Police identifies JNUSU president, eight others as suspects in campus violence

Police identifies JNUSU president, eight others as suspects in campus violence

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New Delhi, Jan 10: In the ongoing probe into the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus violence, the SIT of Delhi Police on Friday named and released pictures of suspects behind the incident. However, the police is yet to come out with details on the masked mob that indulged in violence and beating up of students and teachers.

Seeking to clear doubts over misinformation being reportedly spread about the JNU attack and the investigation into the matter so far, the police narrated the sequence of events of violence that began earlier than what happened on Sunday.

Beginning with the clashes that took place prior to January 5 violence with the centre point being the hostel fee hike and stalling of the Winter Semester registration process, Delhi Police has come up with the names of the students mainly associated with the JNU Students' Union including, Students Front of India (SFI), All India Students Federation (AISF),All India Students Association (AISA) and the Democratic Students Federation (DSF).

The students named by the police include Chunchun Kumar, Pankaj Mishra, JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh, Waskar Vijay, Sucheta Talukdar, Priya Ranjan, Dolan Sawant, Yogendra Bhardwaj and Vikas Patel. Out of these Yogendra and Vijay are members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The police has so far not detained any of the suspects.

Aishe Ghosh along with other members of the Left student groups had allegedly attacked the JNU main server to stop online registrations in view of the protest against the increased fees.

Meanwhile, on being named as a suspect in the violence, JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh has said that she has evidence to show how she was attacked and further said that police can go ahead with their inquiry.

She expressed the hope that she will get justice. However, she asked as to why the Delhi Police had not filed an FIR on the basis of her complaint.

JNUSU president along with the student teacher delegation on Friday met the HRD Ministry Secretary Amit Khare and said that the Ministry of HRD has assured a positive intervention into the matter.

Separately, in a bid to throw light on the series of events the police said that it was in January 3 around 1 pm that the four student organisations reportedly organised their members and disturbed the registration process for the upcoming semester. Therefore on the basis of a complaint by the administration an FIR was registered, it said.

Repeatedly on January 4 , the group again made a back door entry to the server room and allegedly damaged the server.

The police further said that on January 5, around 1545 hours Periyar hostel was allegedly attacked and then Sabarmati was also targeted. The police has said that the attacks were targeted and added that due to the difficulty in procuring CCTV footage, it would take more time to identify the attackers.

DCP Crime Branch of Delhi police Joy Tirkey said the JNU administration had decided to begin with the online registration of students from January 1 to 5 but the JNU Student's Union and the SFI, AISF and their associates opposed it. Students in large numbers wanted to register, however, these groups and their sympathizers were not allowing the students to go ahead.

Mr Tirkey further said that three cases have been registered so far regarding the violence and they are being probed by the Crime Branch. (UNI)