JNU row: 3 days on, no arrests over journos attacked at Patiala House

  • Agencies, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 17, 2016 11:30 IST
Journalists during March Press Club to Supreme Court against attack at Delhi court, in new Delhi on Tuesday, February 16, 2016. (Hindustan Times)

Two days after the attack on journalists, students and teachers of JNU in the Patiala House Court , the police are yet to arrest any of the perpetrators. Despite having conducted a thorough analysis of several video grabs , the police have failed to identify any of the accused.

On Tuesday, a group of journalists approached senior police officials and identified one of the lawyers, who was seen attacking students in a video, as one Vikram Singh Chauhan, a police official said.

Later in the day, the photograph of a poster surfaced on social media, suggesting that Chauhan is linked with BJP. However, the authenticity of the image could not be verified by the police. The police also claimed that they could not trace Chauhan and the allegations can be verified only when he is questioned.

When contacted, Chauhan said ,”Around 100 to 150 goons who claimed to be from JNU entered the court premises and occupied seats of lawyers. When we asked them to vacate the seats, they started abusing us and it were them who attacked us first. We could not tolerate such hooliganism.”

Under mounting attack over police inaction when journalists and JNU students were being thrashed in a court complex, Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi said the alleged negligence is being probed and the guilty will face legal action.

Asked why policemen present at the Patiala House Court did not intervene when the assault was going on, Bassi said the issue pertains to people from “two different lines of thought” confronting each other in a charged environment.

On Monday, groups of lawyers had beaten journalists and JNU students and teachers in the Court complex ahead of the hearing of the sedition case registered against JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar in connection with an event at the university last week to protest the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

Following the incident, two FIRs were registered against unnamed persons under relevant Sections of the IPC, with the police taking suo motu cognisance of the entire episode.

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