New Delhi: Delhi Police on Thursday registered a case of sedition in connection with an event at JNU against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru following complaints by BJP MP Maheish Girri and RSS’s student front ABVP.
Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat said an FIR under Section of 124 A of IPC (sedition) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) has been registered against unknown persons at Vasant Kunj (North) Police station and the video footage of the event was being examined for further action.
On Tuesday, a protest against the hanging of Guru was held at JNU. The protestors put on a cultural programme, and an art and photo exhibition. However, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), an organisation affiliated with the BJP, held a counter-protest outside the Vice Chancellor’s office demanding expulsion of students who were part of the programme in support of Guru
The JNU administration has already instituted a “disciplinary” enquiry as to how the event took place despite withdrawal of permission and said it will wait for the probe report before taking any further action.
Meanwhile, Girri has written to the JNU Vice Chancellor as well as the HRD Ministry seeking action against the organisers and participants of the Tuesday event. He also filed a complaint with the police today.
ABVP members had already filed a police complaint yesterday and submitted a purported video of the event showing the organsiers shouting slogans calling Guru a “martyr” and clashing with the protesters, to both police and the VC.
Earlier in the day, the left-dominated JNU students union distanced itself from the controversy, saying ABVP was opposed to it and not the union. Of the four top posts of the union, three are held by Leftist AISA and AISF and one by ABVP.
The Left leaders of the union also termed the ABVP complaint as an attempt to curb the “democratic traditions” of the university.
There were protests on the campus for the second day today with slogan shouting by the two groups.
Meanwhile, BJP National Secretary Shrikant Sharma has condemned the event, saying there were a handful of people who were trying to “pollute the atmosphere” in JNU.
“Slogans against India were raised and a terrorist was called a martyr. This is unfortunate and BJP condemns it in strongest terms. We hope that the university administration will take strong action against such people,” Sharma added.