SRINAGAR: Lashkar-e-Toiba chief, Hafiz Saeed, on Monday called government of India’s stand on JNU protests as a “prime example of how the Indian government fools its own people”.
Home Minister of India, Rajnath Singh, had linked JNU protests on Afzal Guru’s third death anniversary with Saeed, suggesting that those speaking in support of JNU students were on the same side as Saeed.
“The incident at JNU has received support from Hafiz Saeed. This is a truth that the nation needs to understand,” Singh had told reporters in Allahabad on Sunday.
His comments had come days after a tweet from fake handle asked Pakistan to support the JNU protests.
In a video released on Youtube, Saeed said the tweet was not from him.
Subsequently, in a series of tweets with #JNU hashtag, Saeed went on to accuse India of similarly misleading its people about the 26/11 Mumbai attacks that killed over 160 people in 2008.
On the back foot, the home ministry tried to cap the criticism, asserting that Singh’s statement was not based on a single source but on inputs from “different agencies”.
Soon after the fake tweet became viral on Twitter, Delhi police had circulated out an advisory on Twitter asking students not to get swayed by Saeed’s tweet.
Police in other metros such as Mumbai and Hyderabad were also tagged to draw their attention.
But it became clear that Delhi police had probably jumped the guns, as the tweet was not actually from the Lashkar chief.
The home minister seemed to follow-up on the police assessment on Sunday when he drew the link between the protests at JNU and Saeed. It was the point that BJP’s general secretary, Shrikant Sharma, made a day earlier to attack Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who had visited JNU campus to make common cause with the students.
“Rahul Gandhi and his friends are speaking in the voice LeT terrorist Hafiz Sayeed, who had tweeted in support of anti-India event in JNU,” Sharma had said on Friday.
On Friday, police charged JNU student union president Kanhaiya Kumar with criminal conspiracy and sedition for organising a protest on the anniversary of Afzal Guru.