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JNU row: Kanhaiya wasn't involved in anti-India sloganeering, say cops

Deccan Chronicle.| sanjay kaw

Published on: February 16, 2016 | Updated on: February 17, 2016

Intel wing finds no proof to link JNU incidents with LeT, Pakistan.

Journalists hold a march from Press Club of India to the Supreme Court in protest against Monday's attack on media persons and JNU students by lawyers. (Photo: PTI)

Journalists hold a march from Press Club of India to the Supreme Court in protest against Monday's attack on media persons and JNU students by lawyers. (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: Contradicting the claims by the authorities, a Delhi police intelligence wing report clearly indicates that JNU Students Union chief Kanhaiya Kumar was not involved in any anti-India sloganeering on campus.

The JNUSU president was arrested on charges of sedition and is in police custody. The Delhi police intelligence wing report, which is in this newspaper’s possession, doesn’t also refer to any direct or indirect link of the JNU activists with Pakistan-based terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Tayyaba.

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But Union home minister Rajnath Singh, who stuck to his stand that LeT backed the JNU protests, said Tuesday the police was investigating the LeT’s role in the protests.

A situation report prepared by the Delhi police special branch, which mentions the FIR against Kanhaiya Kumar filed at the Vasant Kunj police station, says the authorities at JNU were alerted about the programme, which later turned into a political controversy.

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While the report clearly states many Left-backed unions active at JNU had been "mild and non-reactive", only two unions, the Democratic Students Union and Democratic Students Front, were "volatile" and "reactive" and were "indulging  in anti-national and anti-social activities".

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Police action against Kanhaiya Kumar has led to a number of questions.

Report questions police swiftness
The Delhi Police action against Kanhaiya Kumar has led to questions on why the men in uniform acted so swiftly against the JNU Students Union president when slogans  and protests with an anti-national and objectionable religious tone had been raised at he campus earlier too.

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The report says on October 6 last year the ACP in charge of the special branch met then JNU vice-chancellor Sudhir Kumar Sopory, and the two discussed various subjects, including CCTV surveillance at the campus to avert any untoward incident.

The report says the two had also talked about the raising of slogans by students’ groups and their participation in protests inside the JNU campus.

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It states: "Many times such slogans/protests have an anti-national colour. It is reflected through objectionable posters prepared mostly on computers and affixed at hotels or on the JNU campus. Sometimes, such posters are found to be hurting  patriotic/religious sentiments. It was also discussed that objectionable/anti-national activities of the members of the Democratic Students Union (DSU) have to be curbed  by the JNU authorities with the help of the police."

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Another Intelligence report prepared on November 12 last year, which is part of the situation report, states there are a number of Left-supported student unions active in Jawaharlal Nehru University and clearly mentions that most of these are non-reactive and mild in nature.

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