Afzal Guru row: JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar arrested by Delhi Police

 JNU on Tuesday witnessed clashes between two student groups over Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

Last Updated: Feb 12, 2016, 16:51 PM IST
Afzal Guru row: JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar arrested by Delhi Police

New Delhi: Amid the furore over an event at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, Delhi Police on Friday arrested JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar in a case of sedition and criminal conspiracy.

Kumar was arrested two days after JNU witnessed clashes between two student groups over Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, who was hanged on February 09, 2013 in Tihar Jail.

He was arrested by the Vasant Kunj north police in south Delhi.

The incident happened after a group of students organised a programme and termed the hanging of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhatt as "judicial killing”.

Marking the death anniversary of Guru, a group of students on Tuesday held an event on the campus and shouted slogans against government for hanging him, despite varsity administration having cancelled the permission following a complaint by ABVP members, who termed the activity as "anti-national".

Meanwhile, around 300 ABVP supporters today marched at India Gate to demand action against anti-national elements in the JNU.

Many are asking when will Umar Khaleed, from DSU (Democratic Students Union), who has been at the forefront in raising anti-national sentiments be arrested.

The students allegedly shouted slogans hailing 'Shaeed Afzal Guru' and also chanted anti-India slogans. They also expressed solidarity with "struggle" of Kashmiri migrants and advocated for 'Azad Kashmir'.

Not only this, several students have been raising anti-national slogans like 'Kitne Afzal Guru maroge, har ghar me paida hoga ek Afzal' and 'India ke kitne tukde honge'.

Student organisers had pasted posters across the campus inviting them to gather for a protest march against "judicial killing of Afzal Guru" and in solidarity with "struggle" of Kashmiri migrants, at varsity's Sabarmati dhaba.

Members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) affiliated ABVP objected to such a program and complained to the Vice Chancellor.

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' 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.

Amid the furore over an event at JNU against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, Home Minister Rajnath Singh today asserted that strict action will be taken against the demonstrators and said that 'anti-national' elements will not be tolerated.

Union Human Resource and Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani said that an insult to India in any form would not be tolerated by the country.