Clash outside court complex, journalist assaulted

JNU-Delhi-Protest (File) The lawyers also manhandled a journalist who was covering the protests

Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar, arrested on Sedition charges after allegedly raising anti-India slogans at the varsity last week admitted that he had criticised the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

According to media reports, the investigation report of the arrested student leader claim that he, however, did not raise any anti-India slogans at a pro-Afzal Guru event at JNU on February 9.

Meanwhile, Delhi Police chief B.S. Bassi said they had "adequate" evidence against Kumar.

"We have adequate evidence against Kanhaiya Kumar on the basis of which he was arrested," Bassi said.

He also said that police have identified all suspected students involved in anti-India sloganeering at JNU last week and their search was on.

"As per our investigation, some outsiders were also involved apart from JNU students. We are investigating this aspect, and we are conducting searches as well," he said.


Students and journalists were roughed up by lawyers in the Patiala House court complex.

The showdown took place in the court premises before JNU Students Union leader Kanhaiya Kumar was to be presented in a court for hearing of the sedition case registered against him. Kumar's police custody ends on Wednesday.

A section of lawyers carrying Indian flags shouted slogans like 'Bharat mata ki jai' and 'JNU murdabad'. They also shouted slogans against the JNU and demanded shutting down of the premier educational institution, terming it "anti-national".

The lawyers also manhandled a journalist who was covering the protests.

On the other hand, a group of lawyers protesting against Kanhaiya Kumar's arrest demanded his immediate release.

Kumar was arrested after anti-India slogans were raised at an event held on the JNU campus to commemorate parliament attack convict Afzal Guru's execution on February 9.

(With agency inputs)

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