Sena's Sanjay Raut calls JNU violence unlawful, criticises Modi govt

Sena's Sanjay Raut calls JNU violence unlawful, criticises Modi govt

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Monday attacked the government while terming the violence at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) as "completely unlawful". He said: "The government is busy with the CAA [Citizenship Amendment Act] when students are not secured in our country."

"In the national capital, sometimes police enter university and fire rounds and sometimes masked men enter the university and attack students," Sanjay Raut said.

Sanjay Raut condemned the violent attack on JNU scholars and teachers by a mob late Sunday and questioned why JNU has been the frequent target since last five years even as many Nobel Prize winners and scholars emerged from there.

Referring to the inquiry ordered by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in the JNU case, Sanjay Raut said that the reasons behind the JNU attack and those responsible for it need to be found out.

The MHA has sought a report from the Delhi Police about the situation prevailing in the prestigious institution and the steps taken to restore peace on the premises.

At least 28, including JNU students' union president Aishe Ghosh, have been injured after a mob wielding sticks and rods barged into several JNU hostels on Sunday.

Protests have been going in JNU for the past two months over the issue of fee hike by the JNU administration and the amended Citizenship Act.

Some on social media claimed that Sunday's attack was over the hostel fee hike and the boycott of the registration ahead of the semester exams.

Last month, violence had swept across the country as nationwide protests ensued over the CAA. At that time, reports of police crackdown in Jamia Millia Islamia in Delhi and other institutions across the country surfaced even as students and activists took streets to protest against the Act.