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Slogans at JNU 'trigger' to violence: Javadekar

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar today attributed the violence at the Patiala House court to the anti-national sloganeering at JNU, saying the latter was the "trigger" and no country in the world allows it.

Even as journalists and JNU students union leader Kanhaiya Kumar were again attacked inside the court premises in defiance of Supreme Court order, Javadekar said that any kind of violence was "unacceptable" but the basic trigger is JNU and what happened in Jadavpur University is "unpardonable".

"My first reaction to the first event (sloganeering) which is the trigger of all other happenings. It is about JNU event where some naxalites, some seperatists and students, altogether gave anti-national slogans - Jung Jung chalegi bharat ke barbadi tak (war will go on till India is destroyed).

"No country allows such slogans anywhere in the world. Show me a country and give me some reasons to allow such things. This is never allowed and should not be allowed," Javadekar told NDTV when asked about his first reaction on the assault which took place inside the court.

His remarks come on a day when Kanhaiya Kumar and some journalists were attacked in the court complex here by rowdy lawyers in brazen defiance of the orders of the Supreme Court, which was forced to step in.

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, accused of sedition, who was brought for remand proceedings.

"As far as I know, the Supreme Court has appointed a 5 member committee. So the matter is subjudice. Any kind of violence is unacceptable. But the basic trigger is JNU and what happened in Jadavpur University yesterday is unpardonable and unacceptable.

"We must stand united to condemn what happened in JNU and Jadavpur University(JU) and we all must stand by the government to find out the truth," Javadekar said.

A day after pro-Afzal Guru slogans were raised in JU, posters calling for 'freedom' for Kashmir, Manipur and Nagaland were today found in the campus even as two rival groups of students brought out rallies in the varsity premises.

"Yesterday, JU students were calling for independence. What is going on? This is sedition we are witnessing. It means some separatist forces and anti-national forces have come together to infiltrate into the students and make them say these kind of slogans which is absolutely unacceptable," Javadekar said.

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First Published: Wed, February 17 2016. 21:28 IST