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Patiala House Court on Monday witnessed a clash between a group of JNU students and a group of lawyers. A few journalists also got hurt in the process. NewsGram presents a first hand account of a journalist and a lawyer, who present alternate accounts of the event. You be the judge!

A) One account of the incidence:

When Lawyers acted as goons- First hand account of a journalist

By Amiya Kumar Kushwaha, Senior Legal Journalist, IANS

We were in a Patiala House court waiting for arrested JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar to be produced when everything suddenly went wrong.

I was speaking to a staffer in the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Lovleen when I heard someone sprint out and scream: “People from JNU are here. Throw them out, throw them out!”

In retrospect, it seems others were waiting for that signal.

A bunch of lawyers told everyone from the Jawaharlal Nehru University to leave the courtroom. They gave no reason for their conduct.

Sensing that things were getting ugly, some JNU professors decided to leave. As they were doing so, some lawyers got into a scuffle with them. I sensed something was seriously amiss.

That is when someone in lawyer’s attires turned his attention to me and asked me to get out. I decided to obey.

As I was leaving, I heard someone — I did not see who — shout “Yeh kaun hai?” (Who is he?)

The next moment, someone shoved me. Before I could recover, I was slapped — and then again slapped.

I just couldn’t understand what was going on. There was no provocation, nothing to deserve all this.

Fortunately for me, a few lawyers at the spot recognized me and came to my rescue. They dragged me out, and took me then towards Gate No. 2 of the Patiala House Court.

The situation there was far worse. Several journalists had been attacked there, including my former colleague and now Indian Express reporter Alok Singh.

Alok Singh told me that he and a group of journalists were standing outside the courtroom when some lawyers pounced on JNU students there and began thrashing them.

“As I started speaking to my chief reporter, the lawyers attacked me too. I kept telling them I was a journalist but they wouldn’t listen,” Alok Singh said.

“They slapped me, they kicked me, they snatched my mobile and broke it. And I saw others also being attacked for no apparent reason.”

Among the journalists who were assaulted were Amit Pandey of IBN7 and Manu Shankar of Kairali TV.

When Azaan Javed from DNA showed his media credentials, he was accused of being a JNU student and flashing a fake media card.

Women journalists who were in the Metropolitan Magistrate’s room with me were threatened and asked to leave.

They were Ritika Jain from DNA, Ankita Upadhyaya of Pioneer, Sana Shakil from the Times of India and Sneha Agarwal of Mail Today.

Other journalists also told me later that they saw O.P. Sharma, one of the three BJP legislators in Delhi, chase and attack a JNU student outside the court premises.

Sharma kicked him even as the student fell on the road.

Surprisingly, despite all the mayhem, apart from escorting the JNU professors from the courtroom, I was in, the Delhi Police did nothing to restrain the rampaging lawyers.

As they indulged in violence, the lawyers kept shouting slogans like “Bharat Mata ki Jai”.

The violence happened before Kanhaiya Kumar, president of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union, was to be brought to the court after being arrested on February 9 on sedition charges. (IANS)

B) Here is another version of the incidence:

How a group of students instigated the clash in Patiala House court- First hand account of a lawyer

Kabir Singh Nihang, Lawyer & Researcher presented his account of the Patiala House court clash through a series of tweets.

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  • Rakesh Manchanda

    Fire Vs Fire-will turn everything into ashes.This plan of muscle power was seen on whats up a day before.Hope this firefighting experience of Indians will help us all not to follow lynch mob with hunger for quick success in a dream India as sold by RSS or Taliban.If JNU was a real dirty den of naxals or talibans then why they do not force violence and practise terror to shut up all like bajrang dal in north india ? Fact remains that JNU is a world class university having guts to open equal opportunities to poor class and make them self dependent at very low fees in comparison to private fees of universities promoted by BJP-Congress…..after universities run on tax payers money and not like biz visits of overseas VVIPs including Pakistan sponsored by Biz interest of Jindals, Adanis and Ambanis.Nationalism Vs Business :BJP moves a step further and if such forces like few in JNU are in majority as in Kashmir then BJP with its business mind is compromising with them for power. BJP with PDP does business of power more then Nationalism.

