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‘Pak Zindabad’ slogans raised by outsiders: JNU report

Provocative slogans including ‘Bharat ko ragda do ragda'(India should be stamped out) and ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ were raised at controversial JNU event by a group of masked outsiders, a high-level inquiry committee of the varsity has said.

However, the report said video footages of the February 9 event does not show anyone raising the slogan “Bharat Ki Barbadi tak jung rahegi” (Fight will go on till India is ruined) but claimed that eyewitnesses have confirmed shouting of such slogans in their deposition.

There was no mention in the report of controversial slogan “Bharat ke tukde tukde kar do” (India should be cut to pieces), having been raised.

The report prepared by a five-member panel headed by Rakesh Bhatnagar, a professor at the varsity, it was “unfortunate” that the students allowed outsiders to be present and make provocative slogans.

It said holding of the event despite cancellation of permission was an act which amounts to “wilful defiance”.

The panel has also noted lapses on part of the university’s security unit, saying it did not make any efforts to stop outsiders from shouting slogans and stop them from leaving the campus.

The committee has stated that though JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar, who has been charged with sedition in connection with the event, reached the venue late but he had objected to the decision of authorities regarding cancellation of permission.

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