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NEW DELHI: Delhi University Professor SAR Geelani has been detained on late Monday evening by police over anti-India slogans during an event at Press Club of India on February 10.
A sedition case had been lodged against Prof Geelani at the Parliament Street police station. A group allegedly led by Geelani had shouted slogans hailing Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during a public meeting at the Press Club of India (PCI) on February 10.
Police had lodged an FIR against Geelani and other unnamed persons under sections 124-A (sedition), 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 149 (unlawful assembly) and 34 of the IPC in connection with the event at the Press Club.
DCP Jatin Narwal (New Delhi) said, “We have already started the probe and are verifying all facts. Those found to be involved in such activity will be questioned.” Geelani was arrested in connection with the 2001 Parliament attack but later acquitted.
Agencies quoted sources saying the police have also sent notices to others who were on the “dais” during the PCI event. Ali Javed, DU professor and organiser of the event, was called Friday night to Parliament Street police station and questioned till midnight. He was called again on Saturday morning. In the evening, a former DU professor was also called for questioning.
The case against Geelani was filed after Delhi Police took suo-motu cognizance of media clips of the incident. So far, police have received no formal complaints from anybody over the Press Club incident, said Narwal.
According to the FIR, “Geelani and a few persons have raised slogans intentionally and in a well- planned manner”. It also says, “The event was called off after the intervention of the PCI office secretary who heard the slogans. Javed was also issued a showcause notice from the PCI administration for conducting such an event.”
Sources said police are trying to establish the identities of those involved in the sloganeering. More people will be questioned in the coming days, they added.
‘ARREST ‘KASHMIRIS’ ONLY AFTER GOVT FORMATION’
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NEW DELHI: Jammu and Kashmir BJP leaders are reported to have flashed an SoS to party high command, seeking ‘slow-down’ on the arrest of ‘Kashmiris’, if any, involved in the 10th February anti-national sloganeering in JNU.
Sources told STATE TIMES that the State BJP leaders, especially the former ministers, fear that arrest of Kashmiris may hamper rechristening of the alliance with Mehbooba Mufti, as she may not like to be seen on the side of a party pursuing hot pursuit against students from the Valley.
Sources also stated that the BJP unit is finding the timing of crackdown on anti-national elements in JNU counter-productive as far as the government formation is concerned.
The State BJP leaders are pushing hard to revive the alliance the party had cobbled with Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, which Mehbooba Mufti is on record having stated as ‘unpopular’ in Kashmir. “The added muscle pulling in JNU will make the alliance to get rechristened difficult”, highly placed BJP told STATE TIMES, hoping that till the time of any decision on government formation, no action will be initiated against any student, hailing from the Valley.
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