  • Romi Abhimanyu

    Thank God for twitter. it has a way of breaking through the clutches-and-claws of today’s anti-national leftist Islamist combine that thinks it can go on manipulating the media and shut everyone out, forever….. It couldn’t this time! Glad to see the twisted hypocritical guttersnipes got it nicely! And right where they needed it all these years!

    Chaos is not always easy to manage to your own advantage, so don’t try the same tricks until the Italian waitress thinks of something smarter. She is currently flummoxed! What do u do with a patriot that works 16 hours? Especially when your retard can’t figure out much no matter how long u spoon-feed the nincompoop.

  • Rakesh Manchanda

    Fire Vs Fire-will turn everything into ashes.This plan of muscle power was seen on whats up a day before.Hope this firefighting experience of Indians will help us all not to follow lynch mob with hunger for quick success in a dream India as sold by RSS or Taliban.If JNU was a real dirty den of naxals or talibans then why they do not force violence and practise terror to shut up all like bajrang dal in north india ? Fact remains that JNU is a world class university having guts to open equal opportunities to poor class and make them self dependent at very low fees in comparison to private fees of universities promoted by BJP-Congress…..after universities run on tax payers money and not like biz visits of overseas VVIPs including Pakistan sponsored by Biz interest of Jindals, Adanis and Ambanis.Nationalism Vs Business :BJP moves a step further and if such forces like few in JNU are in majority as in Kashmir then BJP with its business mind is compromising with them for power. BJP with PDP does business of power more then Nationalism.

  • Romi Abhimanyu

    Thank God for twitter. it has a way of breaking through the clutches-and-claws of today’s anti-national leftist Islamist combine that thinks it can go on manipulating the media and shut everyone out, forever….. It couldn’t this time! Glad to see the twisted hypocritical guttersnipes got it nicely! And right where they needed it all these years!

    Chaos is not always easy to manage to your own advantage, so don’t try the same tricks until the Italian waitress thinks of something smarter. She is currently flummoxed! What do u do with a patriot that works 16 hours? Especially when your retard can’t figure out much no matter how long u spoon-feed the nincompoop.

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Brutal media, the beloved minority, and the tortured majority

The media has changed its sphere of projecting people who are national and the anti-national elements are tragically boasted for their deeds

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This glaring aberration in the world of media is visible as clearly as stars in the darkness of the night.
India is plagued with a disease called Rape. Wikimedia Commons

I’m afraid, it’s quite clear that the ferocious jaws of the media and the fierce claws of the minority are well up to the annihilation of the whole civilization of the Indian subcontinent. Wake up, wake up from your slumber! The “secularism” is a sharp-edged dagger handed over to you to cut your own root.

– SALIL GEWALI, Shillong

If something that really makes one look at certain reputed media with the eyes of suspicion then it is for their blatant play of double standards. The double standard itself is disgusting. The integrity of the service is greatly compromised here. When such unethical trick is played at the cost of humanity then the consequences could be very disastrous. This could steadily push the society into the sea of frustration. Thereafter the social anarchy.

This glaring aberration in the world of media is visible as clearly as stars in the darkness of the night. Those who are suffering from a varying degree of mental glaucoma may fail to see it.

Have we not witnessed that media fraternity often sets off the alarm bells when the victims of the crime instances are from a “particular community” but it maintains a “brutal silence” when the perpetrators are those it considers minority or Muslim? Yes, the particular minority are eternally beloved, so they are blameless. Even the traitorous terror-makers from the minority are unblemished to such media folks and a major group of columnists associated with the media. That’s why such elite media and its associates zealously stand up to sympathise with terror-sponsored stone-palters in Kashmir, a bunch of secessionists in the academia and so on and so forth.

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No wonder if one who sings ‘Vande Mataram’ then he certainly stands to lose the support base of such media, no matter how influential he is, no matter how dedicated and truthful he is. So, I humbly advise any active citizens, particularly those who want to serve the country, not to utter this jingoistic phrase when alone. Better not at all. On the other hand, if you roar – ‘Bharat ke tukde tukde’ or ‘Pakistan Zindabad’, which are heard more aggressively and more frequently these days, then all defensive forces become hyperactive to safeguard you. These subversive activities by any brats will be soon celebrated and interpreted as a part of the fundamental right, that is ‘freedom of expression’. Have we not noticed in Kashmir where CRPF or other security personnel receiving humiliating bashings, the video clips of which often go around on WhatsApp, from the local? And in case the bold security persons retaliate then those elites from their armchairs thunder that the democracy in the country is under threat? The majority are attacking the minority, blah, blah, blah..!

