Cops cite video footage for ‘sedi­tious’ slo­gans

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NATION -

From P 1

The po­lice have found that the for­mal­i­ties re­quired to ob­tain per­mis­sion for con­duct­ing any event at JNU were not com­pleted. The group was stopped and in­formed that they did not have per­mis­sion to pro­ceed. “To this, Kan­haiya came for­ward, had an ar­gu­ment with the se­cu­rity per­son­nel and then led the mob while rais­ing slo­gans,” the chargesheet says.

The po­lice re­port cites foren­sic ev­i­dence of video footage to con­firm that slo­gans like “Bharat tere tukde honge, in­shal­lah in­shal­lah” were raised at the uni­ver­sity, where over 50 peo­ple had gath­ered to protest against the cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment awarded by the SC to Par­lia­ment at­tack con­spir­a­tor Afzal Guru.

The spe­cial cell has also named 36 oth­ers as ac­cused in col­umn num­ber 12 of the chargesheet. This means that they are ac­cused of be­ing in­volved in the crime but po­lice could not gather ev­i­dence against them.

There are around 10 eye­wit­nesses listed by the po­lice and a few of them have recorded their state­ments un­der 164 CrPC be­fore a mag­is­trate too, said a source. The fi­nal re­port will be filed un­der sec­tion 124-A (sedi­tion) apart from un­law­ful as­sem­bly and ri­ot­ing, cov­ered un­der sec­tions 147 and149 of the IPC, sources said.

TOI had re­ported in Septem­ber that the the po­lice had ev­i­dence against three JNU stu­dents and around nine Kash­miri youths, but there had been a mys­te­ri­ous de­lay of over 900 days in fil­ing of the chargesheet. To carry out the probe, the po­lice took the help of video footage, which was cited as au­then­tic by the foren­sic lab, and used to iden­tify the ac­cused. One video showed a masked, bald Kash­miri man rais­ing anti­na­tional slo­gans.

The ac­cused were also iden­ti­fied through Face­book data anal­y­sis and elec­tronic sur­veil­lance, which cor­rob­o­rated their lo­ca­tion on Fe­bru­ary 9, 2016 to be JNU. Some JNU staffers and se­cu­rity men have also been listed as wit­nesses in the case. The po­lice are bank­ing heav­ily on those who have given their state­ment un­der 164 CrPc. This means they can­not re­tract from their ver­sion and any dis­crep­ancy can lead to pros­e­cu­tion for per­jury. The 2016 in­ci­dent caused a po­lit­i­cal storm. Kan­haiya Ku­mar was ar­rested on On Fe­bru­ary 12, and Umar and Anir­ban on Fe­bru­ary 24. The three were granted in­terim bail.

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