As part of efforts to provide foolproof security to JNU students’ union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar, Delhi Police has asked University authorities to inform them about the student leader’s movements outside the campus and nature of his visits.
In a letter to University authorities sent after Mr Kumar’s release from jail, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Prem Nath wrote that the Station House Officer (SHO) of Vasant Kunj (North) Police Station, which has the campus under its jurisdiction, should be informed well in time about “the movements/visits of Kumar outside the campus, including nature of visit and travel mode so that necessary security/preventive measures may be taken to prevent any untoward incident”.
A police source said the move comes in view of the court’s directive after the attack on Mr Kumar at Patiala House court complex on February 17, which said police must ensure that none of the students arrested in connection with the sedition case suffer even a scratch.
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The latest letter suggests that a police team will be moving around with Mr Kumar every time he moves out of the varsity’s campus.
The police also ensured full security to Mr Kumar on Thursday, when he was released from jail on conditional bail, and deployed multiple escort teams to make sure that he reaches the campus safe.
Mr Kumar was arrested on February 12 in a case of sedition registered over an event in which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.
The event was held on February 9 inside the JNU campus, to protest against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.
The First Information Report or FIR was registered two days later taking suo motu cognisance of a video clip obtained from a Hindi news channel.
Around 10 days after Mr Kumar’s arrest, two other students – Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, who were accused in the same case, surrendered.
Both are presently in judicial custody.