black flags to Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh
AICC General Secretary and Senior
Congress leader Digvijay Singh was September 21 greeted with black
flags by protestors who were angry over his flip-flop on Batla
House encounter case.
Digvijay Singh was in the national
capital to address a seminar organised by Jamia Teachers
Solidarity Association (JTSA) on “The Politics of Terrorism and
Suspicion: Two Years since the Batla House Encounter”.
The seminar was organised by the
Jamia Millia teacher's body formed after the Batla House encounter
that occurred on September 19, 2008 killing two Azamgarh youth who
were studying at Jamia Millia.
The investigating agencies claim that the youth
were terrorists but JTSA and other Muslim community leaders
disagree with the police version. They even demanded thorough
probe into the incident in which a senior police inspector was
Amid the continued protests and
demands by the community leaders, Digvijay Singh had visited
Azamagarh and had also reportedly raised doubts over the incident.
He, however, had withdrawn his statements later.
The protestors were angry over this
'turnaround' and alleged that he was used by the Congress party as a
tool to placate Muslims’ anger before elections.
Digvijay Singh, on his part, denied
the allegations during the seminar and said, he expected the protest against him
before arriving at the venue. Yet, he came because he
wanted to stay with the community.
He also invoked his ‘limitations’
and ‘compulsions’ in the political establishment of which he is
directly or indirectly a part.