Sedi­tion case: Cops list 10 wit­nesses

Po­lice Cite Foren­sic Ev­i­dence Of Clip On ‘Anti-Na­tional’ Slo­gans At JNU

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY - @times­ Umar Khalid Anir­ban Bhattacharya Kan­haiya Ku­mar

New Delhi: The city po­lice is all set to file a chargesheet against 10 peo­ple, in­clud­ing, for­mer JNU stu­dents union pres­i­dent Kan­haiya Ku­mar, Syed Umar Khalid and Anir­ban Bhattacharya, in a sedi­tion case.

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 nearly three years ago to protest against the cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment awarded by the Supreme Court 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, which are cov­ered un­der sec­tions 147 and 149 of the IPC.

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. Po­lice took the help of video footage, cited as authen­tic by the foren­sic lab, and used it to iden­tify the ac­cused. One video showed a masked, bald Kash­miri man rais­ing anti-na­tional 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.

Po­lice ar­rest then JNUSU pres­i­dent Kan­haiya Ku­mar; oth­ers, in­clud­ing Umar Khalid, ‘ab­scond’Cops iden­tify stu­dents Bano­jy­ot­sna Lahiri, Anir­ban Bhattacharya, Riyazul Haq, Ru­bina Saifi, Rama Naga, Ko­mal, Anand and oth­ers as co-ac­cusedJNU stu­dents protest against the FIR, po­lice ac­tionA group of lawyers and oth­ers run amok at Pa­tiala House Courts dur­ing Kan­haiya’s ap­pear­ance; Kan­haiya is at­tacked but saved by the po­licePo­lice ar­rest Umar Khalid and Anir­ban after they re­turn to cam­pus to sur­ren­derSedi­tion case trans­ferred to Spe­cial CellKan­haiya gets bail after fur­nish­ing bail bond of Rs 10,000 in the Delhi high courtUmar and Anir­ban granted in­terim bail of six monthsForen­sic ex­am­i­na­tion of the video clip pro­cured by po­lice from a TV chan­nel shows it was not tam­pered with; Four clips termed as gen­uineFive Kash­miri youths asked to join probeCops quiz three Kash­miri youths, in­clud­ing two JNU stu­dentsPo­lice sum­mon 31 JNU stu­dents for ques­tion­ing

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