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Sena Slam Former Ally BJP over Lathicharge against JNU Students

On Monday JNU students took to the streets in Delhi chanting anti-fee hike slogans and carrying placards and posters as they marched on parliament


MUMBAI| On Thursday ShivSena targeted former ally BJP on the Delhi police order to lathicharge the JNU students protesting over fee hike. Calling it an ‘Inhuman’ behavior by the BJP on the students who are fighting for their right. In the party mouthpiece, Saamana claimed the BJP would have launched vociferous protests against the cops’ actions had the Congress been in power at the center during the JNU protest.

Sena rave, “The lathi-charge on JNU students in Delhi was inhuman. The BJP would have created a ruckus in Parliament and organizations like ABVP would have given a call for nationwide bandh had such an incident taken place during the Congress rule”.

“The police force which thrashes visually-challenged cannot be servants of people and protectors of law. Do not trample down at least the students. No government should run amok in this manner,” the editorial continued.

The piece questioned why the concerned union minister was not reachable to the student to avoid the violence.

On Monday hundreds of JNU students took to the streets in Delhi chanting anti-fee hike slogans and carrying placards and posters as they marched on parliament. The students’ body said the march was a “way to appeal to lawmakers to fight on our behalf inside the floor of the house”.

Cops were ask to not allow students to reach parliament which then caused a clash between students and Delhi police. Students latter tried to climb barricades, resulting in a lathi-charge by the police and allegations of brutality and abuse by students. One of the allegations leveled against Delhi Police was that an officer had thrashed a blind student.

Delhi Police has denied the allegations and in reverse filed FIRs under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, including “rioting, armed with deadly weapons” on JNU students.


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The Sena and the BJP fought last month’s polls together and emerged with 161 seats in the 288-member House but fell out after a bitter dispute over allocation of portfolios and sharing of the Chief Minister’s post. The Sena then opened talks with the opposition alliance and according to sources, the Sena-Congress-NCP may form the government this weekend.

However, the Sena also had words of caution for the JNU student community, urging them to maintain discipline in the face of adversity. Nobody will support them if they crossed barricades during protests, the editorial read.

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