Delhi Police releases photographs of nine JNU violence suspects, including Aishe Ghosh
The police’s theory is similar to the one proposed by the JNU administration. JNU vice-chancellor Mamidala Jagdesh Kumar had claimed that “the origin” of the violence lies in some agitating students turning violent and obstructing academic activities in JNU. Incidentally, it includes students who were attacked by the masked mob on January 5th.
Delhi Police has released photographs of nine suspects involved in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) violence. Notably, it includes the name of JNU students’ union president Aishe Ghosh who was brutally attacked by the masked mob on the night of January 5.
While releasing the pictures of the suspects, the police claimed that the chain of events started on January 1st and ended on the night of January 5th. The police’s theory is similar to the one proposed by the JNU administration. JNU vice-chancellor Mamidala Jagdesh Kumar had blamed the students who were agitating against the fee-hike in the JNU. He had claimed, “The origin of the present situation in JNU lies in some agitating students turning violent and obstructing the academic activities of a large number of non-protesting students.”
The origin of the present situation in JNU lies in some agitating students turning violent and obstructing the academic activities of a large number of non-protesting students. The protesting students damaged the communication servers to disrupt the winter semester registration.— Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar (@mamidala90) January 6, 2020
On Friday, Dr Joy Tirkey, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Crime, said, “No suspects have been detained till now, will begin to interrogate the suspects soon.”
The suspects identified by the Delhi Police are - Chunchun Kumar, Pankaj Mishra, Aishe Ghosh, Waskar Vijay, Sucheta Talukraj, Priya Ranjan, Dolan Sawant, Yogendra Bhardwaj, Vikas Patel.
Tirkey said that misinformation has been circulated regarding the violence which happened inside the JNU campus. To investigate the matter, the police formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT).
The police said that problems started when winter registration were being done in the JNU between January 1 and 5. Student bodies such as JNUSU, Students’ Federation of India (SFI), All India Students’ Association (AISA) and sympathisers of two more students’ organisations were opposed to allowing winter registration. These organisations had “threatened students who wanted to register,” the police said.
Soon after this, on January 4, some miscreants broke into the server rooms and damaged the servers, the police added. DCP Tirkey further said, these same miscreants, who belonged to the Left union, went to Periyar hostel and damaged properties on January 5th.
The case relating to the mayhem of January 5th night is being probed by the SIT.
Incidentally, when the Delhi Police were holding this press conference at the Police headquarters, the JNUSU delegation was holding a meeting with the Ministry of Human Resource Development Secretary, Amit Khare at the MHRD office.
The JNUSU said that those named by the police as suspects of the JNU violence “are the same students who have been protesting against fee hike since 75 days.” It further said, “this comes at a time when the real perpetrators of the JNU violence, the ABVP goons, the JNUTF (JNU teachers’ federation) goons, are roaming freely and fearlessly inside JNU, while many students are yet to overcome the trauma of the violence.”
Meanwhile, Union Minister Smriti Irani, reacting to the Delhi Police briefing, blamed the left students’ organisations for the JNU mayhem. She said that the police’s briefing has “unmasked” the Left’s “design” in the JNU.
Meanwhile, India Today has released a sting operation - JNU Confession Tapes - in which several individuals have been caught on the camera claiming that they were behind the JNU violence. In the tape, one Akshat Awasthi, BA French 1st year student, JNU, can be heard claiming that he had “mobilised 20 JNU students” and nearly 20 outsiders to carry out the mayhem at the JNU that night. According to the news channel, Awasthi is an Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activist.