Twitter was abuzz on Monday after lawyers and BJP leaders assaulted journalists and JNU students in the Patiala House court complex here on Monday
Some women journalists and JNU professors were also molested and roughed up outside the court complex, reports said.
“India Today reporters Anusha Soni, Poonam Sharma, Sneha Agarwal (Mail Today) manhandled by lawyers in Patiala courts; mobile phones snatched,” tweeted India Today’s official account.
India Today reporters Anusha Soni, Poonam Sharma, Sneha Agarwal (Mail Today) manhandled by lawyers in Patiala courts; mobile phones snatched— IndiaTodayFLASH (@IndiaTodayFLASH) February 15, 2016
Other news organisations also live tweeted that their reporters were harassed by the lawyers.
Two of our reporters Alok Singh and Kaunain Sheriff beaten up by lawyers inside Patiala House court— Muzamil Jaleel (@MuzamilJALEEL) February 15, 2016
Criticising the BJP for using violence as a “diversionary tactic” to take attention off the central government’s alleged failures, the Aam Aadmi Party condemned the attack on students and journalists.
“The BJP attacked students and journalists to divert attn from land scam in Gujarat, the falling SENSEX and the INR,” Delhi Water Minister Kapil Sharma tweeted.
The BJP attacked Students and Journalists to divert attn from land scam in Gujarat, the falling SENSEX and the INR, pic.twitter.com/O0pNE3oTaS— Kapil Mishra (@KapilMishraAAP) February 15, 2016
“I condemn the attack on TV reporters/JNU faculty by few lawyers in Patiala house court. They sud be identified/their license sud be seized,” AAP spokesperson Ashutosh said on the microblogging site.
I condemn the Attack on TV reporters/JNU faculty by few lawyers in Patiala house court.They sud be identified/their license sud be seized.— ashutosh (@ashutosh83B) February 15, 2016
There was also no dearth of people who took to social media expressing anguish at the JNU fraternity over the recent incidents.
“Dear JNU Students, We Fund Your Studies, Not Your Politics Folks pl read,” Infosys founder-turned-philanthrophist Mohandas Pai said on Twitter.
“The shameless naxals in JNU takes our money for food & studies then worships Pakistan & China..time to crackdown & #CleanUpJNU,” Rahul Easwar wrote.
The shameless naxals in JNU takes our money for food & studies then worships Pakistan & China..time to crackdown & #CleanUpJNU— Rahul Easwar (@RahulEaswar) February 15, 2016
Others asserted that the university should have been left up to finding and punishing the guilty in the February 9 event.
JNU issue has trapped Govt into taking extreme measures. This shd be left to JNU to find n punish the guilty— Kiran Mazumdar Shaw (@kiranshaw) February 15, 2016
People from the media also took to the microblogging site to express solidarity with their colleagues who were assaulted.
“The Editors’ Guild of India, Press Club & News Broadcasters’ Association should condemn the attack on journalists at Patiala House. Now!,” Pankaj Pachauri, media advisor to former prime minister Manmohan Singh, said.
The Editors' Guild of India, The Press Club & News Broadcasters' Association should condemn the attack on journalists at Patiala House. Now!— Pankaj Pachauri (@PankajPachauri) February 15, 2016
#SaffronEmergency and Patiala House were among the top 10 national trends on Twitter all of Monday evening.
When lawyers attack media & students in a place so close to the Supreme Court, you know that talk of #SaffronEmergency will gain ground.— Salman Anees Soz (@SalmanSoz) February 15, 2016
Has Bjp confused "sedition" with opposition? #saffronemergency— swati chaturvedi (@bainjal) February 15, 2016
The only Make In India is: beating up students, doing violence against Minorities & atrocities against Dalits & tribals. #SaffronEmergency— Vinod Mehta (@DrunkVinodMehta) February 15, 2016
'Aaj Ka Goonda Raaj' released in 1992, 24 years ahead of time.#SaffronEmergency— Shirish Kunder (@ShirishKunder) February 15, 2016