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My icon is Rohith Vemula, not Afzal Guru: Kanhaiya Kumar

Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union Leader Kanhaiya Kumar Stood Tall To His Words And Once Again Claimed That No Students Of The University Can Be Anti-national.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Ankit Pal | Updated on: 04 Mar 2016, 07:33:39 PM

New Delhi:

Jawaharlal Nehru University students' union leader Kanhaiya Kumar stood tall to his words and once again claimed that no students of the university can be anti-national.

"I want to thank all who supported me, and want to assure tax-payer that a JNU student can never be anti-national," Kanhaiya said.

He also urged government to go not harsh when it comes to proceedings over students. Quoting his sedition charge he mentioned how life of a student can get ruined with negligence in proceedings.

"We strongly condemn what happened on (February) 9th. It's for court to decide if that was 'raaj droh' or not. But I urge the government not to use serious charge of sedition to ruin future of student," Kanhaiya said.

Making a counter attack over allegations of being anti-national and Afzal Guru he also made things wide and clear.

"We understand the meaning of freedom of speech, we understand the meaning of freedom," he said.

"If you ask me, Afzal Guru is not my icon, Rohith Vemula is," Kanhaiya added.

The JNUSU president was arrested in connection with an event on the campus during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.

Five other students—Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya, Rama Naga, Anant Prakash and Ashutosh Kumar—had gone in hiding since then but resurfaced on the campus 10 days later.

While Umar and Anirban surrendered before the police, the remaining three refused to do so but maintained that they are open to questioning by police as and when needed.

Kanhaiya was granted interim bail for six months by the Delhi High Court.

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First Published : 04 Mar 2016, 06:30:00 PM