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JNU fiasco timeline: Protest over Afzal Guru hanging, sedition row & Who said what explained


The protests in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) began on Wednesday, Feb 10, when Left-oriented students' group planned to organise a cultural program and a protest march to protest against the 'Judicial Killing of Afzal Guru' and also to dislplay solidarity with Kashmiri migrants who are struggling at varsity's Sabarmati Dhaba. [JNU fiasco: What is Nation and Nationalism?]

The Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) staged a protest outside the office of the vice chancellor to protest over the event against the hanging of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. [JNU to J&K: An attempt being made to bring the ghost of Afzal Guru back]


In last six days, a lot has been said and discussed politically over the sensitive issue. Let's understand in detail all about JNU fiasco, on a day-to-day basis and who said what. [The Afzal Guru issue and hypocrisy that surrounds it]

Here is a detailed Timeline of events that happened in connection with the JNU protests: [JNU campus row: Sedition is the only deterrent for anti India protests]

Feb 11:

[JNU row echoes at meeting of political parties convened by PM Modi]

  • JNU set up a proctorial committee on Wednesday to inquire into an event organised by some former members of Democratic Students' Union (DSU) that led to violent clashes on the campus.
  • Maheish Giri, the BJP Lok Sabha member from East Delhi, on Thursday, Feb 11 lodges an FIR against 'anti-national' students of Jawaharlal Nehru University who opposed the death penalty to parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.
  • #ShutDownJNU trends on Twitter.

Feb 12:

[JNU protests: New, ugly face of Modi's India, says Pakistani daily]

  • Talking tough, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday, Feb 12, warns of "strongest possible" action against those involved in raising anti-India slogans at an event in JNU campus here, saying such activities will not be tolerated.
  • Former Delhi University lecturer SAR Geelani is booked for sedition in connection with an event at Press Club of India, in which a group shouted slogans hailing Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.
  • The president of Jawaharlal Nehru University's students union (JNUSU) is arrested by Delhi police, in a case of sedition and criminal conspiracy.
  • Left parties question the arrest of JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar and asks Delhi Police to not act in "connivance" with ABVP to target "entire Left" even as they likened the ongoing developments in the varsity campus to "situations during Emergency".
  • Union minister Kiren Rijiju says the government will not allow anyone to spread anti-national sentiment in the country.
  • 8 students get debarred from academic activities by JNU pending a disciplinary enquiry into an event at varsity against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.
  • Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi says Modi government "bullying" an institution like JNU was "completely condemnable", but at the same time asserted that anti-India sentiment is "unquestionably unacceptable".

Feb 13

[Let JNU students playing politics raise their own fees: Mohandas Pai]

  • Delhi police issued an alert across the country in the wake of a tweet allegedly posted by 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed. Tweet said, "We request our Pakistani Brothers to trend #SupportJNU for our pro-Pakistani JNUites brothers." [JNU protest was tailor made for Hafiz Saeed]
  • A group of ex-army officials threaten to return their degrees as mark of protest.
  • Communist Party of India-Marxist General Secretary Sitaram Yechury meets Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh regarding the JNU campus incidents and demands the release of a student leader arrested over sedition charges.
  • Home Minister Rajnath Singh asserts that no innocent will be harassed but the guilty "will not be spared" as Left leaders met him questioning the police action against students including arrest of JNUSU leader.
  • Delhi police have detains seven students in connection with the JNU campus row.
  • Union Minister Kiren Rijiju says the premier academic institute cannot be allowed to be a hub of anti-national activities.
  • Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal orders a magisterial inquiry into the JNU incident and accuses Prime Minister Narendra Modi of using police to "terrorise everyone" even as he asserted that anti-national activities should not be tolerated under any circumstances and those guilty must be identified and punished.
  • Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi says the government is trying to crush students' voice in the country by ordering police action in university campuses.
  • Hitting out at Rahul Gandhi and other opposition leaders who criticised the arrest of a JNU student leader, BJP alleges that they were speaking in the voice of terror outfit LeT which was an insult to the martyrs and would boost the morale of anti-national forces.
  • Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma alleges that he was attacked physically by ABVP activists in JNU campus when he was returning with Rahul Gandhi after attending a protest meeting held by students there.

