Home Minister Rajnath Singh today lashed out at "those raising anti-India slogans" at an event organised by some students in Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University against the hanging of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. He said that whoever raised these slogans is liable for stringent action.
Charges of sedition and criminal conspiracy were filed against 'unknown people' by the Delhi Police on Thursday after a clash between student groups at (JNU) on Tuesday.
The students got into a fight over an event to commemorate the death anniversary of Afzal Guru, who had been hanged after being convicted in the Parliament attack case. The police had to be called on campus to restore order.
The case was filed on the complaint of ABVP and BJP MP from East Delhi, Maheish Girri.
The latter wrote a complaint against "anti-constitutional and anti-national elements" in JNU to Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani.
The letter resulted in charges being filed against unknown persons under Section 124A (sedition) and 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy) at Vasant Kunj North police station.
The police has collected video footage of the event from students and the media and questioned several students. They will also investigate the alleged use of arms during the clash.
JNU registrar Bupinder Zutshi said the university's Proctorial Committee has been given two weeks to submit its report after investigating "indiscipline" by the students. He said the students had held the event even though the university had withdrawn its permission for it.