FILE: File photo of Delhi Police commissioner Bhim Sen Bassi.  Photo - PTI

FILE: File photo of Delhi Police commissioner Bhim Sen Bassi.
Photo – PTI

Commissioner of Delhi Police BS Bassi met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi early on Wednesday morning even as police intensified probe in connection with JNU row. Several teams of Delhi police launched raids across at least five states in search of some more students and other persons accused of raising alleged ‘anti-India’ slogans at an event in JNU last week.

Delhi Police has come under considerable criticism over its action, particularly raids inside the JNU campus, by several opposition political parties and even student groups. A section of faculty has also questioned the varsity authority’s decision to let the police carry out raids.

Kanhaiya Kumar, who is under police remand, will be produced before the magistrate later in the day.

Severe political tiff has erupted over an event in Jawaharlal Nehru University and the subsequent arrest of the varsity’s student union — JNUSU, President Kanhaiya Kumar’s arrest under the charges of sedition. Kumar was arrested last week after an event where a protest was held against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

The row has further added to the stalemate between the Modi government and Opposition, with latter firm on raising the issue on the floor of the Parliament in an upcoming Budget session.

The ruling BJP, while maintaining a tough stand and firmly defending Delhi Police action, was taken by surprise after its MP Shatrughan Sinha expressed an opinion at variance with his party’s stand.

Coming out in the support of arrested JNU student union leader Kanhaiya Kumar, the MP from Bihar called for his release soon.

“Hope, wish and pray that he is released soon, sooner the better…,” Shatrughan Sinha shared on a micro-blogging site Twitter claiming further that he has said nothing anti-national.

Citing the transcript of speech of Kanhaiya Kumar, he asserted his stand further adding, “have heard transcript of speech of Kanhaiya, our Bihar boy president of JNUSU. He has said nothing anti-national or against Constitution” in his tweet on Wednesday.

In a related development, slogans in favour of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru were raised in a rally brought out by Jadavpur University students in West Bengal Tuesday evening. Union Home ministry has now sought a report on the same.

The rally, comprising students, was held at Jadavpur University campus to express solidarity with their JNU counterparts agitating against the arrest of JNU student union president Kanhaiya Kumar, who is arrested under the charges of sedition.

According to the reports, taking a strict view of the incident Union Home ministry has asked the West Bengal state government to furnish a report on the incident at the earliest.