NEW DELHI — Three years later, Delhi Police woke up from a slumber of sort to file a chargesheet against former students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) for having protested on the death anniversary of Parliament Attack accused Afzal Guru.
Among those named in the chargesheet are former JNU student activists Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya. All have been accused of sedition. The other accused in this case are Kashmiri students Aquib Hussain, Mujeeb Hussain, Muneeb Hussain, Umar Gul, Rayeea Rasool and Bashir Bhat.
Khalid, who has recently completed his Phd from the university along with Anirban Bhattacharya in the context of the Chargesheet, issued a sarcastic statement.
“We congratulate the Delhi Police, the Home Ministry and the government for waking up from their deep slumber 3 years after 9 Feb 2016, and barely 3 months before the general elections 2019 and filing a charge sheet against us,” the statement read.
They further wrote, “Lying is an art. It’s not enough to just lie. One also has to time it well. A sense of timing, of placement, is what makes one a master liar. And of course, one also needs to stage one’s own cheerleaders who would celebrate each of one’s lies. That is the role of most of the media today under this regime.”
They continued, “But the people of the country have been dealing with these Sanghi Thugs of Hindustan long enough now. It’s been five years, nearly. They know by now that it would be raining lies as it gets closer to the elections: mandir, statues, 10% reservation, “anti-national”. If the last four years saw the people of the country grappling with one jumla after the other, the closing months would be seeing the crescendo in the symphony of lies.
“Even with us, around the “JNU row” as they call it, its not that they didn’t have their lies ready three years back. But of course, they needed to submit them in the form of a chargesheet in the last hundred days. As the people of this country have prepared their own chargesheet against this anti-people, anti-poor and communal govt, the government once again wants to deflect attention from it’s failures by raking up this issue just before elections. They need to bury their failures under these lies.”
Speaking about the 1200-pages of chargesheet filed against them, they noted, “We are yet to see the chargesheet, but if what is being reported in the media is true, then we want to say categorically that we reject the charges and will contest them legally. In a way, it is good that the matter will finally move to the actual court room after almost three years of media trials. We are convinced about our innocence, and have full faith in the court. After we are proved innocent, we will legally take to task all those media houses who have spread canards about us. Their criminal, irresponsible and inflammatory handling of the entire matter has made our lives vulnerable, even jeapordising our physical safety and leading to assassination attempts. But, this is the price you pay under Modi Raj for exercising your constitutional right of speaking out for the rights of the people.”
They continued, “Finally, we just want to add that no amount of lies would be enough to hide their failures, their anti-poor, anti-farmer, anti-worker, anti-Dalit, anti-minority moves, their corruption, their fake-nationalism, and their desperation. They stand exposed and they will be defeated. We are confident that finally, truth would prevail.”
From the looks of it, it seems like these former JNU students, who have often been termed as the tukdey-tukdey gang is not going to give in easily to those wanting to quash the voice of dissent.