INDIA: Student leader arrested for 1997 protest


Kavita Krishnan, the president of the All India Students Association, was arrested on February 8 for her part in a protest almost a decade ago. In April 1997, Krishnan led a demonstration following the assassination of Jawaharlal Nehru University student union president and Communist Party of India (Marxist Leninist-Liberation) activist Chandrashekhar. On February 10, students from the JNU, Delhi University and Jamia Millia Islamia demonstrated against the arrest, calling for the "false" case against Krishnan to be withdrawn. In its February 14-20 weekly ML Update, the CPI (ML) said it was a "matter of great shame" that the inquiry into Chandrashekhar's murder is yet to present its findings and while "the guilty are roaming around scot-free, student leaders are being implicated and arrested for organising democratic protests".

From Green Left Weekly, February 22, 2006.

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