Thousands rally to protest Indian student’s arrest

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New Delhi—Thousands of people rallied in New Delhi Thursday to protest against the arrest of an Indian student for sedition, as a bitter row over freedom of speech spilled into the capital’s streets.
An estimated 5,000 people chanting “release Kanhaiya Kumar” and “down with state terrorism” marched through the city centre in one of the biggest student protests India has seen in years.
Police arrested the 32-year-old head of the student union at Delhi’s prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University last Friday over a rally at which anti-India slogans were chanted. Kumar denies he was among those chanting the slogans and has apparently condemned the incident in a letter released by police.—AFP