Feb 14

[JNU has always been anti establishment, says former special secretary]

  • "Please do not call my son a terrorist," says JNUSU President Kanhaiya's mother as she breaks down while watching the news flashes on TV at a neighbour's house in Bihar's Begusarai district.
  • Rajnath Singh appeals to political parties to unite in opposing incidents where anti-national slogans are raised.
  • Delhi police says enough evidence for sedition charges.

Feb 15

[The fierce Left-right conflict in India with none to balance]

  • Congress leader Manish Tewari accuses Home Minister Rajnath Singh of "communalising" the issue and tweets: "Rajnath communalising#JNUATROCITY at PULPIT of Pulp Patriotism. Tell PM's Biryani friend Nawaz Sharief Arrest Hafiz Seed for terror attacks."
  • JNU students go on strike till Kanhaiya Kumar is released.
  • Shiv Sena says all politicians who support the students' agitation should be stripped off their 'elected status' and those raising slogans against India put behind bars.
  • BJP president Amit Shah launches a scathing attack on Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi for his stand on the Jawaharlal Nehru University row.
  • CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury allegedly receives threat calls over extending support to students who are protesting the arrest of JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar. Delhi Police steps up security around the CPI-M office.
  • Left parties say they will "fight out" any threat and are "not worried" about being labelled as "anti-national" for their stance on the JNU row.
  • CPI-M leader Prakash Karat takes pot-shots at Home Minister Rajnath Singh for saying that Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed backed the Afzal Guru event at the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus and says Singh relies on a fake Twitter handle for information.
  • RSS leader Dattatreya Hosabale alleges that it was a result of a "conspiracy" and those who raised slogans in support of Pakistan and Afzal Guru are "traitors" and should be charged with treason. [Is RSS behind JNU fiasco?]
  • Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi tells media, "Kahaiya Kumar had joined the meeting in the campus where anti-national slogans were raised. He also raised these slogans."
  • Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi says BJP nad RSS want to control everyone's views and follow the agenda of creating divide and hatred among people.
  • Congress says it does not need lessons in patriotism from those "who are inheritors of thought process of Nathu Ram Godse".
  • Congress MP Kumari Selja says her party would raise the issue of the ongoing unrest on the JNU campus in Parliament and demanded that a high-level probe be conducted into the matter.
  • A brawl takes place at the Patiala House court, after about 40 lawyers present inside the court shout slogans against the Jawaharlal Nehru University asking the institute's faculty to leave the court.
  • BSP President Mayawati alleges the NDA government had branded JNU as "anti-national" to implement the "extreme and offensive agenda" of the RSS and terms as "political conspiracy" the arrest of JNU Students' Union president Kanhaiya Kumar on sedition charges.
  • BJP activists burn effigy of Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi in front of Vidhan Bhawan.
  • A Delhi court extends the police custody of Kanhaya Kumar, JNU student union leader to February 17.
  • JNU sends a "status" report to HRD ministry about the situation in the campus and the action taken by the varsity.
  • Senior AAP leader Ashutosh claims that he has received life threat for the second time over the ongoing JNU controversy.
  • Former Delhi University lecturer SAR Geelani, who was booked for sedition, is detained by Delhi police.

Feb 16

[The law of Sedition and how the Supreme Court has defined it]

  • Delhi police have formally arrested ex-Delhi university teacher S A R Geelani in connection with the JNU campus row case.
  • Delhi police launches a hunt for several students who are on the run.
  • A First Information Report (FIR) registered over some lawyers thrashing journalists at Patiala House court.
  • JNU teachers join students in boycotting classes in protest against arrest of its student union leader in a sedition case and say they would take classes on "nationalism" in the varsity lawns.
  • Congress condemns the attack on teachers and journalists in Patiala House court premises, calling it an "act of facism".
  • Delhi High Court rejects petition seeking NIA probe into JNU incident.
  • Delhi journalists stage a protest march against the violence that took place in Patiala House Courts on Monday, where some of them as well as students were beaten up.
  • Students of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) take out a protest march against alleged police excesses at the JNU campus even as they condemn the anti-national slogans raised during the JNU protest.
  • Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal activists stage a protest outside JNU.
  • BJP national spokesperson M J Akbar calls Rahul Gandhi a "principal misleader" of Indian politics and said it showed his "willingness" to "twist" the truth.
  • Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal meets Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and takes up with him the situation in JNU.
  • Rahul Gandhi condemns the attack on journalists in New Delhi in connection with the JNU row and alleged that the government is "planting RSS VCs" in universities.

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