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Opponents press Rajnath to prove his claim of Hafiz Saeed hand in JNU

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar urged Rajnath Singh to show evidence to back up his claim on Sunday that the founder of the Pakistan-based terror outfit, supported the event at the campus in Delhi to protest the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru on his third death anniversary on February 9.

JNU protests Updated: Feb 16, 2016 11:15 IST
Union home minister Rajnath Singh had claimed on Sunday that the event to protest the hanging of Afzal Guru in JNU received support of LeT chief Hafiz Saeed.
Union home minister Rajnath Singh had claimed on Sunday that the event to protest the hanging of Afzal Guru in JNU received support of LeT chief Hafiz Saeed.(Ashok Dutta/HT File Photo)

Union home minister Rajnath Singh faced renewed calls from opposition parties on Monday to prove his claim that a flashpoint event at JNU campus received support from Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed. Delhi police however said it has so far found “no evidence” in this regard.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar urged Rajnath Singh to show evidence to back up his claim on Sunday that the founder of the Pakistan-based terror outfit, supported the event at the campus in Delhi to protest the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru on his third death anniversary on February 9.

Delhi Police commissioner BS Bassi told reporters in Delhi that they have found “no evidence linking” the LeT to the incident at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) so far. “As and when it comes, it will be shared with the Home Ministry,” he said.

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Chief of the Pakistan's outlawed Islamic hardliner Jamaat ud Dawa, Hafiz Mohammad Saeed (AFP File Photo)

Congress again hit out at Rajnath Singh over his claim, accusing him of “communalising” the issue and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should ask his Pakistani counterpart to arrest the Lashkar chief for terror attacks in India.

“Rajnath communalising#JNUATROCITY at PULPIT of Pulp Patriotism. Tell PM’s Biryani friend Nawaz Sharief Arrest Hafiz Seed for terror attacks,” senior Congress leader Manish Tewari said in a tweet.

A home ministry spokesperson on Sunday had said that Singh’s statement was “based on the inputs available from different agencies.”

RSS leader Dattatreya Hosabale, meanwhile, alleged that the Afzal Guru event was a result of a “conspiracy” and those who allegedly raised slogans in support of Pakistan and the Parliament attack convict are “traitors” and should be charged with treason.

Speaking at the Mahanagar Swayamsewak Sangam in Meerut, the RSS joint general secretary wondered how a generation of students indulging in anti-national sloganeering came up in an institution, which is known as a temple of learning.

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