JNU protests had support of LeT chief Saeed: Rajnath

SansadTV Bureau
File Photo: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi.

File Photo: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said the truth that the JNU agitation received support from Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed needs to be understood by the nation and asked political parties not to view such protests through the prism of political gains or losses.

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

“Never should have something been done which puts a question mark over the country’s sovereignty and integrity. On such occasions, the entire country should be speaking in one voice. I would also appeal all political parties not to view such episodes through the prism of political gains and losses,” Singh told reporters in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh.

Asked about the investigation regarding the JNU incident, he said, “Necessary instructions have been given (to the authorities concerned). I have made one thing clear that those who are found guilty should face action but the ones who are not, should not be harassed at any cost.”

Responding to questions on the arrest of JNU Student’s Union president Kanhaiya Kumar and allegations that he may have been falsely implicated, the Home Minister said, “We should allow the investigation to take place unhindered. The police must have acted on the basis of some evidence.”

His comments came two days after a series of tweets, purportedly by Saeed, had appeared under a hashtag asking Pakistanis to support the agitation in JNU.

Police are investigating as to whether the twitter handle actually belonged to the LeT founder.

Later, Delhi Police had issued an alert through the official twitter handle of the Commissioner’s office saying, “This is to alert and sensitise the student community in JNU and across the country. Do not get carried away by such seditious anti-national rhetoric. Abetment of any kind of anti-national activity is a punishable offence.

“The row over anti national protests at the central university’s campus has already snowballed into a political controversy after the arrest of the university president Kanhaiya Kumar.

Left leader Sitaram Yechury and D Raja had met the union home minister yesterday demanding the release of JNUSU president who had been remanded to 3 days judicial custody by a local court.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi also visited the JNU campus on Saturday to show solidarity with the students.

Arvind Kejriwal led Delhi government has also ordered a magisterial enquiry in to the incident.

“There are claims that JNU student leaders shouted anti-India slogans and counter claims that ABVP activists did it. To find truth, Delhi govt is directing DM to conduct an enquiry (sic),” the Delhi Chief Minister tweeted.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said yesterday that New Delhi District Magistrate has been asked to probe the JNU incident and submit his report within 15 days.

(With agency inputs).