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After comparing 1984 & 2002 riots, Kanhaiya says will fight every 'massacre'

JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar who faced flak for his comments on 1984 anti-Sikh riots, appeared to be in a damage control mode on Wednesday and said he will battle every massacre.

While addressing a protest gathering at Jantar Mantar, he said, "We will fight against massacres may it be Bathani Tola massacre, or 1984 riots or the 2002 riots. We will together fight for their closures and we will make sure that the closure is in favour of justice and in favour of society."

He also said, "Government wants to tire us in our struggles. But, they should keep in mind that neither is their exploitation new, nor is our struggle new. You have not tired exploiting us and we will also not tire in our struggle."

Kanhaiya received criticism over his comments earlier this week that 1984 anti-Sikh riot was a "mob-led massacre" while 2002 Gujarat riots were a "state sponsored violence."

His comments were not taken well even by those who have been his keen supporters ever since he was arrested in a sedition case over an event glorifying Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which anti-national slogans were allegedly yelled.

While he was criticized for giving a "clean chit" to Congress for the 1984 riots, Kanhaiya said that he was being "misinterpreted."