New Delhi, Feb 12: Communist Party of India (Marxist) chief Sitaram Yechury reacted to the strict action taken by Delhi Police under the instruction of Centre against the students of Jawaharlal Nehru University. “What is happening in JNU? Police on campus, arrests and picking up students from hostels. This last happened during Emergency,” Yechury said.Also Read - Delhi Police Busts Fake Job Racket Offering Employment in Indian Railways, 4 Arrested
Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) lashed out at the Centre for ordering the arrest of its President Kanhaiya Kumar. The students’ faction alleged the government of deliberately targeting ideological opponents. They have further accused Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government of attempting to push the leftist students to take the extreme step, similar to the one taken by Hyderabad University’s deceased scholar Rohith Vemula. (ALSO READ: JNU Afzal Guru row: Police register sedition case, protests continue) Also Read - SSC CPO Recruitment: Vacancies Announced For SI In Delhi Police, CAPFs, ASI In CISF 2019 | Details Read
“Police are doing rounds of the campus and mindlessly witch-hunting activists. They want to witch-hunt and target us, like they targeted Rohith Vemula. They want us to hang ourselves like Rohith did. But we want to remind them, every dead Rohith will further intensify the students’ movement and people’s unity,” said JNUSU Vice President Shehla Rashid Shora. Also Read - Arrested Pakistan Terrorist Mohammad Ashraf Sought Help To Register Ration Card In His Name, Say Locals
Shora claimed that the student’s union was not responsible for organizing the anti-India protests. “We stopped these slogans that called for India’s division and destruction. Because we don’t believe in politics of division,” he added.
JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested earlier in the day by Delhi Police. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has demanded strict action against the students involved in the commemoration event of Afzal Guru, the executed convict of 2001 Parliament attack.
Right-wing groups have demanded the closure of JNU, citing the extreme leftist intellectuals dominating the academia in the University. However, retired JNU faculty Prof Anand Kumar claims that JNU does not the supports the Maoists and quite arguable, it is the only University which is void of left and right extremists.
“Let us not castigate a campus where absolutely opposite groups like AISA and ABVP, RSS Shakhas and Maoist associations, Students for Equality and Social Justice Forum are found to be making their best efforts to attract the young India in quite open and dialogical manner. A handful of violence supporters must not be taken to represent the time tested JNU culture,” he said.