Activist Saket Gokhale filed a query and tweeted the response from Home Ministry confirming no information on “Tukde-Tukde gang”.
New Delhi| Ministry of Home Affairs has responded to RTI filed by an activist with regards to “Tukde-Tukde gang” saying they have no information. The activist said that he will take the matter to EC.
“Maanyavar is a liar. The “Tukde-Tukde gang” does not officially exist & is merely a figment of Amit Shah’s imagination,” said Saket Gokhale in a tweet.
The term was first used almost four years ago when Kanahiya Kumar, the then President of JNU Student Union, was arrested in February 2016 when allegedly the slogans threating balkanization of the country were raised at a meeting on the university campus.
Over the years, Amit Shah has used the term multiple times. On December 26, Shah held a rally in Delhi and said that “Tukde-Tukde gang” needed to be taught a lesson. Following this, activist Saket Gokhale filed the RTI application to know if Amit Shah’s statement is based on any briefings from the ministry or any law enforcement agency.
The term has been extensively used by Right-wing party members and the public in general to attack left groups, JNU students and dissent voices across the country.
The attack on JNU earlier this month has made the university vulnerable to public slander on social media. Terms like “Tukde-Tukde gang”, “Anti-national” and the infamous phrase “Go to Pakistan” have surfaced again, mainly to justify the attack and express opinion that students got what they deserved.
Gokhale might explore judiciary options if the information is not made available and he also seeks an Apology from the Home Minister. He also urged the opposition to raise questions about the matter in the upcoming Budget session of the Parliament.