New Delhi: As Jawaharlal Nehru University continues to boil since February 09, over the event on the death anniversaries of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front co-founder Maqbool Bhat, a JNU student recounts what exactly happened on the fateful day.
While recalling the February 09 incident, JNU student Harshit Agarwal shared the story on 'Quora' He writes: "On 9th February 2016, ex-members of a student organization DSU, short for 'Democratic Students Union' had called for a cultural meeting of a protest against what they called 'the judicial killing of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat' and in solidarity with 'the struggle of Kashmiri people for their democratic right to self-determination.' A lot of Kashmiri students from inside and outside the campus were to attend the event. 'Democratic Students Union(DSU)' is an ultra-leftist group in the campus that believes in the ideology of Maoism. It's a very small group of very well read students. They are not terrorists or naxals by any means. I have been in the campus for more than 2 years and never have I witnessed or heard of them committing a terror activity as much as of throwing a stone, let alone overthrowing the state."
Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) opposed to the program wrote to JNU administration, asking it to withdraw permission as it was ‘harmful for campus’ atmosphere’.
The administration fearing clashes didn't allowed the event to take place. Following this, DSU then asked JNUSU (Jawaharlal Nehru Students' Union) and other leftist student organizations such as the SFI (Students Federation of India), and AISA (All India Students Association) to help them hold their meeting "democratically and peacefully".
The administration sent security guards to cover the badminton court where the meeting was supposed to happen and denied permission to use microphones. The organizers decided they would continue the meeting around the dhaba area on the campus without the mics.
The ABVP members gathered there and started shouting slogans such as "Ye Kashmir Hamara hai, saara ka saara hai."
In response, the organisers raised slogans, '”Hum kya chaahte? Azaadi!” and "Tum kitne Afzal maaroge, har ghar se Afzal niklega!"
Harshit further writes "This group of students believed that he (Afzal Guu) did not deserve capital punishment and also have their skepticism about his involvement in the parliamentary attack. I am picking up this from wikipedia - "It has to be noted, that in its judgement of 5 August 2005, the supreme court admitted that the evidence against Guru was only circumstantial, and that there was no evidence that he belonged to any terrorist group or organisation."
"So, a group of students believe that Afzal Guru was framed, had no role in the attack on the parliament and his capital punishment was wrong. Big deal? And were therefore shouting, 'Har ghar se Afzal niklega!' And mind you, these people are not carrying any arms, all they are carrying are ideas. So, in such a case, what should the state do? Charge them for conspiracy against the state? Or maybe merely try to engage with them, debate with them about a difference of opinion?"
In the meeting, there was a whole group of Kashmiri students which had come from outside JNU to attend the meeting. If you would even look closely at the video that is being circulated, you will only see these students who had formed a circle in the center of the gathering. And trust me ,not one of whom was from JNU! I was present during the event for some time, and I could not recognize a single face from that group as being from JNU.
This group of students, who belonged to Kashmir, and had faced the wrath of the AFSPA for decades, were angered to see ABVP disrupt their meeting, and started shouting the slogans against India, like:
"Bharat ki barbaadi tak, jung rahegi, jung rahegi!"
"India, Go Back"
(The views of the JNU student have been taken from Quora and Zee Media doesn't take any responsibility for the statements)