Emotions over the JNU row extended far beyond the campus and political landscape Monday afternoon. The day which began with students strike at varsity, followed by stiffening of stand by the ruling BJP and principal opposition Congress, witnessed high drama at the Patiala House court premises. Violence broke out soon after JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, arrested under the charges of sedition, was produced before magistrate court. According to the reports, at least six people, including JNU students, were beaten up by a group of men dressed as lawyers.
The scuffle broke out before the court proceedings began as some men, who are yet to be identified, allegedly pushed students, teachers, and media persons inside the court room and threatened them to leave the court premises, as per the reports.
The attackers, who were reported to have called the students “anti-nationals” and “terrorists” resorted to slogans against the JNU, one of the premier-most educational institute for higher education.
“When the proceedings were going on, some people wearing lawyers’ gowns first started hurling abuses at us. And then suddenly some of them, without any provocation, started beating us badly. They pushed us and beat us up including women students,” claimed AISF President Waliullah Qadri.
The violence happened despite heavy police deployment in the court complex. Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi promised action against those involved in the attack. There are reports of one BJP legislator from Delhi allegedly getting into a scuffle and also getting injured.
“Law will take its course. Action will be taken in accordance with law against anybody who takes the law in their hands. I will speak to Delhi Police Commissioner,” Mehrishi said.
The group of men allegedly also checked the identity cards of the media persons while threatening them to leave the courtroom. According to reports, when media refused to leave the court premises, they too were attacked. Two media persons are said to be injured in the incident.
Meanwhile, court extended Kanhaiya Kumar’s police remand for two more days. Kumar was arrested on February 12 in connection with an event at the JNU campus where a group of students allegedly shouted ‘anti-national’ slogans.
(With inputs from PTI)