Mumbai: The Shiv Sena on Thursday accused the Delhi Police of running away from the situation in JNU, where students "challenged" law and order and said the issue indicated a law and order meltdown.
"The JNU incident is only a spark which shows what is happening in the country. Slogans advocating disintegration of the country and that Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala and Assam should break free are being heard in a university in the country's capital," an editorial in Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana' said.
"A remembrance day is being observed for Afzal Guru, who attacked Parliament and was hanged for his action. Warnings of an Afzal Guru taking birth in every house are doing the rounds. These incidents are an indication of a law and order meltdown," it said.
Police turned into mute spectators and did not enter the campus to arrest a group of students who "mocked" them and "challenged" the law and order situation, it said.
"This is nothing but cowardice and a sign of running away from the situation. If universities become dens of anti-nationals, autonomy should be consigned to flames...Had the police stormed the complex and dragged the group out and arrested them, the whole country would have patted their back," it said.
"Our police, CBI and army can enter the Golden Temple, but cannot enter a university to catch hold of people who want to break the country.
"The police and CBI can enter a chief minister's office and his home. They can also enter the homes of a Union minister, a member of Parliament and insult them after putting them behind bars. But when it came to JNU, they remembered autonomy," the Sena said.
JNU is caught in a row over an event on 9 February on the campus against the hanging of Guru wherein anti-national slogans were allegedly raised. The varsity's students union president Kanhaiya Kumar is in judicial custody in a sedition case in connection with the event.
Besides Kanhaiya, students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, also accused of sedition, had surrendered to the police on Tuesday night and were arrested on Wednesday.