WATCH: Narendra Modi's speech on Batla House encounter that irked Jamia students
A number of students are protesting Jamia Millia Islamia's invitation to PM Narendra Modi in view of his (then Gujarat CM) comments in 2008 in connection with Batla House encounter.
Modi had attacked Jamia in 2008 after the Batla House encounter in September that year.
Addressing a gathering in Gujarat, he had said, “There is a university in Delhi called Jamia Millia Islamia. It has publicly announced that it will foot the legal fee of terrorists involved in act. Go drown yourself. This Jamia Millia is being run on government money and it is daring to spend money on lawyers to get terrorists out of jail. When will this vote bank politics end?”
Modi's comments had come following a statement by then Jamia VC Mushirul Hasan that the university would offer legal aid to two of its students arrested for their suspected involvement in terror activities.
Here is the video of the speech:
Reportedly, some of the Jamia alumni have written to the Vice Chancellor urging him to “withdraw” the invitation.