Cops cite video footage for ‘seditious’ slogans
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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.