JNU row: Police report anti-India slogans, but no ‘Pakistan Zindabad’

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 23, 2016 13:08 IST
JNU students protest against Kanhaiya Kumar’s arrest at JNU campus on Thursday. (Sushil Kumar/HT)

A Delhi police incident report on the February 9 JNU protest - prepared by the DCP - has accused students of shouting anti-India and inflammatory slogans, but the slogans mentioned by police does not include ‘Pakistan Zindabad.’

The students have been charged with sedition on the basis of a news channel footage where they were supposedly heard shouting ‘Pakistan Zindabad,’ among other slogans. The police report, submitted to Police Commissioner BS Bassi, does not match with the footage provided by the channel. Legal experts believe that the case against the students could fall apart, if the footage is found to be doctored.

Police in their FIR registered against JNU students’ union President Kanhaiya Kumar and others accused them of shouting anti-India slogans and Pakistan Zindabad, which police learnt from a clipping shown by Zee News on February 10, a day after the incident.

A journalist who resigned from Zee News in his resignation had alleged that when they first saw the footage of the clipping in office, the newsroom was divided and unsure if the footage had the slogan Pakistan Zindabad. The journalist has also accused the channel of repeatedly playing a blurb on the screen accusing students of shouting the slogans while in reality it was clearly inaudible.

The Delhi government has already sent the footage for forensic examination to check if it was tampered with to frame the students. Police have also asked the channel for the original memory card of the camera through which the clipping was recorded.

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According to the contents of the report, the students have been accused of shouting 28 slogans like ‘ Afzal Guru Maqbool Bhatt Zindabad, Kashmir ki Azaadi tak jung rahegi, Bharat ki Barbadi tak jung rahegi, Go India go back, Indian Army Murdabad, Kitne Afzal marogey har ghar se Afzal niklega, Bandook ke dum pe lengay azadi.”

The DCP’s incident report is at odds at the report prepared by an Inspector of Delhi police intelligence branch who filed a report on February 12, informing that the students had shouted many anti-India slogans and the words ‘Pakistan Zindabad.’

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