As lawyers targeted students and journalists inside the premises of the Patiala House Courts Complex Monday, a member of the CPI’s minority cell, present in court to support arrested JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar, was assaulted by BJP MLA O P Sharma and his supporters.
“About 70 of us from Tanzeem-e-Insaaf, CPI’s minority cell, were at the court to support Kanhaiya. We saw the lawyers attacking students and journalists. They were swearing and raising slogans to incite us and police stood by watching. We moved out because we did not want to engage them,” said general secretary of the cell Ameeque Jamei (37).
Jamei claimed he was attacked when the group from the Tanzeem “raised slogans for Arun Jaitley to answer for the state’s excesses”. “When Arun Jaitley’s car was leaving, we raised a slogan for him to answer for Kanhaiya’s arrest and what was happening in JNU. That’s when Sharma and another person, Marhwah, ran after me. Someone grabbed my collar and pushed me to the ground. Sharma and his associates beat me up for 15 minutes. Yet police didn’t intervene,” said Jamei.
He alleged that the MLA attacked him on the road outside the court premises, shouting, “Rohith ke liye kab tak ladoge… (How long will you fight for Rohith?)” Jamei denied having raised “anti-India” slogans as claimed by the BJP leader.
“If I am at a place where a student leader from a group associated with our party has been arrested on charges of raising anti-India slogans, why will I go and add fuel to the fire?” he said.
“Police then took me to Tughlaq Road police station and took away my phones,” he said. He also claimed his phones were not returned to him for the three hours he was kept at the station.
“At 8 pm, I was taken to Ram Manohar Lohia hospital for a medical examination. I then went to Tilak Marg police station to register my complaint,” he said.
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