JNU student leader held on ‘sedition’ charges over Afzal Guru event

What happened at JNU: Afzal Guru event


An event organised at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) to mark the anniversary of the hanging of Afzal Guru, the terrorist has not gone down well with the government. The Delhi Police has also registered a case of sedition in connection with the event.

The protests and counter protests following the event have grabbed the headlines all over.

- There held a protest meeting on the third anniversary of the execution of Afzal Guru, a terrorist who was involved in 2001 Parliament attack.
- The protesting students and some outsiders shouted anti-India and vague slogans and called Afzal Guru a martyr.
- The ABVP protested against it which lead to a fight.
- The police were informed about the incidence, following which they charged some unknown students. with sedition.
- Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has warned about it that no anti national activity will be tolerated.
- The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) distanced itself from the alleged "anti slogans" and attacked ABVP for trying to malign the university's democratic traditions.
- A day after JNU vice-chancellor M Jagadeesh Kumar initiated a disciplinary inquiry into the incident, the campus saw protests by JNUSU and ABVP against each other.
- The JNUSU has two members from the Left-backed All India Students Association (AISA), one from All India Students Federation (AISF) and one from RSS-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).
- ABVP also burnt effigies of JNU administration for their inaction in the incident even though the Left-backed groups accused the administration of acting on the behest of ABVP.
- The event on Tuesday was organised by a group of students some of who were formerly with the leftist Democratic Students' Union.
- Delhi Police on Friday arrested JNUSU president.
- Delhi University professor SAR Geelani has also been booked for sedition after addressing an event at the Press Club in Delhi, condemning Afzal Guru's hanging.