Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut lost his cool after visuals of a girl holding "Free Kashmir" poster emerged during the JNU protest on social media
Mumbai: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Tuesday (January 7) said that if anyone talks of "freedom of Kashmir from India" then it will not be tolerated.
Being asked about "Free Kashmir" poster seen at the Gateway of India during a protest against JNU violence, Raut told media, "If anyone talks of freedom of Kashmir from India then it will not be tolerated."
However, he clarified that the "Free Kashmir" banner seen during the protest was against the restrictions on internet services, mobile services and other issues in the Valley.
"I read in a newspaper that those who held 'Free Kashmir' banner clarified that they want to be free of restrictions on internet services, mobile services and other issues," he asserted.
Sangram Singh Nishandar, deputy commissioner of police (Zone 1), on Tuesday, said serious cognisance had been taken regarding the 'Free Kashmir' poster seen in the protest against the violence in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) at the Gateway of India.
"We have taken serious cognisance of the 'Free Kashmir' poster seen in the protest last night at Gateway of India. Yes, we are definitely investigating it," the DCP said.
On January 6, during the protest, a girl was seen holding the poster which read - "Free Kashmir." The demonstrators were seen with several other placards with objectionable and abusive content hailing 'Urban Naxals'.
Some posters called for "Ban on ABVP," while some others read,"Stand with JNU."
This morning, Mumbai Police evicted those protesting at the Gateway of India and relocated them to Azad Maidan citing inconvenience to tourists and locals.
The students and activists had gathered at Azad Maidan too on the intervening night of Sunday and Monday, following reports of violence in JNU.
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