Delhi Police summons OP Sharma, Rahul to meet President over JNU row

BJP MLA OP Sharma had defended attacking a man saying those raising anti-India slogans would not be spared.

New Delhi: Delhi Police on Thursday summoned BJP MLA OP Sharma who had allegedly beaten up a CPI worker outside Patiala House Court to appear before them today.

The BJP legislator had defiantly told the media that those raising anti-India slogans would not be spared. "We will beat those who will chant anti-India slogans," he said.

The incident had taken place when Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union president Kanhaiya Kumar was produced in the court for charges of sedition.

Kumar, who has been booked under sedition charge in connection with an event in JNU where anti-national slogans were allegedly raised last week, has been arrested by Delhi Police. He has been remanded to judicial custody till March 2.

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Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi will take the battle over the JNU row and the alleged targeting of students in various parts of the country to President Pranab Mukherjee when he meets him on Thursday.

Accompanied by senior leaders and also the young MPs of the party, the Congress Vice President is expected to highlight the "lawlessness" in Delhi in the wake of Patiala House court attacks and the way the government has handled the JNU row as also the Rohith Vemula suicide and the agitation in FTII in Pune.

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Party sources said Gandhi will be accompanied by Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, Leader of the party in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and several other party leaders and MPs.

Only yesterday, Congress had demanded immediate removal of Police Commissioner BS Bassi. Citing the attacks in Patiala House court here, Congress had yesterday alleged that "jungle raj" is prevailing in Delhi.

Read: ‘Jungle raj’ in Delhi, Congress demands Bassi's removal

JNU students' union leader Kanhaiya Kumar and some journalists were attacked on Wednesday in a court complex here by rowdy lawyers.

Despite instructions by the apex court to ensure security at the Patiala House Court, where violent men in black robes had attacked journalists on Monday, Delhi Police failed to prevent the attack on Kumar, who has been accused of sedition.

Read: JNU row: Delhi Police conducts inter-state raids

On Monday too, journalists were attacked by such elements.

( Source : deccan chronicle )
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