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One by one JNU students interrogated

Another student of JNU today joined the Delhi Police probe into the February 9 event that marked the anniversary of the hanging of terrorist Afzal Guru during which Anti-India slogans were raised. Ashutosh Kumar is likely to be asked by the police to identity the people who raised the slogans on JNU campus. He is arrested JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar’s predecessor. Khalid and Anirban are presently being interrogated, a police official said. Other two students, Rama Naga and Anant Kumar, are yet to receive any police summon. They had earlier written to police that they are ready to join investigation too.

Ashutosh is one of the five students, who surfaced on the university campus on February 21 after being missing since February 12. The others, Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya, Rama Naga and Anant Prakash, had gone missing from the campus after JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested on February 12 in a sedition case. They feared their death by right-wingers. They were also insecure and threatened by what ever happened to their friend Kanhaiya. But when matter subsided and court intervened into the security of Kanhaiya by arresting attackers, these students one by one surfaced in campus and volunteered themselves for investigations. Police already interrogated Kumar, Khalid and Anirban together for the first time. With that, the police have identified around 22 persons who were active participants in the controversial February 9 event.

Meanwhile, the Congress party has demanded to transfer the Kanhaiya Kumar case out of the Capital city. The Delhi cops have made it clear that the charges of sedition are justified. According to Police Commissioner Delhi B S Bassi, sedition charges were not registered on the basis of hears say, but after finding prima facie evidence. The cops have launched a probe to trace the tweet supposedly put out by Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Hafiz Saeed in the aftermath of the JNU campus row. But still, Bassi has not disclosed those evidences not told anything to media.

Based on the instructions of the Supreme Court to provide adequate security to Kanhaiya, Tihar Jail authorities have chalked out a comprehensive plan for the student’s safety during his stay in the central jail. The instructions were issued after the attack on Kanhaiya on the premises of Patiala House Court while he was being taken to be produced before Metropolitan Magistrate Lovleen.

Kanhaiya, who is in judicial custody, will stay in an independent safe cell in ward number four in Central Jail no. 3. As per the security guidelines, two police constables from Tamil Nadu special police along with one deputy jail warden have been deployed outside his cell round the clock. To keep a track of movements around Kanhaiya’s lock up, CCTV cameras would be installed and a Quick Response Team would always accompany him whenever he moves out of his cell.

The medical officer would check food and eatables before reaching his cell and any other item will have to pass through strict security checks before it reaches him. Any person without any prior approval would not be allowed near Kanhaiya to prevent any kind of verbal and physical assault. The gate of the cell will be kept locked round the clock and shall only be opened in the presence of the assistant superintendent with prior permission of at least the deputy superintendent, as and when required. The deputy superintendent would visit Kanhaiya twice a day. Medical assistance, if any, would be provided inside his lock up so as to avoid any confrontation or interaction with other inmates.

The lock up will only be opened after all other inmates in the same ward are in their respective cells. Moreover, the option of producing Kanhaiya before the court through video conferencing would be explored.

Kumar is writing his diary and probably that can be script of Bollywood in future.


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Dr Vaidehi Taman
Dr Vaidehi an Accredited Journalist from Maharashtra is bestowed with Honourary Doctorate in Journalism, Investigative Journalist, Editor, Ethical Hacker, Philanthropist, and Author. She is Editor-in-Chief of Newsmakers Broadcasting and Communications Pvt. Ltd. for 11 years, which features an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, monthly magazines like Hackers5, Beyond The News (international) and Maritime Bridges. She is also an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Security Analyst and is also a Licensed Penetration Tester which caters to her freelance jobs.

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