Shaheen Bagh protest echoes in Lok Sabha

Shaheen Bagh protest echoes in Lok Sabha

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New Delhi, Feb 5: The issue of Shaheen Bagh protest in the National Capital reverberated in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday as treasury and opposition members traded charges during Zero Hour.

BJP lawmaker Meenakshi Lekhi said the man who opened fire at Shaheen Bagh last week was a member of Delhi's ruling Aam Aadmi Party. She said his pictures have been found with AAP leaders and the protest was sponsored by the AAP. Ms Lekhi said the government was being defamed and it was being done for political gains.

She maintained that 'the AAP was 'sponsoring' anti-CAA protests, including the one at Shaheen Bagh here, and urged the Election Commission to include expenses incurred on them in the expenditure of AAP candidates'. BSP member Kunwar Danish Ali said students at Jamia Millia Islamia, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and Aligarh Muslim University were victims of violence and added that its video footage should be taken into cognisance.

Virendra Singh of the BJP said students at the government funded JNU were involved in anti-national activities demanded that the the varsity should be closed for some time and investigations be held.

Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said Army jawans deployed at the world's highest battlefield Siachen glacier were ill-equipped to fight harsh weather conditions.

Citing a CAG report, he said there was critical shortage of equipment including multi-purpose boots face masks, and the extreme cold was causing a range of injuries including frostnip, chilblains, frostbite, hypothermia, and trench foot. Nishikant Dubey of the BJP said supporters of the 'Pathalgarhi' movement, armed with lathis and axes, kidnapped seven villagers and later killed them in West Singhbhum district of Jharkhand for allegedly opposing their stir.

He questioned the silence of Congress leaders on the issue. He maintained that Naxal activities were increasing in the state under the JMM and Congress led government in the state. Mr Dubey demanded that the present dispensation be removed and President's Rule imposed in the state. (UNI)