JNU sedition case: Students should join probe and present proof of their innocence, says Bassi

New Delhi: Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi on Monday said the five JNU students, who are facing sedition charges for allegedly raising anti-India slogans, should join the probe and prove that they are innocent.

"They (the students) should join the probe. If they are innocent, they should present evidence of their innocence," Bassi told reporters.

Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi. Image courtesy CNN-IBN

Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi. Image courtesy CNN-IBN

The five students — Umar Khalid, Anant Prakash Narayan, Ashutosh Kumar, Rama Naga and Anirban Bhattacharya — returned to the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus on Sunday night.

They had disappeared from the campus after the 9 February event held to mark the anniversaries of executions of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front co-founder Maqbool Bhat.

Asked if police would enter the campus to arrest the students, Bassi said: "I am confident that my team is competent enough to deal with the matter.

"The investigating officer would take the best available option. The world is full of opportunities and options," he said.

"Police have proper evidence against the one who is arrested, and in future too arrests will be made only after proper probe," Bassi added.

JNU has been on the boil over the arrest of its students' union president Kanhaiya Kumar on sedition charges following the 9 February event.


Updated Date: Feb 22, 2016 20:19 PM

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