JNU: Lawyers turn violent at Patiala court, attack varsity faculty, media

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New Delhi, Feb 15: A brawl took place at the Patiala House court here on Monday afternoon after about 40 lawyers present inside the court shouted slogans against the Jawaharlal Nehru University asking the institute's faculty to leave the court.

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The lawyers, heard shouting 'Bharat mata ki jai' and 'Vande Mataram', also attacked students and the media personalities present at the court premises.

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They then forcibly tried to evict the faculty members present inside, following which women police constables were summoned, and the faculty was requested to leave. The lawyers also reportedly demanded the media persons to leave the court.

JNU Students' Union president Kanhaiya Kumar was due to be presented after he was arrested and charged with sedition by the Delhi Police on Friday (Feb 12). He was then sent to three-day police custody. His arrest drew widespread outrage from students, teachers and non-BJP parties.

On Sunday, JNU teachers rallied behind the protesting students and criticising the decision of the authorities to unlease police action on the campus and requested people not to refer to the university as "anti-national".

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