Delhi police point the finger at most left groups in JNU News – India
In their first press conference since the campus-shaking incident, the special research team (SIT) formed to investigate the case revealed the names of nine people who claimed to have entertained the violence on campus – seven are from groups of two from Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). The names of the left groups were mentioned repeatedly, but the affiliation of the remaining two was not mentioned. JNUSU President Aishe Ghosh, who was wounded in the violence, was one of those named as a suspect.
Interestingly, while police claimed that the investigations were at a preliminary stage and that no one was yet being detained, video footage showing the suspects was distributed. Sources clarified that until now they had only polled the incidents during the day and the days before – when the server had allegedly been damaged – and investigations into Sunday night’s chaos were still ongoing.
Joy Tirkey, head of the SIT, said efforts were being made to identify more people. “Our research is based on evidence. This is the first of many press briefings on the case. It is being done to ensure fact-based reporting. The investigation has just begun,” he said. The crime branch has deployed more than 80 people to talk to teachers, students, JNU administrators and campus residents to get a clear picture of the sequence of events.
Since the case is sensitive and involves a prestigious university, we are taking the right care to ensure that the future of the students involved is not affected,” said Delhi PRO police Mandeep Singh Randhawa. “We usually inform the media once the investigation is complete. However, we asked for a briefing because all sorts of reports were circulating on the progress of the investigations,” he said.
In the absence of video footage and the faces of the attackers being covered, police are testing other methods to identify perpetrators suspected of having a majority coming from right-wing groups.
The SIT claimed to have found the involvement of an ex-student, Chunchun Kumar, who is an AISA activist and has allegedly been captured on camera wearing a mask, nodding stones with one hand and holding a stick in another outside Periyar Hostel. Pankaj Mishra of the School of Social Sciences, which lives in Mahi Mandavi Hostel, is on the list. Aishe Ghosh, also called, is seen in a video at Periyar hostel in a group. The fourth person is Sucheta Talukdar of the School of Social Sciences, a member of AISA. Priya Ranjan of the School of Language and Literature, Bhaskar Vijay Mech, a master’s student at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, and Dolan Samanta from the Center for Historical Studies, who is seen covering her face with a scarf, are the others. Yogendra Bhardwaj, administrator of the WhatsApp group ‘Unity Against Left’, which is doing Sanskrit in doctoral letters, and Vikas Patel, who is chasing MA in Korean, belonging to ABVP, were also named as suspects.
Police have found names of 36 students who were part of the “Unit against the Left” group, which posted messages to mobilize people after the attack. This group had 60 other members who are being identified. Some of them claimed that the group consisted of an apolitical group of students who wanted to enroll in the winter session after the left-wing groups had begun to prevent them from doing so.
Police had initially posted the wrong photo for one of the suspects, Vikas Patel, which was later rectified.
Sources said it was dark when masked maroutes entered some of the shelters and very few videos have been able to capture them. The police are going to send notices to all of them and we will question them about being present at the scene of violence before they are arrested.
Police suspect that there were many internal elements that were involved in clashes at the periar and Sabarmati shelters, as the attackers had attacked specific rooms and vandalized them. Meanwhile, in order to identify the “foreigners,” the cops have seized the entrance records of the eight campus gates and are scanning them.
“During the initial probe, we found some names of people who had come in with the reference of some students. We have asked the UNJ administration for their data and will question them as well,” a police officer said. The SIT is polling the three cases of UNJ violence that have been recorded since 3 January.