Protests Against India Student Leader's Arrest Spread

February 18, 2016 10:42 AM

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NEW DELHI — A protest that rocked a New Delhi university this week spread across India on Thursday, with students and teachers in at least 10 cities joining demands for the release of a student leader arrested on sedition charges and accused of being anti-Indian.

Protesters were outraged by nationally televised scenes of Kanhaiya Kumar, the student union president at Jawaharlal Nehru University, being kicked and punched while he was escorted to a court hearing Wednesday, renewing allegations of intolerance by the country's Hindu nationalist governing party.

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