Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday visited Jawahar Lal Nehru university campus over the arrest of several student union leaders on the charges of sedition. The arrest of students took place on Friday, after which major controversy and protests were erupted.
Here are the 10 point development over the issue.
1) Rahul Gandhi on Saturday accused NDA government of “suppressing” students’ voice as he visited the JNU campus to express solidarity with them, a day after the arrest of its students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar in a sedition case.
2) Prior to Rahul’s visit, senior Congress leader Ajay Maken and Anand Sharma had visited the campus.
3) Meanwhile, in the daytime Senior CPI leaders Sitaram Yechury and D Raja met Home Minister Rajnath Singh, demanding release of the arrested student leaders.
4) Students groups prominently those associated with BJP and left parties kept protesting against the issue in the day time.
5) Kanhaiya Kumar, the president of the JNU students’ union and an activist of a Left-linked group, was arrested by police on Friday, charged with sedition and conspiracy, and sent to custody for three days.
6) Policemen launched a crackdown at JNU campus as they were searching for more students suspected to be involved in the protest held on Tuesday to mark the death anniversary of Afzal Guru.
7) Allegedly, anti-India slogans were raised during the event titled "The country without a post office", which featured an exhibition and a protest march.
8) Home Minister Rajnath Singh warned of "stringent action" against the organisers of the protest. "Anyone who raises anti-India slogans or tries to put a question mark on nation's unity and integrity will not be spared," he said.
9) HRD Minister Smriti Irani said: The nation can never tolerate any insult to mother India."
10) After Kanhaiya's arrest, teachers and students protested outside the Vice Chancellor's office. A rival group of students belonging to the ABVP protested near the India Gate and ‘thanked’ police for their action.
(With Inputs from agencies)