Feb 23, 2016 – SANJAY KAW |
• New Delhi
Amid standoff, police waits outside campus
The JNU campus stood firm on Monday behind all five students, charged in the sedition case, who had resurfaced at the campus on Sunday night. JNU students and teachers appealed to vice-chancellor M. Jagdish Kumar to take a firm stand for the five students. All through Monday, a human chain of JNU security guards, teachers, students and others stood guard at the university administrative block where the five had taken refuge. A delegation of 300-odd faculty members also met the VC demanding the withdrawal of sedition and criminal charges against all the students accused of allegedly raising anti-national slogans at an event to mark the anniversary of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru’s execution. Under severe attack over the handling of the JNU row, Delhi police commissioner B.S. Bassi, after briefing lieutenant-governor Najeeb Jung on the day’s developments, said it was for the students to prove their innocence. He said the police was verifying all the video clips it had used for its probe.
The university also granted a seven-day extension to the high-level committee it had set up to inquire into the controversial event. Union minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju said the police will act as per the law against the five students. All eyes will be on the Delhi high court on Tuesday as it hears the bail plea of JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, charged with sedition, who has claimed he was “falsely implicated” in the case as he hadn’t raised any anti-national slogan.