Elite media and its associates zealously stand up to sympathise with terror-sponsored stone-palters in Kashmir.
Elite media and its associates zealously stand up to sympathise with terror-sponsored stone-palters in Kashmir. Wikimedia Commons

I believe everyone knows how certain so-called student leaders often openly incite their unruly crowds at JNU and other academic institutes. But when the questions of sedition are raised against them then the media comes forward to denounce the government. Mr Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya, Shehla Rashid Shora, Mr Jignesh Mewani… are lovable sweeties to those intellectuals because their treacherous adventures make them more cheery and lustier. Each anti-nationalist “scream” by these jerks never get wasted. It is systematically used to degrade the nation, demean the culture and denigrated the religion.

Till some years back college ruffians were nonentities but now they are held all of a sudden as leaders and opinion makers. These dangerous creatures are applauded and discreetly advised how best to go about. Many national political leaders as well jump to embrace and defend these troublemakers. But, on the other hand, the same warmth, attachment, and love are not at all showered upon any patriots by any mainstream media. So, citizens who want to sincerely endeavour to bring peace in the country are not at all given any platform, nor encouraged. Rather, the nation’s lovers are intensely scoffed at. They are non-existent, nay subhuman, to the pseudo-secularists. Of course, those people, often branded as ‘bhakts’, are aptly dragged only to paint them with bad colours.

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This Republic day brought a great grief to many. A 22 years old student – Chandan Gupta of Kasganj, UP, was heartlessly murdered. His crime is his participation in the ‘tiranga yatra’ singing Vande Mataram. No noticeable outcry of condemnation from any influential elites. Again, Ankit Saxena, a photographer who loved a Muslim girl, was attacked, and girl’s relatives silt his throat in cold blood. Most of the media carried the news as “honour” killing as if it was in some way justified. What would have happened if the same heinous crime was perpetrated by the majority? It would have been Dadri-2. In another monstrous incident, a BJP party worker Mr Santosh was stabbed to death in Karnataka. The killing of patriots is too frequent in Kerala. But no ‘award wapsi gang’ gets ever freaked out at the news …!

Such brutal attacks upon the majority are a very regular phenomenon. But what is “very less known” to the whole general public is that over 95% of such gruesome attacks, and also various kinds of sexual atrocities upon females of the majority, are “not at all reported”. Only those which can’t be suppressed get published. But they usually die down well before the dead bodies begin to rot. Well, no scream of criticism, no alarm of “intolerance” is ever raised by any over-conscious citizens when the people from the majority are killed. No media panel discussion ever called in otherwise cases. Nor even the condemnation of the “onslaught on the humanity” ever heard.

Kanhaiya-Kumar was responsible for openly inciting unruly crowds at JNU.
Kanhaiya-Kumar was responsible for openly inciting unruly crowds at JNU. Wikimedia Commons

Well, had there not been a double standard in reporting the attacks on the “humanity”, if ever the ‘freedom of expression’ is truly valued, such barbaric perpetrators, no matter which community they are from, would not have at all reared their ugly heads. Is it not probable in near future that those beloved villains might “double-cross” and pose continuous threats that would toll the death nail for the double-tongued journalism, apart from the majority! The prelude to that situation is double clear now than ever before.

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Lastly, please note, none of the horrendous crimes by the particular community ever become a “Dadri” — the stench of which is still being felt by our depraved columnists. Is this not a part of the grandiose scheme? The situation is dangerously ominous! I’m afraid, it’s quite clear that the ferocious jaws of the media and the fierce claws of the minority are well up to the annihilation of the whole civilisation of the Indian subcontinent. Wake up, wake up from your slumber! The “secularism” is a sharp-edged dagger handed over to you to cut your own root. This is a bitter truth nobody can refute!