ChennaI :We strongly condemn the arrest of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar and the police crackdown on the students and their supporters. The way in which the BJP government acted after the February 9th incidents makes us wonder whether we are living in Germany under Hitler. The draconian sedition law enacted by the colonial British Govt against the freedom fighters is now used against students who had assembled to express their views about the way in which the Indian Government executed Afsal Guru.
The hanging of Afsal Guru without following the mandatory procedures such as informing his wife and child was condemned by eminent persons such as Justice Markandeya Katju and Justice A.P.Shah.The Supreme Court while confirming his death sentence had said he should die to satisfy the conscience of the nation, not a perfectly legal way of dismissing an appeal. Even the BJP’s alliance partner People’s Democratic Party of J&K had condemned it. Speaking in support of the right to self determination is not a crime. It is said that somebody in the crowd had shouted pro Pakistani slogans. Now a video clipping in circulation shows that it is some ABVP students shouting these slogans. It seems it is a pre planned mischief to attribute false motives to the students who had organized the event. The Delhi Police is picking up many innocent youths saying that they resemble JNU students.
The former Delhi University Prof S.A.R. Geelani was also arrested yesterday under sedition and criminal conspiracy charges for conducting a press meet in support of Afsal Guru.
The BJP government and the BJP’s student’s wing are behaving like Hitler youth in handling the students’ issues in IIT, Chennai and Hyderabad Central University. Now in the midst of increasing opposition to their action against JNU students, in a bid to save their face the home minister Rajnath Singh had gone to the extent of saying that the Pakistani extremist Hafis Sayeed is behind the JNU students who participated in the Feb 9th event. This ridiculous charge is made by a responsible senior minister of the BJP govt even after it was proved that the Twitter remark of the Pakistani religious outfit was fake. We demand the immediate release of Kanhaiya Kumar and the withdrawal of all charges including sedition and criminal conspiracy framed against all students of JNU.
We demand immediate release of ex Delhi University Professor S.A.R Geelani.
We condemn the vice chancellor of JNU who lacks moral courage to oppose the political pressure.
We congratulate the teachers and students of JNU who solidly stand behind those arrested under false charges.
We demand that the home minister Rajnath Singh should resign from the cabinet for having spread lies against the JNU students .
We demand that all the laws enacted in the colonial era and those laws that are out of tune with the constitution of India should be abolished.
We express solidarity with the students and teachers of JNU who are fighting for their constitutional rights.
Prof A Marx Chairperson
Prof P Koya Gen Secretary
17 Feb 2016