The central government has asked the West Bengal for report on slogans raised by Jadavpur University students in supoort of terrorist Afzal Guru.
The Centre is dealing with an escalating crisis over its handling of a similar event last week at the country’s prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University or JNU. A student leader, Kanhaiya Kumar, was arrested on sedition charges for allegedly making anti-India remarks.
Despite criticism from the opposition, the government has defended the arrest of Mr Kumar, who is 28. Yesterday, Junior Home Minister Kiren Rijiju told NDTV that “direct evidence” will soon be disclosed against the student who was controversially arrested from his hostel on campus.
Students and teachers at JNU have protested against what they describe as the heavy-handed reaction of the government, while opposition leaders have said the JNU controversy exhibits the government’s determination to crush dissent.
Last evening, at a rally at Kolkata’s famous Jadavpur University, cheers were raised eulogising Afzal Guru, hanged in 2013 for masterminding the attack on parliament in 2001.
Slogans supporting independence for Kashmir from India were also heard, though the focal point of the rally was to express solidarity with Delhi’s JNU and Mr Kumar.