Bringing the battle for release of JNU Student Union President Kanhaiya Kumar on the streets, students and teachers community will march to Jantar Mantar today. While Kanhaiya has been sent to judicial custody in Tihar Jail for 14 days, Delhi Police is yet to take action against ‘nationalist’ lawyers. Despite the fact that the same group of lawyers who attacked teachers-students-journalists had been identified by the media, police had failed to locate them.
The protestors have invited civil society to join the march, which has so far extended overwhelming support to the JNU community. The organisers expect at least 2000 – 3000 people participating along with them.
Meanwhile, three officer bearers of BJP backed student wing ABVP (Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarathi Parishad) have resigned from the party. They have reasoned mishandling of JNU row and long standing difference of opinion on Manusmriti and Rohith Vemula incident.
Even as the JNUSU Vice President Shehla Rashid had sought Police protection for the March, seeing current state of lawlessness in the name of nationalism in Delhi, such attacks can be preempted. While Shehla Rashid states, “Delhi Police as is their typical behaviour towards such requests, has given us no response as such but we will try our best not to respond to provocations and appeal to the people to do the same.”
It is another thing altogether when we come to the latest vigilance, or lack thereof, shown by the Delhi Police. It is indeed not a surprise that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has attacked Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi tweeting, “Del Pol openly flouting SC orders. Bassi acting so brazenly.”