Forensic test reveals two out of seven videos on JNU were doctored

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 02, 2016 11:10 IST
(Left to Right) Rama Naga, Ashutosh and Anant, the JNU students who conducted the Feb 9 event to commemorate Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru's hanging. Forensic test revealed two out of seven videos of the event were doctored. (Sanjeev Verma/ HT Photo)

Amid the raging controversy surrounding the Afzal Guru event held at JNU on February 9, it has emerged that two of the seven videos sent by the Delhi government for forensic tests were ‘doctored’.   

The Delhi government had last month sent the seven videos, aired by some TV channels, reportedly showing ‘anti-national’ sloganeering at the JNU event for forensic tests to the Hyderabad-based Truth Labs.

The private laboratory sent a report to the Delhi government on Tuesday. The findings stated that at least two of the seven videos were ‘manipulated’.

Dr Gandhi PC Kaza, chairman, Truth Labs told Hindustan Times that a detailed report had been submitted to the Delhi Government.

As per the findings, sources said, while one of the videos was massively edited and had several cuts, in the other video, the audio was imposed on the video.

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“In one video, the audio was found to be superimposed. It appears that the audio was recorded separately and then imposed and synced with other footages in the video. The audio in which the protesters are heard shouting some slogans was a clear addition to the video, which may have been shot on a different day,” said a source.

The sources said the other video was found to be uneven. “The video was not of a recording that was done in one go. It was patchy and carefully edited. It had several cuts in between but made to look as if it was shot in one go. We have made a note of the cuts in the video,” a source who was part of the investigations said.

While many clips were aired by Hindi and English news channels, sources said it was still unclear who aired the ‘doctored’ videos.

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