Delhi Police Commissioner Bhim Sain Bassi on Saturday denied allegations that the force was being saffronised by the Central government. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia have levelled this charge.
Defending strict action in the Jawaharlal National University controversy, Bassi said the police act without any extraneous influence.
“We are firmly committed to the rule of law and do not entertain any malice towards anyone," he said.
Delhi police warned students against indulging in antinational activities and said that punishment ranges from three years to life imprisonment.
The commissioner denied allegations of police personnel entering girls’ hostels.
"These are totally incorrect, malicious and mischievous," police said.
Police said JNU Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested and raids were conducted in the campus on Friday and Saturday only after obtaining permission from the college authorities.
Multiple letters have been sent to the VC by Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Prem Nath, they said.
Currently, police are conducting raids across the capital to arrest five other students – Umar Khalid, Anant Prakash, Rama Naga, Ashutosh and Anirban.
Investigating officers said they are absconding from the campus.
On Saturday, Bassi also met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and submitted a status report over the JNU matter.
In the report, police stated that on February 9, which was the 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru’s third death anniversary, the PCR got a call of unrest on campus.
Sources said students were holding controversial and anti-national posters. ProAfzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat slogans were being raised with a section of students sloganeering Pakistan Zinzabad."
"There was a clash between two groups at Sabarmati dhaba at around 5 pm," the sources claimed.
Police are also questioning Ali Javed, a professor of Urdu in Delhi University, who had booked the conference hall of Press Club of India as a member (non-journalist category). At that event too, anti-national slogans were raised.