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JNU student leader arrested under sedition charges


A day after a case under charges of sedition was registered against unknown persons in connection with the Afzal Guru episode in JNU campus, police has arrested varsity’s student union president, after conducting a search operation in the campus.

Kanhaiya Kumar, the president of Jawaharlal Nehru University Student’s Union (JNUSU) was arrested by the police on Friday afternoon. “Some policemen in plain clothes came to the campus, conducted a random check at various places including the hostels and convention centre and picked up Kanhaiya,” said a student from the campus.

Meanwhile, taking note of the events in the campus, the Vice Chancelor M Jagadesh Kumar has said that the incident is a work of the “fringe elements” in the campus.

“While the JNU community upholds the right to free debate on campus, the University strongly condemns the use of the University as a platform for activities that violate the Constitution and the laws of the land. However, there could be aberrations where fringe sections misuse the freedom provided,” Mr. Kumar said in a statement released on Friday.

He added: “While that problem would be appropriately addressed in this case, the University would also take steps to protect the academic atmosphere and the environment for vibrant discussion that JNU has always provided and stands for.”


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