Afzal Guru row : JNU student leader held for sedition, sent to custody

In his defence, Kanhaiya Kumar told the court that he was being framed by the police for defeating an ABVP candidate in the presidential elections of the JNUSU

New Delhi: Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar, who was arrested in a case of sedition and criminal conspiracy for holding an anti-national event on the varsity premises, was remanded in three-day police custody by a Delhi court. He was produced before Metropolitan Magistrate Lovleen, where the police sought his custodial interrogation for five days to ascertain the alleged links of the accused persons, including those who are allegedly absconding, with terrorist groups.

ABVP activists burn and stamp handouts displaying Afzal Guru’s picture in New Delhi yesterday. They were protesting against an event held at JNU supporting the Parliament attack convict. Pic/PTI
ABVP activists burn and stamp handouts displaying Afzal Guru’s picture in New Delhi yesterday. They were protesting against an event held at JNU supporting the Parliament attack convict. Pic/PTI

The police told the court that Kanhaiya was also to be interrogated for identification of other accused who were seen shouting ‘anti-national’ slogans during the event organised in the JNU on Feb 9. They also placed on record a CD of the event, which the judge played inside the courtroom.

Kanhaiya told the court that he was neither shouting any slogan nor saying anything against integrity of the country and said he had rushed to the spot only to prevent a clash between ABVP workers and students organising the event.

He claimed in the court that it was a politically motivated case and he was being framed by the police as he had defeated the ABVP candidate in the presidential elections of the JNUSU.

'Witch hunting by police, RSS'

Following Kumar's arrest, JNSU issued a statement accusing the police of going on a witch-hunt to round up students on false charges. “JNUSU President, Comrade Kanhaiyya, has been arrested. Police are doing rounds of the campus and mindlessly witch-hunting activists. RSS is running campaigns to shut down JNU,” read the statement issued by JNUSU Vice President Shahla Rashid.

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