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Arvind Kejriwal defends Delhi Police over JNU violence, blames Modi govt for inaction

Arvind Kejriwal defends Delhi Police over JNU violence, blames Modi govt for inaction

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has slammed the Centre for violence at JNU and defended Delhi Police saying they did not get orders to stop the violence at the university on January 5.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday blamed Centre for the Sunday violence at Jawaharlal Nehru University as he defended the Delhi Police which has faced widespread criticism for failing to take timely action.

Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Arvind Kejriwal defended Delhi Police as he claimed that they did not get orders to stop the violence at JNU on January 5.

What can the Delhi Police do? If they get orders from the top not to stop violence or maintain law and order, what can they do? If they don’t follow these orders, they may be suspended, Arvind Kejriwal said.

Violence had broken out at Jawaharlal Nehru University on Sunday night as masked men armed with sticks and rods attacked students and teachers and damaged property on the campus, prompting the administration to call in police which conducted a flag march.

At least 28 people, including JNU Students’ Union president Aishe Ghosh, were injured as chaos reigned on the campus for nearly two hours.

Eyewitnesses alleged the attackers entered the premises when a meeting was being held by JNU Teachers’ Association on the issue of violence on campus and assaulted students and professors. They also barged into three hostels. Video footage aired by some TV channels showed a group of men, who were brandishing hockey sticks and rods, moving around a building.

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