Bengaluru: Speaking to news persons in Bengaluru during her on-going Tamil film shoot, Arshi Khan came down heavily on the Narendra Modi-led BJP government at the Centre.
Said Arshi Khan, “I am ashamed to be part of an India which arrests PhD students who have done nothing but merely aired their personal views at a closed debate in a university. The students have a right to express their views during a public debate and merely stating during a debate that Afzal Guru should not have been hanged is not anti-national and the sedition law does not apply to them. If this is the case, then several of our politicians should have been arrested a long time ago. Several luminaries, judges and literary stalwarts have time and again said that the Afzal Guru case was shrouded in a veil of secrecy and suspense. So if the students re-state the same, why should the sedition law be applied to them. The students could have been booked for breach of peace, etc., which are milder versions and not as stringent as the sedition law, which the Delhi Police have applied in this case.”
Speaking to IndiaNewsNetwork.IN on phone, Arshi Khan said, “I fully support the JNU students. What the Modi government has done and is doing in Delhi is completely wrong, harsh and reeks of intolerance and personal insecurity. The BJP government at the Centre has lost the trust of the Indian populace. They are using a heavy hand, state machinery and misusing the law to suppress voices of dissent because the government is scared of the people,” Arshi Khan said.
Meanwhile as the drama continues in the courts, on the campus and in Parliament, the Delhi Police Saturday asked Zee News for their reporter’s camera and its “original chip” containing footage of the alleged anti-national slogans raised on the JNU campus on February 9, during a meeting held to mark Afzal Guru’s hanging.
The request comes just days after questions were raised over the authenticity of another video broadcast on television news channels, that went viral on social media, showing arrested JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar shouting “pro-Kashmir” slogans, according to a Indian Express report.
“I am ready to go to jail, but I will voice my opinion. The government is wrong. They should have exercised caution while dealing with students – and that too, post graduate PhD students. Does this government think, the youth of this country will support it in the future. By sending the police into JNU, Narendra Modi has hit the final nail in his coffin – the coffin of a devastating defeat in 2017,” Arshi Khan told news portal IndiaNewsNetwork.IN on phone from Bengaluru.