Bid to ‘silence’ students


London, April 19: Hundreds of noisy protesters greeted Modi when he arrived in London on Wednesday, demonstrating over the brutal rapes in Kathua and Unnao. Holding placards reading “Modi go home” and “we stand against Modi’s agenda of hate and greed,” they gathered outside Downing Street and Parliament as he arrived for talks.
A spokeswoman for a group of UK-based Indian students and alumni – who did not want her name to be used – said the group had come under fire after it sent a letter to Modi last week demanding action over the rape cases. The letter was signed by Indian and Asian student groups from more than 20 British Universities.
She told Reuters many of the University groups had received calls from “UK-based individuals” pressuring them to remove their signatures from the letter.
Members of the group had not received tickets for Wednesday’s event Bharat ki Baat, Sabke Saath at which Modi took questions from the audience, although the organisers had said they would.
“The question you have to ask is are our voices being silenced,” she said. (Agencies)