Three office-bearers of JNU unit of ABVP have resigned from the student wing of the BJP strongly protesting against the Centre’s handling of the raging row at the premier university.
Those who have quit are: Pradeep Narwal, Joint Secretary of JNU unit of ABVP; Rahul Yadav, President of ABVP unit of JNU’s School of Social Sciences (SSS) and its Secretary Ankit Hans.
JNU students’ union leader Kanhaiya Kumar was assaulted at the Patiala House court. indiatoday
In a joint statement, they said there is a difference between “interrogation and crushing ideology and branding entire Left as anti-national.”
They have alleged that the government was “legitimising” the action of right wing fascist forces, while expressing deep anguish over the assault on mediapersons and JNU students and teachers in Patiala House Court complex as well as attack on JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar in the same court complex. They said:
“We are resigning from ABVP and disassociating ourselves from any further activity of the party as per our difference of opinion over the current JNU incident and long standing difference of opinion with MANUSMIRITI (SmritiIrani) and RohithVermula incident. Anti-national slogans on February 9 in university campus were very unfortunate and heart breaking. Whosoever responsible for that act must be punished as per the law but the way NDA government is tackling the whole issue, the oppression on professors, repeated attacks on media by lawyers and Kanhaiya Kumar in court premises (today) is unjustifiable.”
However, ABVP has denied receiving any such resignation. Meanwhile, the student’s organisation had planned to hold Nation First March on February 18, against anti-national forces.
The JNU students have demanded the release of JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar, who was arrested for sedition, and was sent to judicial custody till March 2. He is being kept in jail number 3 of Tihar and would be kept in isolation for these 14 days as authorities don’t want to take any chances.
The Supreme Court had said that it will be the personal responsibility of Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi to ensure the safety of Kumar after being told that he was “badly beaten up” while being brought to court premises.
The bench of Justices J Chelameswar and Abhay M Sapre had to step in twice during the day to make sure “no harm is caused” to Kanhaiya, lawyers and journalists, and sought an explanation from the Delhi Police on reports that Kanhaiya was assaulted.
Several journalists were again beaten up by a section of lawyers at the Patiala House Court. Kumar had told the court that he was attacked by a group of people wearing black robes while he was being escorted by police to the court room. He was arrested on February 12 on after anti-India slogans were raised at an event held at the JNU campus on February 9 to commemorate the execution of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. Kumar has also has written a letter presenting, in detail, his side of the matter:
He said that he “had rushed to the spot only to prevent a clash between ABVP workers and students organising the event.” He also disowned association with any of the slogans chanted during this event. I have full faith in the Constitution of the country and I always say that Kashmir is an integral part of India,” Kanhaiya told the court.