Sedi­tion charge slapped on JNU stu­dent leader

GOVT CRACKS DOWN Says those shout­ing anti-In­dia slo­gans ‘won’t be spared’

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NEW DELHI: The govern­ment said on Fri­day it would take strong ac­tion against Delhi’s Jawa­har­lal Nehru Univer­sity stu­dents ac­cused of shout­ing anti-In­dia slo­gans as po­lice ar­rested the stu­dent union pres­i­dent and lodged sedi­tion cases.

Home min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh said he in­structed po­lice to take strict ac­tion against stu­dents who or­gan­ised a con­tro­ver­sial event in JNU to protest against the hang­ing of 2001 Par­lia­ment at­tack con­vict Afzal Guru three years ago, and al­legedly shouted anti-In­dia slo­gans. “If any­one raises anti- In­dia slo­gans and tries to raise ques­tions on the na­tion’s unity and in­tegrity, they will not be spared,” Singh said.

Po­lice ar­rested JNUSU pres­i­dent Kanhaiya Ku­mar, who was re­manded to three days of po­lice cus­tody by a Delhi court. Stu­dents protested against the court al­low­ing Kanhaiya’s cus- to­dial in­ter­ro­ga­tion.

The JNU ad­min­is­tra­tion dis­tanced it­self from the row, with vice-chan­cel­lor Ja­gadesh Ku­mar say­ing the in­ci­dent was a re­sult of “fringe el­e­ments” mis­us­ing their free­dom.

Hu­man re­source de­vel­op­ment min­is­ter Sm­riti Irani said the na­tion couldn’t tol­er­ate “any in­sult to Mother In­dia”, as po­lice filed a se­cond sedi­tion case against the or­gan­is­ers of a sim­i­lar event at Delhi’s Press Club of In­dia on Wed­nes­day.

Akhil Bharatiya Vid­yarthi Par­ishad ( ABVP) work­ers clashed with po­lice and protested against the JNU stu­dents, many of whom demon­strated out­side the VC’s house. On Thurs­day, po­lice lodged an FIR and ex­am­ined video footage from the event ti­tled, “A coun­try with­out a post of­fice” — where the slo­ga­neer­ing al­legedly hap­pened — af­ter the ABVP and east Delhi BJP MP Ma­heish Girri filed a com­plaint.

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