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Mahishasura & beef claims in cop report

New Delhi, Feb. 16: Delhi police have cited "beef eating" and worship of "Mahishasura" by some far-Left student organisations at JNU to bolster their charge that they were involved in "anti-national" activities in the university.

The claim came in a status report to the Union home ministry in connection with the activities by these groups on February 9, the day of the campus protest that eventually led to Kanhaiya Kumar's arrest on the charge of sedition.

The Telegraph has a copy of the report, which was sent to the ministry on Monday.

The police also said they had kept surveillance on these organisations since October and had sent a report to the ministry earlier.

Monday's report said many Left-supported student unions were active in JNU but the Democratic Students Union and the Democratic Students' Front - both far-Left organisations - had been found indulging in anti-national activities. The report said their activities included worshipping "Mahishasura in place of Goddess Durga".

"They also asked for beef in (the) hostel mess," the report added.

The report did not specify whether it was cow meat, which is banned, or buffalo meat, which is sold as beef in the capital.

On the worship of Mahishasura, the demon slain by Durga, members of the RSS student arm ABVP and some Left-backed student unions had come to blows twice in the past.

The far-Left groups observe October 24 as Mahishasura Day and hail the demon as a powerful ruler who led the working classes.

Referring to February 9, the report said DSU students led by Umar Khalid started gathering near Sabarmati dhaba on the university premises around 5pm. Nearly 80-100 DSU and Left-leaning students had assembled, the report said, to see a documentary film on the history of the occupation of Kashmir. But the JNU administration denied them permission for the screening.

"The activists of DSU felt offended and started to shout slogans and sang songs in favour of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhatt. The Left-supported students' groups were shouting ' Bharat ki barbadi tak jang rahegi, Kashmir ki azaadi tak jang rahegi', 'India Go back', ' Ham lekar rahenge azaadi', Pakistan zindabad' and ' Kitne Afzal maroge, ghar ghar se Afzal niklega'...," the report said.

While Parliament attack convict Afzal was hanged on February 9, 2013, JKLF co-founder Maqbool was executed in 1984.

The report also said among those present at the protest was Kumar, the JNU students' union president.

Besides DSU students, the report said, there were students from the All India Students' Association (AISA) and the Students' Federation of India (SFI) who took part in the protest.

Delhi police, who report to the Centre, said the special branch (SB), the police's intelligence wing, had been keeping an eye on the activities of student organisations and people who had a stake in JNU and had mentioned this in its earlier report to the home ministry.

The report said senior SB officers had visited JNU and met the then vice-chancellor on October 6 last year. Among the suggestions that came up at the meeting was CCTV surveillance.

"It was also discussed that some student groups often raise slogans and participate in protest inside the campus. Many such slogans have anti-national colour," the report said.

Another earlier report claimed that some students linked to far-Left groups celebrated a Maoist massacre of CRPF jawans in Chhattisgarh.


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