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Kanhaiya Kumar vows to wage battle for scrapping of sedition law

Welcoming bail granted to Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, he said all parties and people supporting democracy must come forward to demand abolishing the British-era law.

JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar during the movement for the release of our comrades continues at JNU in Delhi on March 6th 2016. Express photo by Ravi Kanojia.
JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar. Express photo by Ravi Kanojia.

JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar on Friday vowed to wage a battle for scrapping of the sedition law under which he and two other PhD scholars of the university were arrested last month in connection with a controversial event.

Welcoming bail granted to Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, he said all parties and people supporting democracy must come forward to demand abolishing the British-era law.

“Those who are supporting democracy should come together. It will be a long battle. We have been given the bail. We will go on with our struggle to ensure that the sedition law is scrapped,” Kanhaiya said.

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Umar and Anirban, arrested last month on charges of sedition for their involvement in a controversial event organised to protest hanging of Afzal Guru, were today granted interim bail for six months by a Delhi court on ground of parity with Kanhaiya.

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“I have been to jail. I know what it feels to be there. I am glad our comrades will be back but the struggle will continue,” said Kanhaiya.

Kanhaiya, who was also arrested on charges of sedition in connection with the February 9 event at the JNU, was granted bail earlier this month.

Umar was accused of being one of the main organisers of the event where anti-India slogans were allegedly raised.