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Opposition questions Rajnath’s Hafiz Saeed claim, demands proof

JNU protests Updated: Feb 16, 2016 11:24 IST
Rajnath Singh

General Secretary of CPI(M) party Sitaram Yechury addresses students of the Jawaharlal Nehru University on Saturday.(PTI)

National Confernece leader Omar Abdullah and Left leaders Sitaram Yechury and D Raja on Sunday questioned home minister Rajnath Singh’s claim that the JNU event about Afzal Guru had the support of LeT chief Hafiz Saeed.

Earlier in the day, Rajnath had said a programme that allegedly praised Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University had the support of Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed.

“The incident(Afzal event) at JNU has received support from Hafiz Saeed. This is a truth that the nation needs to understand,” Singh told reporters in Allahabad, adding, “What has happened is very unfortunate.”

His comments came two days after a series of tweets, purportedly by Saeed, had appeared under a hashtag asking Pakistanis to support the agitation in JNU.

Read: Rajnath claims Hafiz Saeed backed JNU’s Afzal Guru incident

Reacting to the Singh’s claim, CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said the home minister has to come out and share the evidence he has with the country to back up his “serious allegation”.

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said that “This is a very serious charge levied against students of well reputed university. This is for the first time that the Union government, within months period, is dubbing the University students as anti-nationals.”

In a series of tweets, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said it is a “very serious charge” to level against the students and that the evidence must be shared with all.

The former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir said the home minister must go public with the evidence collected that enabled him to level the charge against the JNU students.

CPI leader D Raja also demanded that the evidence be made public.

JNU campus has been tense since Friday, when Kanhaiya Kumar, the students union president, was arrested for alleged sedition. The police action snowballed into a political free-for-all on Saturday with Opposition parties likening the situation to the Emergency and the ruling BJP accusing them of speaking the language of Pakistani terrorists.

Pakistan’s Saeed is the founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba, the group blamed for the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai that left 166 people dead. He is an internationally designated terrorist but moves around in Pakistan, openly calling for jihad against India.

Guru, a Kashmiri, was hanged in Delhi’s Tihar jain in 2013 for his role in the 2001 attack on Parliament by members of the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar militant groups.

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