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JNU student Kanhaiya Kumar, accused of sedition, released on bail from Tihar Jail

A Court Here Today Ordered Release Of JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar From The Tihar Jail After He Furnished Bail Bond In The Sedition Case, A Day After He Was Granted Six Months’ Interim Bail By The Delhi High Court.

PTI | Updated on: 03 Mar 2016, 11:49:42 PM

New Delhi :

Delhi Police have ensured tight security for JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar who was released from Tihar jail today after he got bail in a sedition case.

Kumar was released at around 6.30 PM, following which a team of officials of Delhi Police’s west district escorted him till one point from where a South district police team took him to the JNU campus, a police source said.

Earlier in the day, police mounted heavy security outside the Jawaharlal Nehru University gates where a group was spotted protesting against Kumar.

Apprehending “clashes” following Kumar’s release, police issued an ‘advisory’ to all district, traffic and PCR units asking them to maintain a strict vigil, especially in and around the JNU and Delhi University campuses.

“The advisory says that in case Kumar gets bail, there is a possibility that he may visit places like Jantar Mantar, JNU and DU with a large number of his supporters, including students’ groups like AISF and AISA and members of some political parties,” a police source said.

“It says that ABVP and other right wing groups, including some political leaders, may oppose such gatherings and there is a possibility of clashes among the groups.

“In view of the sensitivity and gravity of the matter, a sharp vigil by local police is recommended to avoid any untoward incident,” he said.

The advisory was first issued when police opposed Kumar’s bail plea in the high court. It was reissued yesterday, the source added.

Kumar, who was arrested on February 12 in connection with a sedition case over a controversial JNU event, was yesterday granted interim bail for six months by the Delhi High Court which said he has to cooperate in the ongoing investigation and appear before investigators as and when required.

Kumar was attacked by a group of men at the Patiala House Court complex here when he was taken there on February 17.  Following the incident, the high court had come down hard on Delhi Police and said it will be answerable if any of the students arrested in connection with the case suffered even a scratch.

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First Published : 03 Mar 2016, 06:42:00 PM