Ghulam Nabi Azad says provide security to Kanhaiya Kumar, government agrees

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Leader of Opposition in the Upper House, Ghulam Nabi Azad on 8 March sought security for Jawharlal Nehru University Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar.

The security to be given was in view of rewards announced on his life and for chopping off his tongue. The government assured to provide adequate protection to the student leader.

Raising the issue during the Zero Hour, the senior Congress leader said one Adarsh Sharma of Purvanchal Sena had put up posters announcing reward of Rs 11 lakh for anyone who kills Kanhiaya Kumar.

Azad also said Kuldeep Varshnay, a BJP Yuva Morcha leader, had also announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh for cutting off Kumar’s tongue.

“Provide security to Kanhaiya Kumar. His life is in danger,” said the senior Congress leader.

He said first doctored videos were circulated against Kumar and words were added in his video and then he was booked under charges of sedition. “When he is out on bail, there is conspiracy to kill him,” he said.

Azad also sought strict action against those who made fake videos related to Kumar. Minister of state for parliamentary affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said adequate security will be given to the student leader.

He also said BJP took immediate action against Varshnay and legal action too would be taken. Regarding the alleged tampered videos, Naqvi said investigation was on.

Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien too said there should be investigation into the doctored video case.