16 June, 2021

Red Island Erupts

JNU students take to the streets over a comrade's killing in Bihar

Red Island Erupts

LATE on April 1, a day after the sensational killing of two businessmen by a police team, Nikhil Kumar was in  Bihar Niwas, desperately trying to placate a group of angry students. He had just been asked to step down as police chief and this group of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students refused to disperse till they had met Bihar Chief Minister Laloo Prasad Yadav to protest against the killing of a comrade, Chandrashekhar Prasad, twice president of the JNU Students' Union and a leader of the CPI(M-L) Liberation.

Laloo was in Delhi to attend the UF's steering committee meet after the Congress pulled the rug from under the 13-party coalition. But he refused to see the students. Instead, they were attacked by a group of Laloo supporters led by the chief minister's brother-in-law Sadhu Yadav. According to the FIR filed by the students, Sadhu Yadav snatched a firearm from one of the constables on duty and opened fire at the students. They were also beaten up with iron rods and sticks. On April 4, days after...

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