JNU Crackdown: Lawyers beat up journalists
The escalating stand-off over the arrest of JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar on sedition charges today saw the students going on strike demanding his immediate release. Scuffle broke out in Patiala House court when JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar was being produced. The court, later, extended Kanhaiya's police custody for 2 more days.
JNU teachers and students supporting Kumar claimed that they were manhandled and forced out of court by lawyers shouting slogans - "Long Live India, down with JNU". Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested last Friday by for participating in the Afzal Guru event on February 9, in which anti-India slogans were raised.
TV Today reporters Anusha Soni and Poonam Sharma were manhandled by protesting lawyers inside the Patiala House court. The reporters were pushed out of the court and their mobile phones were also snatched by the rampaging lawyers. Delhi Police constables present inside the court campus did little to stop the lawyers from resorting to violence. Â
Delhi BJP MLA OP Sharma and few others were also caught on camera attacking a person outside the court premises. However, Sharma denied thrashing anyone, but said that people who raise anti-India slogan should be punished.
" When we were coming out of the court, we heard someone shouting "Pakistan zindabad". When I objected to it, I was pushed. A few people present there then attacked that person," Sharma said.
Arjun Patnaik, president of JNU Teachers Association said that he along with some other teachers had gone to the court to attend hearing of the case involving Kanhaiya Kumar. Patnaik said some lawyers manhandled JNU teachers without any provocation.
"We went there to see the JNUSU president. We were manhandled there, women teachers were also pushed by some men. Police was present but did nothing to stop the attackers. This is unfortunate and we wish to highlight this via media," Patnaik said.Â Â
Here are the latest developments in the story
Many students at the Jawaharlal Nehru University(JNU)have refused to attend classes today in protest against the arrest of Kanhaiya Kumar on sedition charges.
BJP chief Amit Shah today attacked the Congress over the JNU row. Hitting out at Rahul Gandhi, the BJP chief asked if the Congress vice-president had joined hands with separatist forces and wanted another division of India.
Left parties today said they will "fight out" any threat and are "not worried" about being labelled as "anti-national" for their stance on the JNU row after CPM leader Sitaram Yechury allegedly received threat calls over the issue.
We are looking into the content of various tweets which are blasphemous and objectionable: Delhi Police Commissioner Bassi said.
Vice Chancellor Jagadeesh Kumar appealed to protesting students to return to their classes and said an inquiry into the Afzal Guru event would be completed by February 25.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that the Afzal Guru event at JNU was "supported by terror mastermind Hafiz Saeed".
"What happened at JNU has been fully supported by Lashkar chief Hafiz Saeed. I appeal to all political parties that whenever such situations arise where anti-India slogans are raised, the entire nation must speak in one voice," the home minister had said.
JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested last week in connection with a case of sedition and criminal conspiracy registered over holding of the event at the varsity during which anti-India slogans were alleged to have been raised.
His arrest has triggered widespread outrage among students and teachers and drawn severe criticism from non-BJP political parties.
The university teachers had on Sunday rallied behind its protesting students and questioned the administration's decision to allow the police crackdown on the campus even as they appealed to the public not to "brand" the institution as "anti-national".
Mumbai Press Club
Article posted on 07/03/2016
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