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Journalists protest attack, demand action against lawyers

Published On : 16 Feb 2016

New Delhi, Feb 16(PTI) Journalists including top editors on Tuesday marched in the streets of Delhi protesting against the attack on them by lawyers in the Patiala House court complex on Monday as the political divide on the JNU issue escalated sharply

The Congress alleged that there is a state of "undeclared emergency" in the country while the BJP hit back, accusing Rahul Gandhi of being a "principal misleader" of Indian politics after he alleged that youth was being muzzled by the government

The issue also echoed at a meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi called to reach out to the Opposition ahead of the Budget Session of Parliament

The role of Delhi Police, which was accused of inaction in the face of violence, and its chief B S Bassi came under intense attack from political parties and journalists who demanded his sacking

A day after the unprovoked attack on journalists and students and teachers of the JNU in the court complex yesterday, hundreds of journalists marched to the Supreme Court demanding action

The journalists took out a two kilometre-long march from the Press Club of India to the Supreme Court and submitted a memorandum to the Registrar, seeking cancellation of licences of lawyers involved in beating of scribes

A separate delegation of journalists met Home Minister Rajnath Singh demanding his intervention in ensuring "accountability of the Delhi Police who watched silently as the assault happened"

At JNU, sections of teachers today joined the students and boycotted classes demanding unconditional release of student leader Kanhaiya Kumar, charged with sedition. A section of teachers also condemned last week's incident when anti-India slogans were raised at an event in the campus. .

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