#SaffronEmergency: Court assault sends twitterati into a frenzy

  • IANS, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 16, 2016 11:10 IST
Advocates clash with the JNU students who were protesting against the arrest of JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar at Patiala House Courts in New Delhi on Monday. (PTI)

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.

Other news organisations also live tweeted that their reporters were harassed by the lawyers.

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.

“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.

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.

Others asserted that the university should have been left up to finding and punishing the guilty in the February 9 event.

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.

#SaffronEmergency and Patiala House were among the top 10 national trends on Twitter all of Monday evening.

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