JNU row: Cong, Left join protest, seek release of the student

JNU row: Cong, Left join protest, seek release of the student
Rahul Gandhi and other political leaders today joined the protest at JNU to demand the release of the student leader, who has been arrested on sedition charge, with the government insisting that the premier university cannot be allowed to be a "hub of anti-national" activities.

A day after JNU students' Union (JNUSU) President Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested in a sedition case over an event at the varsity's campus against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury, CPI National Secretary D Raja and JD(U) spokesperson K C Tyagi met Home Minister Rajnath Singh here to demand his release.

The JNU row became another point of political tussle with Rahul Gandhi asserting that "most anti-national people are those who are suppressing the voice of students in this institution" and BJP saying that Congress vice president and his friends are "speaking in the voice of LeT terrorist Hafiz Sayeed who had tweeted in support of anti-India event in JNU".

Gandhi and the opposition leaders also attended a meet organised by the JNUSU demanding "immediate and unconditional release of students union president, end to police raj on the campus and witch-hunting of JNU students". Gandhi was shown black flags by a group of ABVP members.

Asserting that JNU cannot be allowed to be a "hub of anti-national activities", Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said freedom of expression cannot be "absolute and unqualified and reasonable restriction" has to be there.

"This was an unfortunate incident. But these are not small kids who don't know what they do. In the name of freedom of speech you can't abuse the nation," the minister added.

Meanwhile, the Chancellor of the university, K Kasturirangan, today visited the campus and took stock of the situation even as four Deans of JNU wrote to VC Jagdesh Kumar to protest against the manner in which police "crackdown" was "allowed by the university".

After meeting Rajnath, Yechury said,"We met the Home Minister and apprised him about the tense atmosphere in JNU at present. Delhi Police has released a list of 20 students in connection with the event, which also includes D Raja's daughter, but we are asking are they seen in the video shouting slogans?."
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