Operation sanitize JNU has just begun: BJP leader Subramanian Swamy

Protests against the arrest of JNUSU leader Kanhaiya Kumar on sedition charge spread to more states on Thursday.

Updated: Feb 18, 2016, 20:44 PM IST
Operation sanitize JNU has just begun: BJP leader Subramanian Swamy

New Delhi: BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has said that 'operation sanitize JNU' had just begun.

Swamy had tweeted some days back: 

Meanwhile, protests against the arrest of JNUSU leader Kanhaiya Kumar on sedition charge spread to more states on Thursday and there were also counter-protests with police having to use mild force in Patna to defuse a clash.

Tamil folk-singer Kovan was among 57 people detained in Chennai during a protest march taken out against the arrest and attack of Kumar in Patiala House court in Delhi.

Posters in support of JNU students opposing the arrest of Kumar were also found at University of Baroda in Vadodara even as the escalating JNU row echoed in Kerala Assembly.

Amid chanting of 'Vande Mataram' slogans, members of ABVP, the student outfit of RSS, staged counter-protests in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Mumbai and Kolkata, demanding action against 'anti-national' elements in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in the national capital, as per PTI.

Student leaders of CPI's student wing AISF and workers of RJD's youth wing clashed with BJP workers outside the BJP office in Patna over arrest of Kumar, who hails from Bihar.

In Vadodara, police said posters in support of JNU students opposing the arrest of Kumar and suicide by Dalit student Rohith Vemula in Hyderabad found in the wall of the canteen of Baroda University's Fine Arts faculty of University of Baroda were later removed over fear of police action.

The arrest of Kumar and related developments had its echo in Kerala Assembly as CPI(M)-led LDF opposition raised the issues while seeking permission for an adjournment motion against the death of a party activist, allegedly after an attack by RSS functionaries.

In Hyderabad, a section of students belonging to the University of Hyderabad, which had witnessed protests over the suicide of dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula last month, boycotted classes and took out a march on the varsity campus expressing solidarity with the agitating JNU students.

(With PTI inputs)