Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday warned of serious consequences for those who raised anti India slogans on the JNU campus.
He told ANI news agency, “Anyone who raises anti-India slogans or tries to put a question mark on nation’s unity and integrity will not be spared. Stringent actions must be taken against them (who raised anti-India slogans in JNU) and strict action will be taken.”
Union HRD Minister, Smriti Irani, too broke her silence and warned that anti-national activities wouldn’t be tolerated.
She told reporters, “Today is Saraswati puja. Mother Swaraswati blesses us to use our voice that contributes to the prosperity of our country. We want people to use their voices to show patriorism. We can’t tolerate the insult meted out to mother India. ”
Meanwhile, JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested on Friday in connection with a case of sedition and criminal conspiracy over holding of an event at the prestigious institute against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.
The case was registered yesterday under Section of 124 A (sedition) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC against unknown persons at Vasant Kunj (North) Police station following complaints by BJP MP Maheish Girri and ABVP.
“Kanhaiya Kumar has been arrested in connection with the case,” a senior police official was quoted by PTI.
His comments came after controversy surrounding the planned screening of a film on Afzal Guru in JNU earlier this week. The decision to screen a film on Afzal Guru had provoked the members of the RSS-affiliated students’ body ABVP, who staged protests outside the office of the VC.
Maheish Giri, the BJP Lok Sabha member from East Delhi, had on Thursday written to Rajnath Singh and Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani to requesting them to take stringent actions those who raised anti-India slogans.
Giri also said that he had lodged an FIR against ‘anti-national’ students of Jawaharlal Nehru University who opposed the death penalty to parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.
“Gave a written complaint to @DCPSouthDelhi requesting him to lodge an FIR against Anti-India elements in JNU,” Giri tweeted.
Meanwhile, a Delhi University professor’s decision to host a discussion on Kashmir in the Press Club too has snowballed into a huge controversy.
Reports suggest that anti-India slogans were raised during the discussion on Kashmir organised the DU professor, Ali Zafar.
Angry protesters chanted, “Kashmir lekar rahenege’, ‘Afzal Guru Amar Rahe.” But Zafar said that he was unaware of the any plans to organise a protest at the venue booked to discuss Kashmir.
According to some reports, SAR Geelani, the Delhi University professor who had been acquitted in the Parliament attack case, too was present at the event.
“It was not a Press Club event. A member had booked the hall but we did not know the real purpose. The moment we heard shouting and sloganeering, we stopped the event. We have also initiated action against the concerned member. The club has sent a showcause notice to the member and have asked him to explain his conduct within 48 hours,” PCI president Rahul Jalali was quoted by Mail Today.
Delhi Press Club management has now filed a complaint at Parliament Street Police Station against organiser of event where pro-Afzal Guru slogans were raised.