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Won’t forgive anti-national elements, promise firm action: Rajnath on JNU row


New Delhi: Amid the furore over an event at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday asserted that strict action will be taken against the demonstrators and said that ‘anti-national’ elements will not be tolerated.

“When someone is in the country and raises anti-national statements, raising questions on India’s unity, diversity and sovereignty then they won’t be forgiven. What happened in JNU was unfortunate and for that, I have already given the necessary instructions to the Delhi Police Commissioner,” Rajnath told ANI.

Promising firm action against the demonstrators, he reiterated that anti-national statements cannot be forgiven.

“You can’t raise anti-national statements while you stay in India,” he added.

Earlier, the Delhi Police registered a case of sedition against the JNU students who had agitated against the hanging of Guru following complaints by Bharatiya Janata Party MP Maheish Girri and RSS’s student front Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad.

Marking the death anniversary of Guru, a group of students on Tuesday held an event on the campus and shouted slogans against government for hanging him, despite varsity administration having cancelled the permission following a complaint by ABVP members, who termed the activity as “anti-national”. (ANI)

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