Delhi Police has written a letter to the JNU authorities asking them to inform the police about the movements of JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar outside of campus and the nature of his visits.
The move comes in view of the court’s directive after the attack on Kumar at Patiala House court complex on February 17, which said police must ensure the safety of students accused in the sedition case.
Sources claimed that a letter was sent after Kumar’s release from jail, DCP (South) Prem Nath wrote that the 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."
Sources claimed that the police team possibly will be moving around with Kanhaiya Kumar every time the JNUSU President moves out of the campus.
Even on Kanhaiya’s release the police had made adequate security arrangements including deputing multiple escort teams to make sure Kanhaiya reaches the campus in a safe condition.
Kahaiya 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 FIR was registered two days later taking suo motu cognisance of a video clip obtained from a Hindi news channel. Serious lapses in his security were exposed when Kanhaiya was thrashed in the Patiala House Court premises by a group of lawyers on February 17.
A six-member panel formulated by the Supreme Court had held the police responsible for Kanhaiya’s assault. Around 10 days after Kumar’s arrest, two more students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, who were accused in the same case, surrendered. The duo is presently in judicial custody.