The government, coming under fire for the arrest of JNU Students’ Union President Kanhaiya Kumar on charges of sedition, has defended its statement saying the protest had the backing of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) chief Hafiz Saeed supported the protests Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus, wat was squarely questioned by National Conference leader Omar Abdullah.
“That Hafiz Saeed supported the JNU protests is a very serious charge to level against the students. The evidence must be shared with all,” tweeted Omar.
Home Minister Rajanth Singh further reiterated that his government would not pardon those who have raised slogans against the nation’s integrity. Denying that innocent students are being targeted, he said, “I have given all the necessary directions to officials to punish the offenders and not to harass the innocents,” he added.
For the third day in a row, JNU incident remained on top of the news in India with unprecedented blame game generated both on Google News and social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. The government is coming under criticism from the Opposition including constant visits by all political leaders to JNU campus ever since the arrest of JNUSU president and police action on hostels.
On Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s statement, he said Gandhi was trying to take a political mileage out of the incident. While the left parties demanded the issue to be decided by the court, Delhi Police have slapped the serious sedition charges against the student leader who belongs to AISF, and defeated ABVP candidate in campus elections.
Hafiz Saeed, who operates mainly from Pakistan and has had sanctions placed against him and his organization and even the US had imposed sanctions against him. India considers him one of its most wanted terrorists because of his alleged ties with Lashkar-e-Taiba and his involvement in attacks against India including the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.
By naming Saeed, Delhi Police sought to silence the opposition, which is protesting against the student leader’s arrest, while the government sought to silence not only the critics but also to desist both Indian and foreign media from making the JNU incident big.
However, there is no response to Omar Abdullah’s demand for evidence so far from the police, connecting JNU students and its leader with Saeed directly, though Saeed has unilaterally backed the JNU incident, taking undue chance over the political developments in India.