Kanhaiya named in FIR only af­ter TV re­port

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Prawesh Lama prawesh.lama@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The sedi­tion case against Jawa­har­lal Nehru Univer­sity stu­dent l eader Kanhaiya Ku­mar ap­pears to be an af­ter­thought, re­ly­ing mostly on a TV re­port.

When the sta­tion house of­fi­cer ( SHO) of a nearby po­lice sta­tion vis­ited the JNU cam­pus on Fe­bru­ary 9, he saw stu­dents at an evening rally com­mem­o­rat­ing the an­niver­sary of the ex­e­cu­tion of 2001 Par­lia­ment at­tack con­vict Afzal Guru, a Kash­miri sep­a­ratist.

Stu­dents were ac­cused of shout­ing anti-In­dia slo­gans and mak­ing in­cen­di­ary re­marks at the event.

But the po­lice of­fi­cer didn’t find any­thing wrong at the rally that war­ranted an im­me­di­ate FIR. He also had a word with his staff and in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cers present there.

The next day, the po­lice filed an FIR af­ter watch­ing a Zee TV re­port that showed Ku­mar at the func­tion. They sought clip­pings from the chan­nel be­fore fil­ing the case.

Also, a po­lice in­tel­li­gence in­spec­tor’s re­port said lead­ers of the ul­tra-rad­i­cal Demo­cratic Stu­dents Union (DSU), in­clud­ing linch­pin Umar Khalid, had gath­ered and shouted slo­gans.


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