In an unprecedented development, a Delhi court saw violence right inside the court premises after teachers and students from the JNU were attacked allegedly by lawyers. who forced them along with reporters to leave the court room.
While this happened, the police simply watched, according to eye witnesses.
A large group of people, around 50 in numbers, were seen chanting slogans ‘Long Live India, Shut Down JNU’ while pushing people.
The violence broke out just before Kanhaiya Kumar, the JNU students’ union leader, was to be produced in Patiala House court.
A video shown on ABP News showed BJP MLA in Delhi assembly, OP Sharma, also joining the group to thrash a man.
Sharma later said that he wasn’t beating the man only trying to catch him because he was chating anti-India slogans.
An unrepentant Sharma then tweeted casting aspersions at media persons’ mothers. He, however, deleted the account in the face of growing backlash.
A reporter asked him if he had taken responsibility to issue people certificate on nationalism.
Pat came his reply, ‘Yes I’m taken.”
ABP reporter Ankit Gupta said that the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was inside the court in relation to his defamation case against Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, when goons thrashed innocent people with impunity.
NDTV’s Sonal Mehrotra said she was inside the court-room, seated near senior professors from JNU (Jawaharlal Nehru University) when a group of lawyers confronted them aggressively and asked them to leave “right now”.
When the NDTV journalist identified herself, the men warned, “We don’t require you here, leave or you will be harmed.” Five policemen who witnessed the interaction did not intervene.
Meanwhile, JNU Teachers’ Association has called for strike on Tuesday
Kanhaiya has been slapped charges of sedition by Delhi police after he attacked the Sangh ideologies in a speech before a gathering of students.
The development has evoked angry reactions from social media users who have begun asking questions to Delhi Police for its utter failure to provide security inside the court premises.
Here are some reactions from twitter:
— Azaan Javaid (@AzaanJavaid) February 15, 2016
— Atul Agarwal (@Aga_Atul) February 15, 2016
— Abhisar Sharma (@abhisar_sharma) February 15, 2016
— Saurabh Bharadwaj (@Saurabh_MLAgk) February 15, 2016
Lawyers beating up students, teachers and media is not 'anti-national' but some 20 year olds shouting slogans is certainly seditious!
— Zakka Jacob (@Zakka_Jacob) February 15, 2016
ये बात काफी पहले साबित हो चुकी है कि वकीलों की भीड़ से बड़ा गुंडा देश में कोई नहीं है फिर बार बार सबूत पेश करने की क्या जरूरत है?
— MANJUL (@MANJULtoons) February 15, 2016
Hooligans beat up colleague @AkshaydET who was covering JNU case at Patiala courts. He was trying to defend a fellow journo.
— Manu Pubby (@manupubby_ET) February 15, 2016
Dear Sanghis, given how much you hate Pakistan, why are you trying your best to turn India into it? #JNUCrackdown
— Seema Goswami (@seemagoswami) February 15, 2016
Sanghi goons in d garb of lawyers unleash violence in Patiala house court. Every day there is a new low in d national capital
— Vinay Kumar Dokania (@vinaydokania) February 15, 2016
— Iknoor Kaur (@iknoorkaur) February 15, 2016