Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University was embroiled in controversy yet again after the students’ union leader was arrested on charges of sedition for shouting allegedly ‘anti-national’ slogans and organising a protest on the death anniversary of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.
Home minister and BJP leader Rajnath Singh had on Saturday promised strict action against those responsible for organising the demonstration while HRD minister Smriti Irani said India couldn’t tolerate “any insult to Mother India”.
The students, however, continued protests against the court allowing JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar’s custodial interrogation.
Opposition parties too joined in, with Left parties condemning the arrest while Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said: “The most anti-national people are the ones who are suppressing the voice of this institution,” he said, addressing a gathering of around 2,000 students at the university campus on Saturday.
Here’s how the controversy unfolded:
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, on Sunday, ordered a magisterial probe into the alleged ‘anti-India’ protest which led to the arrest of students union leader Kanhaiya Kumar.
Around 80 to 90 students participated in the event organised reportedly against the hanging of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, police said.