20 people identified in JNU event, all asked to join probe

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 27, 2016 01:48 IST
Students and members of faculty at a lecture on nationalism at JNU on Friday. (Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)

The police have identified more than 20 people who were seen in a video shouting slogans on the JNU campus on February 9. Police said they learnt about the names of the students from the joint interrogation of the three students — Umar Khalid, Anirban and Kanhaiya Kumar.

Sources said the list of students had been prepared and they would be summoned to join the investigation. According to sources, the video was played over 12 times, even in slow motion, to clearly identify the persons who were seen shouting slogans. Sources said some of the persons who had covered their faces could not be identified.

Police said that it appears that the persons whose faces were covered were the “real conspirators”.

Police sources revealed that Umar and Anirban had stayed at a friend’s house in south Delhi before surrendering to the police. The friend will also be called to join the probe. Police said they are looking into role of all persons who helped the accused remain in hiding after incident.

According to the police, Khalid, Kanhaiya and Anirban have been changing their statements and gave contradictory versions on the sequence of events and slogans shouted at the February 9 event.

“Both Khalid and Anirban have been kept in separate rooms and were asked to recall the entire sequence of events, including the nature of slogans that were shouted on February 9. While Anirban confidently said that no anti-national slogans were raised, Khalid said no slogans were shouted at all till he was present there,” police sources said.

”Their statement about when Kanhaiya joined the event, whether it was after, before or during the event also differs. While Khalid and Anirban claim that he was there during the event, Kanhaiya said he reached there later. We are examining the statements,” the investigators said.

Police said despite claims by Umar and Anirban that the decision to hold the event was collective and members of Democratic Students Union had contributed to it, it appears that it was them who were the main organisers and went ahead with the event despite cancellation of the permission by university administration. The duo also claimed that they had just ‘conceived’ the idea to hold the event and not actually organise it.

Meanwhile, the police have started preparing the evidence file of the case. The file includes the raw version of the video clip obtained from a news channel on the basis of which the case was registered, the letters of communication between the police and the university authorities and the poster of the event.

Ashutosh, one of the three students who are yet to be arrested, has also been called to join the probe, sources said.

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