JNU Students’ Union president arrested, VP accuses police of ‘witch-hunting’ activists

New Delhi: Acting against the anti-national slogans raised at the Press Club of India on Wednesday, Delhi police on Friday booked Jawaharlal Nehru University president Kanhaiya Kumar and few others on charges of sedition. However, the vice-president of the students’ union seemed exceedingly displeased over the arrest.

 

Shehla Rashid Shora, the vice-president of JNUSU, accused the police and government of “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,” he said, while referring to the controversial suicide of the Dalit scholar.

 

Earlier in the day, the central government had come out strongly against the “unfortunate” incident at the Delhi Press Club. Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Kiren Rijiju, and HRD Minister Smriti Irani emphasized that the situation is intolerable and that the people responsible for the “insult to mother India” will not be spared.

 

“Whatever has happened in JNU is extremely unfortunate. I have instructed Delhi CP to take strong action against the anti-India elements,” Rajnath Singh said.