Left protests against Govt., demands Kanhaiya’s release

New Delhi : The Left Parties staged a protest at the Mandi House here on Thursday, demanding the unconditional release of JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar and all charges, including sedition, be withdrawn against him.

Addressing the protestors, CPI leader D. Raja questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s studded silence on the JNU incident.

“The RSS, ABVP, all Sangh Parivar outfits; what is the character of these organisations?” he asked while asking the RSS not to give lectures on the Constitution of India.

The CPI leader also extended his support to the JNU and the students of the varsity.

“My solidarity, my support to JNU and JNU students. I am being accused that I am encouraging anti-national activities.If our solidarity, our support to the JNU students is anti-national; I will continue to do this, we all will continue to do this,” he said.

CPI (M) leader Kavita Krishnan, who also participated in the protest, demanded Kanhaiya’s release.

“We are to gather here in thousands but very peacefully because we are marching in solidarity with JNU,” she said.

Annie Raja, general secretary of the CPI-backed National Federation of Indian Women, expressed her disappointment over the JNU being branded as ‘anti-national’.

“We demand that Kanhaiya Kumar must be released at the earliest,” she said.

The JNU students, who had gathered at the Mandi House here, raised slogans in support of Kanhaiya.

Kanhaiya has been sent to Tihar Jail and kept in a separate cell. The concerned jail authorities have sounded a high security alert inside the prison complex and are keeping a round-the-clock watch for Kanhaiya’s safety.

Kanhaiya, who was arrested by the Delhi Police last Friday and has been booked under sedition charge in connection with an event at JNU where anti-national slogans were raised, was yesterday remanded to judicial custody till March 2. (ANI)