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Lunch bulletin: Five stories you need to track now

india Updated: Feb 22, 2016 14:11 IST

JNU students, professors and CPI party members protest for the release of JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar in New Delhi.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)

From wanted students’ returning to the JNU campus to the government buckling to the Jat protesters demands and Sunny Leone’s interview, here is all you need to keep track of right now.

5 JNU students wanted by cops back on campus, fear ‘witch-hunt’

Five Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students wanted by the police for a controversial February 9 event on the campus have said they won’t come out in public because they fear a “witchunt”.

“They are scared of us; they are afraid of us because we can think. To think is to anti-national in today’s time. In fact the easiest thing to do is to be an anti-national,” said Umar Khalid, one of the five ‘accused’, early on Monday.

Read full story here .

I am Umar Khalid and I’m not a terrorist: JNU student

The JNU campus came alive on Sunday night when five students accused of raising anti-national slogans, returned to the university. The spotlight was on Umar Khalid, one of the two names that had came up prominently in the controversy. The other one being JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar, who is in Tihar now.

“The attack (on the university) is not because of the programme which was organised on February 9, but because the government needs an excuse to attack us,” Khalid said.

Slogans of “Kanhaiya Kumar ko reha karo”, “sedition charges wapas karo”, “long live JNU” resonated in the campus.

Read full story here .

Live | Quota stir: Fresh violence reported in Rohtak, Sonepat

Fresh violence was reported on Monday in Rohtak and Sonipat in Haryana as Jat protesters continued to block roads in some parts of the state, including the arterial Delhi-Ambala highway, demanding a written assurance that the community will be given reservation in jobs and education.

Read our live coverage here.

Jat quota stir: Cops were ‘mute spectators’ in face of rampaging mobs

Haryana Police’s handling of the stormy Jat protests has come under close scrutiny with analysts criticising the department for failing to stem the crisis as personnel often remained mute spectators in the face of rampaging mobs.

“A stern message has been conveyed to the police personnel – both higher and in the ranks— that reluctance to act or assisting abettors will result in strict punitive action,” said additional chief secretary (home), Pranab Kishore Das.

Read full story here .

Sunny Leone: I don’t walk around in a bikini and stilettos all day

Actor Sunny Leone now wants to change her image in Bollywood. The actor says that she has made a conscious decision to take up work which is different from what she has done in the past, so that people in the industry realise her potential.

“I hate to burst everyone’s bubble out there but I don’t walk around in a bikini and stilettos all day,” she says.

Read full interview here .