Press Club event: Delhi police searching for 4 persons

NEW DELHI: Delhi Police are on the look out for four persons who allegedly raised anti-India slogans at the Press Club event here in connection with which former Delhi University lecturer SAR Gilani was arrested on sedition charges.
“The four youths, of which some are believed to be students of a central university, were identified by Gilani during interrogation. The youths raised anti-India slogans at the event,” a police official said, adding that several teams are trying to locate them.
The police are keeping track on their social network profiles and monitoring CCTV grabs of the February 10 event organised at the Press Club of India here, the official said.
The hall for the event was booked through Gilani’s credit card, by a youth who has been identified as the student of a central university here. They are all likely to be charged under sedition, he added.
At the Press Club event on February 10, in which Gilani was present, a group had allegedly raised slogans hailing Afzal Guru.
The next day, the police registered a case of sedition, criminal conspiracy and unlawful assembly against Gilani and other unnamed persons taking suo motu cognizance of video clips they had obtained from a news channel.
Gilani was detained for questioning on Monday evening and later arrested in the wee hours of Tuesday. He was produced before a court today which sent him to 14-day judicial custody.
Earlier, police had claimed that Gilani was booked as he was presumed to be the “main organiser” of the event.
Request for booking a hall at the Press Club was done through his e-mail and the nature of the event was proposed to be a public meeting, which did not turn out to be so, senior officials had said.
DU professor Ali Javed, under whose membership the hall was booked, was questioned by Delhi Police for two consecutive days. The police also questioned DU professors Nirmalangshu Mukherji and Tripta Wahi. All three of them were present with Gilani on the dais set up for the event, police said.
In 2001, Gilani was arrested by Delhi Police in connection with the Parliament attack case but acquitted for “need of evidence” by the Delhi High Court in October 2003, a decision upheld by the Supreme Court in August 2005, which at the same time had observed that the needle of suspicion pointed towards him.