New Delhi: The report submitted by Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi on the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) row was not able to prove that students present on the campus had raised pro-Pakistan slogans.
According to The Indian Express, the police report said that the witnesses had not confirmed the claim that some of the students shouted ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ during the alleged pro-Afzal Guru march. On February 11, Delhi Police had slapped a sedition case against JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar after obtaining the video clip of the event from a television news channel.
On February 12, Kumar was arrested for making anti-India remarks at the event organised by a Leftist students’ union who were protesting against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.
Kumar never raised such objectionable slogans and the students of JNU have kept their stand firm on this statement.
On the other hand, the 12-page report filed by the Delhi Police, mentions that the 29 anti-national slogans raised by the students on that fateful night, did not include the slogan ‘Pakistan Zindabad’, a chant that led to charges of sedition against Kumar.
In the report, the slogan did mention that it was based on the video footage, which was purpotedly doctored. A producer of the channel had claimed that the footage was misused and tampered with and that the students had said ‘Bharatiya Court Zindabad’ instead of ‘Pakistan Zindabad’.
“The slogans which were seen in the footage were anti-national, anti-constitutional, against the organs of the government and against the integrity of the nation. So much so, some of the students were shouting slogans as Pakistan Zindabad repeatedly,” the police report stated.
The police felt sorry for some of the television channels who aired shows to prove that the videos were actually doctored, putting the Delhi police’s move in question to arrest Kanhaiya Kumar.
The JNU student leader has been claiming that no case such as sedition is made out against him as there was no evidence as he had never raised any anti-national slogan against the nation during the event organised in the JNU on February 9.
Kumar, who is in judicial custody till 2nd March, had approached the Supreme Court seeking bail on the ground that his life was under threat in Tihar Jail.
Meanwhile, other JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, who are also facing charges of sedition issued by the Delhi Police, moved the Delhi High Court on Tuesday seeking their protection before they surrender themselves in the case, in order to prevent any untoward incident.
The High Court will hear the petitions of the students along with the plea of JNUSU president on Wednesday, 24th February.