New Delhi: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday attributed the violence at the Patiala House court to the anti-national sloganeering at Jawaharlal Nehru University, 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 separatists and students, altogether gave anti-national slogans — Jung Jung chalegi Bharat ki 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 five-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 (Tuesday) 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 JNU, posters calling for 'freedom' for Kashmir, Manipur and Nagaland were on Wednesday 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.
Terming the sloganeering as an "assault on India", Javadekar said that he condemned both the violence in the court and at the same time the anti-national sloganeering. "I condemn every violance and also the anti-national slogans. First incident is of JNU, second is JU and third is
Patiala court. SC itself has taken note of it and appointed a committee. So they will do justice.
"Why are we not concentrating on the critical issue of who destryoed the nation's image, who gave the slogans. We all as a nation should be siezed of the matter where students are raising such slogans. I am really surprised," he said.
Accusing the Congress of "assaulting" the freedom of press in 1975, Javadekar said that he went to jail which is why media is getting its freedom today.
"We went to jail to preserve the freedom of press. But now I cannot stand these slogans. Now it is the duty of media to find out who are the culprits and who gave the slogans and stand by the police.
"Assault on press freedom was done by Congress in 1975 for which we went to jail and that is why you are getting freedom today. But one must use that freedom to find out who the culprits are who gave anti-national slogans," he said.
Asked why the police on Wednesday said that they would not oppose bail to Kanhaiya Kumar, he said this question needs to be asked to the police commissioner.
First Published On : Feb 17, 2016 21:54 IST