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Clash In Delhi Court Ahead of Hearing On Arrested JNU Student

Ahead of Arrested JNU Student’s Arrival, Violence In Court: 10 Developments

Ahead of Arrested JNU Student's Arrival, Violence In Court: 10 Developments

Students at Delhi’s JNU have decided to boycott classes until their comrade arrested on charges of sedition is released

NEW DELHI:  A fight erupted inside a Delhi court today just before a hearing on Jawaharlal Nehru University student Kanhaiya Kumar, who was arrested last week over an event held in support of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.
Here are 10 developments in the story:
  1. Teachers and students of JNU reportedly supporting Kanhaiya Kumar were allegedly attacked and manhandled.
  2. Kanhaiya Kumar, the chief of the JNU students’ union, was arrested on Friday by plainclothesmen on campus for allegedly participating in the Afzal Guru event on February 9, in which anti-India slogans were allegedly raised.
  3. “He gave an anti-national speech and was part of the unlawful assembly where anti-national slogans and speeches took place,” Delhi Police chief BS Bassi said today,
  4. Many students have refused to attend classes at the prestigious university over the arrest. Their demand for Kanhaiya Kumar’s release has been supported by political parties like the Congress and Left. Some 500 teachers of the prestigious university have also decided to go on strike.
  5. 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. Students accused of organizing or participating in the controversial event have refused to appear before the university inquiry.
  6. On the opposite side of the protests in support of the arrested student is the ABVP, a student’s body linked to the BJP, which filed a police complaint against the Afzal Guru event.
  7. Home Minister Rajnath Singh said yesterday that the Afzal Guru event was “supported by terror mastermind Hafiz Saeed”.
  8. “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 said.
  9. As the comment led to opposition anger, the Home ministry clarified that Rajnath Singh’s remarks were based on “inputs from different agencies”.
  10. The ministry clarification also followed reports that Mr Singh and the police were misled by a tweet purportedly from a twitter handle in the name of Hafiz Saeed. On Sunday, Pakistani newspaper The Dawn reported the Hafiz Saeed handle was fake. Hafiz Saeed’s Twitter handle was blocked a long time ago.


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