Beginning a new conflict between Central government and JNU students, the Home Ministry has demanded a report on the burning of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s effigy on the day of Dussehra.
On Tuesday, Congress’s student wing NSUI, in Delhi’s Jawaharal Nehru University reportedly burnt an effigy with 10 heads that included those of Prime Minister, BJP president Amit Shah, Baba Ramdev and University Vice-Chancellor.
Media reports reveal that the ministry has now asked the police to submit a detailed report on the incident.
Earlier, the organisers of the effigy-burning event claimed that it was a protest against the Centre’s “failure” in honouring its promises and the continuous attacks on various educational institutions across the country.
NSUI activist Sunny Diman was quoted by a news agency as saying: “The effigy-burning was to symbolise our dissatisfaction with the current government. The idea is to root out the evil from governance and bring about a system that is pro-student and pro-people.”
Meanwhile, officials said the university had already started an investigation into the incident. University officials had ordered another inquiry last week after some students burned the effigy of the Gujarat government and ‘gau-rakshaks’.
Effigy burning on Dussehra is part of the celebration and symbolises the defeat of demon king Ravana by Lord Ram.
According to media reports, people across the country this time burned the effigies of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Lashkar-e-Taiba leader Hafiz to send out a strong message against terrorism.
Months ago, students of JNU and the Central government clashed over another controversial event that was organised to mark the hanging of Afzal Guru. Following the incident, number of students, including former students’ union leader Kanhaiya Kumar, were charged with sedition.