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JNU Row: Mehbooba Mufti Claims She Safeguarded Kashmiri Students From Delhi Police in 2016

Mehbooba's claims came hours after she took on the Centre following Delhi police's chargesheet against former JNUSU president, Kanhaiya Kumar, and others in the sedition case lodged in 2016.

Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday claimed during the height of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) row, that her intervention stopped the Delhi police from taking any action against Kashmiri students accused of being present where anti-India slogans were raised in February 2016.

Mehbooba, whose Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was an alliance partner to the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party(BJP), further claimed that as a result of her intervention, the Centre silently deputed a team to watch over Kashmiri students in New Delhi.

Also read: Despite SC’s Stance on Sedition, Charge Slapped on JNU’s Kanhaiya Kumar, Others

Mehbooba told The Wire that due to her intervention, not only did the team ensure the safety of the Kashmiri students in their campuses, but also that the “pressure on the Centre” prevented Delhi police from taking any action against the Kashmiri students.

Speaking to The Wire, she said:

“I personally raised the issue with home minister Rajnath Singh and conveyed the possible fallout of the arrests. Subsequently, the Ministry of Home Affairs conveyed the same to top Delhi police officials. Following this, a team from the MHA was also deputed silently to ensure the safety of all these students in campus to ensure there is no problem to them. Delhi police was told not to act against Kashmiris.”

The claims, if true, pose some serious questions over the manner in which the investigation into the case was held by the Delhi police.

Mehbooba’s claims came hours after she took on the Centre following Delhi police’s chargesheet against former JNUSU president, Kanhaiya Kumar, and others in the sedition case lodged in 2016.

She had earlier tweeted, “No surprises here. We are months away from the 2019 general election and like always, using Kashmiris to score extra political points with the Indian electorate has become somewhat of a pre-requisite.”

In another tweet Mehbooba wrote,”Timing of the chargesheet couldn’t be any more suspicious. When UPA was in power, it decided to send Afzal Guru to the gallows and to this day J&K is paying a price.”

The Delhi police on Monday also charged former JNU students – Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya – for allegedly using ‘anti-India’ slogans during an event organised on the JNU campus on February 9, 2016 –  the anniversary of the hanging of Afzal Guru.

Among the Kashmiri students charged in the case are Aquib Hussain, Mujeeb Hussain, Muneeb Hussain, Umar Gul, Rayeea Rassol, Bashir Bhat, Aparajita Raja and Basharat Ali.

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