Delhi Police had alerted JNU authorities about the February 9 event and its “possible repercussions” as they had no idea that the programme had nothing to do with cultural activity, according to a status report filed by police in connection with the incident.
The report also mentioned that 18 students, including arrested JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar, were “present” at the event which included a march from Sabarmati dhaba to Ganga dhaba around 7.30 PM and, in an hour, the crowd had dispersed “peacefully”.
The police, in its report, had said they got to know about the event on the morning of February 9 when they came across the posters inside the campus, following which “JNU authorities were alerted about the programme and its possible repercussions,” sources said.
According to report, some students were alleged to have indulged in “unwanted activity” in the garb of a cultural evening. They shouted anti-India slogans and also those in support of freedom of Jammu and Kashmir.
“The authorities, even the office of the V-C, had no idea that the programme had nothing to do with cultural activities. They were timely alerted and the permission was denied,” they said.
In another report filed on February 12, the police said as many as 16 JNU students, including a former JNUSU president, were under the scanner after they received specific inputs.
JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested on Friday after a case of sedition and criminal conspiracy was registered over holding of the February 9 event on the varsity campus during which anti-India slogans were alleged to have been raised.