New Delhi:  Taking an anti-national stand, Booker prize author Arundhati Roy feels killing of security forces in Jammu and Kashmir and Chhattisgarh is justified.

Roy said the State was waging a battle against the people — be it in Jammu & Kashmir or Chhattisgarh. “Killing of security forces was justified as they were being used against the people by the State,” she said at a function organised by a banned outfit in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).

Roy stirred anti-national sentiments by attending a function by banned Democratic Students’ Union (DSU) at the JNU campus. A Maoist sympathiser attended a function organised by the DSU on Saturday night. Pamphlets showing the Lion Capital (the National Emblem) as part of a shoe’s sole were distributed at the function. 

This led to protests at Koyna Hostel from a section of students belonging to the ABVP who objected to the author equating the subversive moment in Kashmir and Maoist activity in Chhattisgarh with a people’s struggle for freedom.

The DSU is known to have carried out unpleasant and anti-India celebrations at the JNU campus about six months ago when 75 CRPF jawans were killed by Maoists in Chhattisgarh.

Roy was in JNU to address a seminar on ‘War on People’. The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) protested against this. “Our former Vice-Chancellor had also banned DSU about six months ago. I wonder how this group has been reactivated and with whose permission?” an ABVP official said.

ABVP member Vivek Vishal said, “Another major reason for boycotting the programme was because of the presence of Roy. We do not agree with her anti-national views and her infamous remarks on Kashmir. We showed her the black flag.”

Sources at JNU said Roy had to leave the programme much before the stipulated time because of the opposition she faced. “Roy was unable to answer our questions. She got so irritated that she went to the extent of saying, ‘You are young, so you are stupid."

(JNN/ Bureau)