Hafiz Saeed backed JNU incident, says HM Rajnath Singh

New Delhi: Sparking a fresh controversy, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday alleged that the JNU event was supported by Lashkar-e-Toiba chief Hafiz Saeed.

Singh was referring to the protest march organized in the university to mark the hanging of the Parliamentary attack convict on February 9.

“The incident at JNU has received support from Hafiz Saeed. This is a truth that the nation needs to understand. What has happened is very unfortunate,” Singh told the reporters in Allahabad.

While a home ministry spokesperson said the “statements from the home minister are based on inputs available from different agencies”, members of the opposition parties said that Singh should provide concrete evidence to back his claim.

“The Union Home Minister has made a very serious allegation about terrorists ‘backing’ JNU protests. We hope that he has concrete proof,” CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury tweeted.

Former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah in a series of tweets said that, “The Home Minister must go public with the evidence collected that enabled him to level this charge against the ‪#JNU students ‪#HafizSaeed. Cracking down on students & using ‪#HafizSaeed to justify the crack down is a new low, even for this NDA government.”

Meanwhile, JNU student’s union leader Kanhiya Kumar, who was remanded under the sedition charges, will be produced before a Delhi Court today.

News24 Bureau