Srinagar: A group of lawyers assaulted JNU students and a few journalists at the Patiala House court in New Delhi on Monday just before student leader Kanhaiya Kumar, arrested for sedition, was being presented in the court.
A group of about 40 lawyers present inside the court started shouting anti-JNU slogans, demanding that the faculty and the media persons present in the court premises should leave.
On Friday, police had charged Kumar with criminal conspiracy and sedition for organising a protest on the death anniversary of Afzal Guru, who was hanged to three years ago at Tihar Jail.
Kumar was later sent for two more days of judicial custody after spending three days in the same.
Scuffles broke out at the court as the protesting lawyers beat up students and faculty members in presence of police who acted like mute spectators.
The faculty, however, refused to vacate the court forcing women police constables to arrive at the scene. A BJP legislator, OP Sharma, was also seen beating a person believed to be a student.
“They lawyers gathered around us, asked for our identity cards. Fearing murderous attack, many fled however many could not save from the attack. The lawyers were used abusive language, beat journalists, JNU students and teachers,” eyewitness said.
Some JNU students said that lawyers shouting “Long Live India, Down with JNU” physically forced them out of the court premises.
Delhi Police chief BS Bassi said “these incidents are minor in nature.”
Whether the National Investigation Agency (NIA) should investigate the Afzal Guru event will be considered by the Delhi High Court today.
Soon after the arrest of Kumar, students have refused to attend classes at the prestigious university. Teachers have also decided to go on strike. Their demand for Kumar’s release has been supported by political parties like the Congress and Left, which have accused the government of overreaction on an incident that could have been handled by the institution.