New Delhi, March 1: Kanhaiya Kumar, former President of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union, who was at the centre of the anti-national stir in the country last year, did not shout anti-India slogans on February 9, 2016, according to fresh reports that have emerged on the incident. An India Today report states that during the police investigation, Kumar’s voice samples have tested negative in the forensic examination.
According to the India Today report, the police are yet to file a formal chargesheet in the case. The report says that the police have checked Kanhaiya Kumar’s voice samples against 40 videos of the incident. It says that Kumar had reached the scene only after a clash broke out between the JNUSU and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) students.
However, the report also quotes a senior special-cell officer on anonymity as saying that the police are trying to connect the lose ends and are in the process of filing a chargesheet, and that it would be incorrect to say there was no evidence against accused in the case.
Meanwhile, the report adds that nine students including Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya may have shouted anti-India slogans. “Most of the other slogan shouters were Kashmiri students from several universities, Jamia Millia Islamia and the Aligarh Muslim University included, according to special-cell officials,” says the report. An India Today report says that Khalid and Bhattacharya may be charged with sedition.
Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested in February 2016 on charges as serious as sedition for allegedly shouting anti-India slogans at the the JNU campus. He was also attacked by some people in the court premises when he was taken for hearing in the case.
Kanhaiya Kumar, who is now out on bail, also joined the protests called by the All India Students’ Association at the Delhi University on Tuesday. Kanhaiya, along with former JNUSU vice-president Shehla Rashid were present at the protests on Tuesday against the ABVP and the violence that played out during last week’s protests at the Ramjas College. The ABVP protested against his presence at the protest site saying ‘anti-nationals’ should not be joining students’ protest march.
All eyes are now on the chargesheet to be filed in the case against Kanhaiya Kumar and other students in the incident that had raked up a storm last year. It remains to be seen as to what action will be taken against those charged with sedition in the Delhi Police chargesheet.