Kanhaiya fined, suspension for Umar, Anirban
Kanhaiya Kumar, the student leader accused of sedition, has been fined Rs.10,000 by the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) for “indiscipline” Umar Khalid and Anirbhan Bhattacharya who were also charged for sedition were suspended for one semester. All three are research scholars in JNU
. Umar Khalid has also been asked to pay a fine of Rs. 20,000.
These students were arrested and let off on bail earlier this year over an event on February 9 to mark the anniversary of the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, during which controversial slogans were alleged to have been raised.
The arrests triggered angry protests across the country.
Kumar has been touring universities where he has repeatedly attacked the government for what he describes as its divisive policies.
On Sunday, the 28-year-old was deplaned after he alleged that a co-passenger tried to strangle him. He alleged that the passenger, Manas Deka, who works with IT-major TCS, is a BJP supporter.
The arrest of Kanhaiya pitted the government against the opposition after it emerged that the Delhi Police had wrongly declared that it had video evidence of him making anti India slogans at the Afzal Guru event.
University professors and students have come out in large numbers against branding those who oppose government policies as anti-nationals.