'Protests at JNU against Afzal Guru's hanging are anti-national and won't be tolerated': Netas warn strict action against protesters

As the row over protests at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) escalated, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke in stern words on the issue, saying that the government 'will not tolerate any anti-national activities in the country.

"I have instructed the Delhi police to take the strongest possible action against those involved in the incident," the home minister said, according to a report by CNN-IBN.

Protests at JNU against Afzal Gurus hanging are anti-national and wont be tolerated: Netas warn strict action against protesters

JNU building. Image courtesy: www.jnu.ac.in

Home Minister's statement came a day after the Delhi Police registered a case of sedition against agitating students at an event in JNU following complaints by BJP MP Maheish Girri and RSS's student front ABVP. The students were protesting against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

Union HRD minister Smriti Irani on Friday condemned the protest and said: "Any insult to mother India will not be tolerated." Home Minister Rajnath Singh has also warned of "stringent action."

"I am an Indian citizen, so as soon as I saw the footage, I lodged an FIR. I am hopeful about the investigation," Girri said, according to the CNN-IBN report.

However, responding to the FIR, the Congress said that 'dialogue is the best solution', and that there should not be an extreme view, CNN-IBN reported.

Marking the death anniversary of Guru, a group of students on Tuesday held an event on the campus and shouted slogans against government for hanging him, despite varsity administration having cancelled the permission following a complaint by ABVP members, who termed the activity as "anti-national".

Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat said an FIR under Section of 124 A of IPC (sedition) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) has been registered against unknown persons at Vasant Kunj (North) Police station and the video footage of the event was being examined for further action. An FIR has also been registered against Delhi University professor SAR  Geelani for sedition, who was said to be present at a meeting condemning Afzal Guru's hanging.

The JNU administration has already instituted a "disciplinary" enquiry as to how the event took place despite withdrawal of permission and said it will wait for the probe report before taking any further action.

Earlier in the day, the left-dominated JNU students union distanced itself from the controversy, saying ABVP was opposed to it and not the union. Of the four top posts of the union, three are held by Leftist AISA and AISF and one by ABVP.

With inputs from PTI

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Updated Date: Feb 12, 2016 13:19:20 IST

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