Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi faced black flag protest during his visit to the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) to meet students protesting for the release of student union president Kanhaiya Kumar on Saturday.

The protesters raised slogans like: “Rahul Gandhi go back”.

Speaking amid protests, he targeted the government and said, “What is anti-national? Most anti-national people are those suppressing the voice of students in JNU. A youngster expressed himself and the government says he is an anti-national”.

His remarks came after the arrest of JNU students’ union president on Friday in a sedition case over a protest event at the campus against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, which sparked outrage among students.

Gandhi was accompanied by several other party leaders and Left party members, including Rajya Sabha MP Anand Sharma, CPM politburo member Sitaram Yechury and D Raja.

Jawaharlal Nehru University students on Tuesday had organised a meet on the campus to mourn the hanging of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front co-founder Maqbool Bhat, where anti-India slogans were raised.