New Delhi: While speculations are rife that Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh referred to a dodgy tweet while claiming that LeT chief Hafiz Saeed ‘supported’ the JNU event, a home ministry spokesperson said the union minister’s revelation was based on inputs from ‘different agencies’.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh
Meanwhile, Delhi Police have initiated a probe into the now-defunct Twitter handle in the name of LeT chief, on which the message was posted in support of the JNU student stir, prompting the issuance of an alert. Singh’s statement, however, sparked a political controversy with the Opposition demanding that the Home Minister provide proof to back his claim.
Engineering students of Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology take out a rally — against the role of JNU students union in alleged sedition-related activities — in Bhopal yesterday. Pics/PTI
Demanding evidence from Rajnath, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted: “Cracking down on students & using #HafizSaeed to justify the crack down is a new low, even for this NDA government. #JNUCrackdown. That #HafizSaeed supported the #JNU protests is a very serious charge to level against the students. The evidence must be shared with all.” Echoing Omar’s sentiments, CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury tweeted: “Very serious charge to level against the students and the evidence must be shared with all.”
7 students summoned
Seven of eight JNU students who were debarred from academic activities earlier this week, in connection with the controv-ersial event, were summoned for the probe. “Seven students were sent notices to appear before the varsity’s high-level committee probing the matter. Eight students, including Kanhaiya, have been debarred till the inquiry is over,” JNU registrar said.
'He's not a terrorist'
"Please do not call my son a terrorist,” said JNUSU President Kanhaiya’s mother, Meena Devi, as she broke down while watching the news flash on TV at a neighbour’s house in Bihar’s Begusarai district.