All You Need To Know About The JNU Controversy
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Sequence of Events at Jawaharlal Nehru University
■ A group of students on Tuesday held an event on the JNU campus attended by representatives from most of JNU’s political outfits. The event, titled “The Country Without a Post Office”, had been organised to “stand in solidarity with the struggle of the Kashmiri people for their democratic right to self-determination” and, among other things, to protest the ‘judicial killing’ of Afzal Guru, who was hanged in 2013 after being convicted in the attack on Parliament in 2001. This comes a day after Guru’s third death anniversary.
It soon turned into a scuffle between the ABVP and the Left organisations after the slogans were shouted. Some students present said that the slogans included, “Bharat ke tukde honge hazaar” (India will be broken into a thousand pieces) and “Bharat ki Barbadi tak jung zaari rahegi” (Our fight will continue until India is destroyed).
■ The event occurred despite varsity administration having cancelled the permission following a complaint by ABVP members, who termed the activity as anti-national. The university administration said that it had been misled all through since the organisers had asked for permission for a “cultural programme”.
■ The JNU Student Union, as well as a number of Leftist campus outfits, had actually condemned the allegedly divisive slogans chanted at that event. The JNU administration has already instituted a disciplinary enquiry as to how the event took place despite the withdrawal of permission and said it will wait for the probe report before taking any further action.
■ JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested on Friday in connection with a case of sedition and criminal conspiracy. The police told the court that Kanhaiya was also required to be interrogated for the purpose of identification of other accused who were seen shouting anti-national slogans during the event organised in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Campus on February 9.
■ The Left-inclined Students Federation Of India (SFI) have distanced themselves from the protest.
■ Rajnath Singh & Smriti Irani have conveyed there will be “zero tolerance” towards anti-national activities.
■ There has been a widespread debate in the Social Media over the issue. Many terms the incident as “anti-national” while some have termed it as “stifling of dissent”.
Q: Why Would Anyone Raise a Voice in Support of a Terrorist?
The group of people who are raising their voice have confirmed that they not in support of Afzal Guru, rather they are raising their voice against the process of “Judicial Killing”.
On 3 February 2013, Afzal Guru( Prime convict for December 2001 terrorist attack on the Indian Parliament) was secretly hanged at Delhi’s Tihar Jail around 08:00 am on 9 February 2013 and afterward buried inside jail grounds. His family was not informed prior to execution and his dead body was later denied to his family. Guru’s family was informed of his execution two days after by a letter.
The prison took steps to execute Guru in secrecy. The execution was carried out without the family’s knowledge or any form of public announcement. Guru’s body was buried on prison grounds to prevent a public funeral.
Many legal experts and international human rights group including Amnesty International condemned the secret process of execution saying that it indicates a disturbing and regressive trend towards executions shrouded in secrecy. The operation surrounding the execution of Afzal Guru was code named Operation Three Star.
The event at JNU titled “The Country Without a Post Office”, had been organised to protest this judicial killing of Afzal Guru as per reports available in various news portals.
At the same time, Supreme Court’s Judgement on Appeal by Guru on August 5, 2005 says, “As criminal acts took place pursuant to the conspiracy, the appellant, as a party to the conspiracy, shall be deemed to have abetted the offence. In fact, he took active part in a series of steps taken to pursue the objective of conspiracy.”