New Delhi: BJP MLA OP Sharma thrashing one of the JNU students who were protesting against the arrest of JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar during a clash between the advocates and the students outside the Patiala House Courts in New Delhi on Monday. PTI Photo by Atul Yadav  (PTI2_15_2016_000262B) *** Local Caption ***
New Delhi: BJP MLA OP Sharma thrashing one of the JNU students who were protesting against the arrest of JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar during a clash between the advocates and the students outside the Patiala House Courts in New Delhi on Monday. PTI Photo by Atul Yadav (PTI2_15_2016_000262B) *** Local Caption ***

Among others a BJP legislator is seen assaulting a Left activist; reporters and JNU students are roughened up

New Delhi : Even before the JNU Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar, who has been booked for sedition, could be brought to the Patiala House courts for the day’s proceedings, groups of lawyers attacked journalists, students and teachers of the JNU and unidentified people in and outside the court, dubbing them as anti-nationals. Eyewitness accounts by journalists who were beaten alleged that policemen in the area were mute spectators.

However, the Bar Council of India has taken a serious note of this violence and decided that a retired High Court judge will investigate the matter so that the lawyers involved can be identified and punished.

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PM to reach out to opposition

JNU row: Now violence spills on court premises

In a first of its kind initiative, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reached out to the Opposition by convening a meeting of leaders of major political parties on Tuesday. The meeting comes in the backdrop of criticism from the Opposition, especially the Congress that has accused him of being hell-bent on confrontation and failing to take other parties into confidence. On his part, Modi has been accusing Congress President Sonia Gandhi and party Vice President Rahul Gandhi on various occasions of disrupting Parliament to avenge defeat in 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

It is not an all-party meeting and the bills the government seeks to introduce or pass in the session will not be discussed but the prime minister would seek their cooperation to run the Houses smoothly.

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However, video footage of the incident showed that a Delhi BJP MLA O P Sharma, who happened to be on the premises, had joined a group of lawyers in beating up a person, identified as CPI activist Ameeque Jamai.

 Kanhaiya Kumar has been accused of sedition, and the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has claimed that the JNU event in Delhi in memory of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, where Kumar is purported to made those ‘seditious’ statements, had received “support” from terror outfit LeT founder Hafiz Saeed. Kumar’s custody has been extended by two days.

But two developments ran counter to this claim. Talking to reporters, Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi said that the police have so far found “no evidence linking LeT “to the controversial event at the JNU, which was marked by a protest against the hanging of Afzal Guru.  “As and when it (the evidence) comes, it will be shared with the Home Ministry,” he said.

HAFIZ SAEED CLAIMS TWEET WAS FAKE: In Lahore, the JuD chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed rejected Singh’s claims that he had supported the event in JNU in memory of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. “The Indian home minister has alleged that I am behind the protest of Kashmiri students in Jawaharlal Nehru University where they chanted slogans in favour of Pakistan. He also talked about my tweet  in this regard. I felt strange after learning that the Indian home minister had given a reference of a tweet with my name. Neither I am behind the students protest, nor did I put out any tweet to incite them (students). It is a fake tweet. India has made an issue out of this as if I am behind this protest campaign,” said Saeed.

However, union minister of state for home Kiran Rijiju strongly backed his boss’s claim about the LeT support. He claimed that it was based on a collection of intelligence inputs. “Intelligence inputs can’t be shared or analysed in public. Political parties supporting anti-nationals should know what patriotism is,” Rijiju said.

Meanwhile, the Congress again hit out at Rajnath Singh over his claim, accusing him of “communalizing” the issue and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should ask his Pakistani counterpart to arrest the Lashkar chief for terror attacks in India.

“Rajnath is communalizing JNU atrocity at pulpit of pulp patriotism. Tell PM’s Biryani friend Nawaz Sharief arrest Hafiz Seed for terror attacks,” senior Congress Leader Manish Tewari said in a tweet.

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WE WILL BREAK YOUR BONES…

An NDTV journalist was told: “We don’t require you here, leave or you will be harmed.” Her cell phone was snatched from her till she wrested it back. “Delete the video or we will break your phone and break your bones,” she was ordered.  An IBN reporter said he was slapped and his shirt was torn. News organizations like The Economic Times and the ABP said their journalists had been assaulted.  Press Trust of India said at least nine reporters and 10 JNU faculty members were attacked.

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