The Delhi Police on Thursday asked 31 Jawaharlal Nehru University students to make themselves available until April 29 for questioning in connection with the February 9, 2016, event, which had led to a case of sedition and the arrest of three students. A Special Cell of the Delhi Police’s Anti-Terrorism Unit has asked the varsity’s vice-chancellor to make arrangements for the interrogation at the university’s administration block, an official told Scroll.in.
The list of JNU students includes former JNU students’ union Vice President Shehla Rashid and Rajya Sabha legislator D Raja’s daughter Aparajitha Raja. Officials said they had taken note of their presence during the February 9 event, which had been held to protest the hanging of Parliament attacks convict Afzal Guru. The 31 students have been assigned specific slots for their sessions with the police officials. The police have not yet filed a chargesheet in the case.
On March 16, 2016, a report filed by a high-level inquiry committee at JNU had said that a group of masked outsiders had shouted provocative slogans, including “Bharat ko ragda do, ragda (India should be crushed)” and “Pakistan zindabad” at the controversial event organised at the varsity on February 9. The report submitted by the five-member committee had said that witnesses confirmed that the slogan “Bharat ki barbadi tak jung rahegi (The fight will continue till India is ruined)” was raised, but there was no video evidence of the same from the event.
The sedition case that had been filed after the event and arrested of former JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar and two others had become a massive controversy last year.