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Kanhaiya was not raising anti-national slogans: students

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Students who were present at the February 9 event on Afzal Guru, vouched for the fact that Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar was not one of those raising anti-national slogans.

The students, who have been demanding Kanhaiya’s release, said he stepped in only to pacify two sides present at the event who had got into a scuffle — the organisers and members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).

Explaining the sequence of events, a JNU student and former students’ union member said: “We are not denying the fact that some pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans were raised during the Afzal event. But it was not Kanhaiya who did it. In fact, soon after the event started, some students started shouting slogans like ‘ Kashmir ki azaadi tak, Bharat ki barbadi tak, jang rahegi jari’. When some of the union members and I heard about it, we immediately tried to discourage them and started slogans like “Auraten kya chahen? Azadi! Kashmir se lekar Kerala tak, hum sab kya chahen? Azadi bolne ki azadi [What do women want? Freedom... From Kashmir to Kerala, what do people want freedom? Freedom of speech]”. These slogans were purely to distract the attention from the previous objectionable slogans raised by the some students.”

“Kanhaiya was also a part of this slogan shouting. There was nothing ant-national about it. These are the kind of slogans that we have always used in all our protests. The freedom that we were talking about is freedom of expression,” he added.

Meanwhile, a video has surfaced on the social media that shows the members of the BJP-affiliated ABVP shouting anti-national slogans like “Pakistan Zindabad”. The ABVP members have however denied the charge and demanded that a case be filed against the person who has released the video.

A group of students had some days ago approached the University administration seeking permission for an event on political prisoners, where they were also going to talk about Afzal Guru.

The University initially gave permission for the event, which according them, came across as a poetry event, but the permission was later cancelled after they “discovered” that the students were going to talk about Afzal Guru. However, the students still went ahead with the protest.



Students present at the Feb. 9 event said Kanhaiya had stepped in to pacify two sides who got into a scuffle



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