Bharatiya Janata Party legislator OP Sharma has not been named in the two FIRs registered by Delhi Police in connection with the attack on students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and journalists outside Patiala House courts complex in the Capital.
Police on Tuesday registered two FIRs against unknown persons even though cameras clearly show Sharma and his supporters thrashing an activist outside the court premises. The BJP MLA has claimed to be a victim alleging he suffered a head injury in the attack.
“We have registered two FIRs against unknown persons. One is related to the scuffle inside the court while the other is related to the one which happened outside the court premises (in which BJP MLA OP Sharma was involved). We are in the process of identifying the people in the tape and will take action. In both the cases, police is the complainant,” DCP (New Delhi) Jatin Narwal said.
Police sources said they would also probe the identity of the people who had asked lawyers to assemble at the court.
The photograph of one of the lawyers who was also caught on video thrashing students was widely circulated on social media as well. Photographs of Vikram Chauhan with BJP leaders reportedly at Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad functions and a poster of his photograph with Union home minister Rajnath Singh went viral.
While students and journalists have alleged that the lawyers got violent and attacked them, Chauhan told Hindustan Times that it was the students and teachers of JNU who provoked them in the court.
Narrating the sequence of events, he said, “When we entered the court complex, we saw that all the seats had been occupied by the students and teachers. When we asked them to move, the students got agitated and started asking us to show our identity cards. It was then that one of my colleagues informed the police control room.”
“The students started shouting Pakistan Zindabad. They also said ‘Afzal tumhara naam rahega’. We then shouted Bharat Mata Ki Jai. It was then that all hell broke loose and we got into a scuffle with them.”
When asked about his photographs which reportedly show him at BJP and ABVP events, Chauhan said that they were taken “selectively” from Facebook.
“The students have selectively used the photographs from my Facebook profile. The same album on Facebook has my pictures with JNU leader Sharad Yadav and also other Congress leaders. I belong to no party,” he said.
Sucheta De, former president of the JNU students’ union, questioned the decision of the police.
“Why are police not arresting the lawyer and the BJP leader caught on tape? This shows the intention of the government.”