New Delhi :
As the row at JNU over an event against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru raged, a video allegedly showing ABVP members shouting pro-Pakistan slogans is going viral.
ABVP, however, has rubbished the allegations saying the video was “morphed” to tarnish their image.
The 1 minute 32 second video titled “The Conspiracy”, uploaded on social media shows four students, allegedly belonging to ABVP, the student’s wing of RSS, shouting “Pakistan Zindabad” slogans.
Students from the Left-wing groups alleged that members of ABVP had shouted anti-national slogans prompting the crowd which was a mixed bunch of different student groups and even outsiders to follow suit.
“They were the ones who shouted those slogans disrupting a meeting which was peacefully debating the issue. We do not even know who said what and they easily demonised every student as anti-national,” said a student who belongs to Left-backed All India Students Association (AISA).
JNU Students Union Joint Secretary, Saurabh Kumar Sharma, who is the only ABVP member among office bearers, said, “These are all tactics to tarnish our image and attack us as we have objected to their anti-national activities. The video has been morphed only to defame us and spread false information”.
The university authorities, however, could not comment on whether those seen in the video available with the varsity probe committee, were ABVP members or not.
JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested earlier this week in connection with a case of sedition and criminal conspiracy registered over holding of the event at the varsity during which anti-India slogans were alleged to have been raised.
Kanhaiya’s arrest has triggered widespread outrage among students and teachers and drawn severe criticism from non-BJP political parties.
Seven of eight JNU students who were debarred from academic activities earlier this week in connection with a controversial event held on the campus, have been asked to appear before a high level committe of the varsity probing the matter.
“Seven students have been sent notices to appear before the university’s high level committee probing the matter. Eight students including Kanhaiya have been debarred from any academic activity till the inquiry is over,” JNU registrar Bhupinder Zutshi said.
“The debarred students have been allowed to stay in the hostels as they will be required to attend the probe committee meetings,” he said.
The varsity’s decision was taken on the basis of an interim report of the proctorial committee set up by the university. The final report of the probe panel is likely to be ready by next week.
JNU Studnets’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar is in police custody in connection with the case.
Kumar was arrested earlier this week after a case of sedition and criminal conspiracy was registered over holding of the event at the varsity during which anti-India slogans were alleged to have been raised.
The arrest has triggered widespread outrage among students and teachers and drawn severe criticism from non-BJP parties.
RSS today made a veiled attack on Congress and the Left over their stand on the JNU row, saying some political leaders are “condoning anti-national acts instead of demanding action against them”.
RSS spokesperson Manmohan Vaidya also termed as “serious” what he claimed was students engaging in “anti-India activities” on the campus of a central university and some teachers supporting them.
“At the expense of exchequer money, instead of studying, students are involving themselves in anti-India activities and some teachers are supporting them. It is serious,” he said.
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and Left leaders Sitaram Yechury and D Raja had yesterday met the students on the campus who are protesting against the sedition case slapped on the president of the JNU students’ union Kanhaiya Kumar.
Asked about their visit to the campus, Vaidya said, “Instead of condemning and demanding strict action against anti-national activities, some political leaders are condoning the act.”
The RSS leader also attacked the Left for leading the recent “pro Afzal Guru” demonstrations on the JNU campus. Guru was hanged following his conviction in the Parliament attack case.
“Left-led demonstrations at JNU in support of a terrorist convict, coupled ‘with anti-Bharat’ slogans on placards is a matter of grave concern,” Vaidya said.