UNJ violence: Police release images of 9 suspects, including JNU President Aishe Ghosh. Delhi News
Ghosh was among seven of the nine suspects who are from left-wing student organizations, who have opposed the rise in hostel quotas and had filed for a boycott of the six-monthly registration process.
The January 5 violence at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is a consequence of tensions on campus since January 1 over the issue of the registration process, according to police.
Members of the Indian Student Federation (SFI), the All-Indection Student Association (AISA), the Federation of Democratic Students (DSF) and the Indian Student Federation (AISF) have allegedly been “creating annoyance and threatening students” against the Indian Student Federation recently began the online admission process for the university’s winter semester, said Joy Tirkey, Deputy Police Commissioner (Crime Branch).
He said a Group of Whatsapp ‘Unity Against the Left’, believed to have formed while the violence intensified, is also under the scanner.
In addition to Ghosh, who is a member of the SFI, Dolan Samanta, Priya Ranjan, Sucheta Talukdar, Vhaskar Vijay Mech, Chunchun Kumar (a former student) and Pankaj Mishra have been named as suspects.
Vikas Patel and Yogendra Bharadwaj, both of RSS Affiliate Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), are among the nine suspects in the case.
No one has been arrested. Tirkey said the suspects will be sent notices.
Ghosh and eight others were involved in an attack on the Periyar hostel on 5 January, he said.
The UnJNu Student Union (JNU) has been accusing aBVP of being the force behind the attack that has left more than 35 wounded.
Reacting to the events, Ghosh, who was wounded in the attack, refuted the accusation, saying that the Delhi police should make public any evidence against him.
She said police were quick to become aware of the complaint filed by the JNU administration against her, but has not registered any FARs in her complaint.
Delhi police, who have been targeted for not acting when students were being attacked, did not take media questions.
However, Tirkey admitted that the lack of images from CCTV cameras was a major obstacle in the investigation into the January 5 violence case.
“The CCTV camera images could not be obtained, as the WiFi-based system was disabled. All cameras were disabled,” he said.
“There is no primary evidence in which any student, teacher or someone can show us some evidence such as a video originally recorded on their phone. We’ve taken the help of viral videos and photographs to identify them (suspects) and searched for their information from the JNU database,” Tirkey said.
He also said that as the hostel rooms were specifically targeted, he indicates the role of an expert.
“JNU is so vast that outsiders can’t discover hostel rooms at the moment,” Tirkey said.
In giving the sequence of the incident, he said most students wanted to enroll for the winter semester from January 1 to 5, but the bodies of the left-wing students did not allow them to do so.
On January 3, around 1 p.m., members belonging to the four left-wing student bodies broke into the server room, manipulated the server and shut it down, the officer said, adding that they also pushed the courtroom staff outside.
“Three or four hours later, city staff restored the server. From then on, police recorded a report of assault, damage to public property and criminal intimidation,” he said.
The JNU administration has already filed a complaint by appointing Ghosh and others, and an FIR has been registered. However, she has not yet been appointed accused.
Some wrongdoers re-entered the server room from their rear on January 4 and vandalized the wrong room, after which another FIR was registered in that matter, Tirkey said.
“On January 5, around 11:30 a.m., four students were held (during the enrollment process) sitting on a bench in front of the School of Social Sciences. a group came and there was an altercation between them during the admission process. The security personnel there tried to save them, but they were injured,” he said.
The DCP said that “at 3:45 p.m., members of the four organizations went to the Periyar hostel and attacked the students there. Some Members of JNUSU were also there, including President Ghosh.”
Inside the shelter, specific students were attacked, police said.
Thereafter, a peace meeting was held outside Sabarmati Point T, and was attended by 120 to 130 students and teachers.
“Meanwhile, a group (of people) got there with off faces. They got into a fight with the students at T-Point and later broke into the Sabarmati Hostel. They knew which rooms were going to be attacked,” Tirkey said.
“SIT officials have so far spoken to more than 40 people in JNU, but officials don’t get real witnesses who have seen the entire incident or recorded it,” Tirkey said.