JNU students boycott classes while controversy over Rajnath Singh’s Hafiz Saeed remarks rages on

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Students in Jawaharlal Nehru University on Monday decided to boycott classes in protest against the arrest of their leader Kanhaiya Kumar, who’s been slapped with sedition charges.

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This development comes amidst raging controversy over the Home Minister Rajnath’s statement that the JNU students had the support from the Lashkar chief Hafiz Saeed.

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His statement had stirred a massive controversy as it was reportedly based on a fake tweet posted by a parody account of Saeed extending support to protesting students.

Both Singh and Delhi Police, which had shared that tweet to warn students about the potential sedition, had come under scathing attack from politicians, civil society members and social media users.

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Delhi police reports to Singh’s Ministry of Home Affairs.

The MHA later issued clarification stating that the source of Singh’s statement not the fake tweet but ‘intelligence inputs.’

Meanwhile Delhi police has ordered an inquiry into the fake tweet.

Critics say that the Delhi police ought to have probed the authenticity of the twitter handle before tweeting the information from its official account.

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Kanhaiya’s arrest and the subsequent charges of sedition being filed against him were widely condemned by the JNU alumni association and other intellectuals, who compared the polive crackdown with the Emergency days.

 

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