Mask ke pichey kya hai: Who were the 'masked goons' at JNU?
First it was ABVP goons, then it was leftist terrorists, now it's a fringe Hindu group. Meanwhile, Delhi police probably didn't even think that there was any violence. Maybe that's why the street lights were switched off, suspicious civilians were allowed to enter JNU, and the police slipped into a stand-up slumber. But we are a tad bit confused all these investigations into the masked men and women. Will the real 'mobsters' please stand up?
India is a country, which is equal part tragic and equal part comic. It's like a stage where multiple tragi-comedies play simultaneously, rendering us, the citizens, confused and angry.
Sunday's violence at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and the subsequent search for the masked goons have been one such saga which has created equal amounts of confusion as it has caused outrage.
It started unfolding like an action-thriller, soon it changed genre and became a horror story for the students, then it became a patriotic drama spread on social media, where several mourned the death of law and order in India. But when it finally transformed itself into an investigative slowburner, that's when the social media sleuths found themselves stumped.
Elementary, my dear Deshwasiyon
The social media sherlocks began their investigation (read clicking) as soon as the pictures of the masked figures went viral. Majority of JNU students and the first responders blamed “ABVP goons” for the hooded violence.
The initial #SOSJNU calls mentioned Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (the student wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) workers running riot inside the campus.
To back these up, screenshots from Whatsapp groups called 'Unity against left' and ‘Friends of RSS’ started getting viral.
Screenshots of a Whatsapp group named 'Unity against left' doing the rounds showing how the violence inside the JNU campus was orchestrated. This is the latest one: pic.twitter.com/Q182mBapX0— Somesh Jha (@someshjha7) January 5, 2020
So a WhatsApp group of RSS- Bajrang Dal- ABVP has been created to orchestrate violence. Some chats are as following:— Sunil Ambhore (@SunilAmbhore20) January 5, 2020
1- Main gate par Kya karna hai.
2- Police nahi aayegi.
3- VC apna hai
This is an organised violence. pic.twitter.com/BrFNAnC5g6
Several news outlets ‘investigated’ and alleged that the violence was coordinated through the Whatsapp group called 'Unity against left'. They also inferred that this group was created by an ABVP member and most of its admins had some link with the ABVP. However they failed to conclusively prove if ABVP members in that particular group had planned the violence.
But before anybody could fact check, social media became a battle between the Bakshis (Bakshi, Byomkesh Bakshi).
While speaking to Asiaville, ABVP activists denied any connection between ABVP members and those screenshots.
The Karamchands again got to work regarding a mask-clad woman who could be seen wielding a stick in the now-viral photograph.
They declared this woman to be ABVP member Komal Sharma. Soon, a Ms Marple contacted the said woman, and shared an alleged admission of her being there that night. The ABVP, once again denied any connection of her with violence and instead blamed “leftist terrorists” of attacking their workers.
They found backing from the Vice-chancellor, who alleged that those opposing registration for winter session of JNU were behind the violence.
“Once you eliminate the impossible…”
But all these theories went out of the broken window when Pinky Chaudhary aka Pinky Bhaiyya claimed that it was his right-wing outfit Hindu Raksha Dal, who was behind the violence.
Claiming to be the president of the group, Pinky Bhaiyya said that “JNU is a hotbed of anti-national activities, we can't tolerate this. We take full responsibility for the attack in JNU and would like to say that they were our workers,”
Speaking to Asiaville, Mr Pinky said, though it was them behind the attack, their workers were not wearing masks.
Thus Poirots reached another dead end.
Amidst all these armchair investigations, Whatsapp screenshots and claim-games, we must not forget who were actually supposed to control violence, investigate, and arrest perpetrators.
It might seem that the Delhi Police, for the longest time didn’t even think there was violence happening on Sunday. Or else what could explain their alleged reluctance to stop and catch the masked mob. Make on mistake, the cops reached JNU by 8 PM. So they WERE there.
When we asked a certain policeman at JNU on Monday, as to what they were doing when goons were attacking students with rods and vandalising property, he said, “Hum toh yahin khade the ji,” before he made a move to man the gate.
ANI reports that the Delhi Police Crime Branch is finding it difficult to identify the accused involved in the violence as CCTV server have been damaged.
Poor them, how are they supposed to investigate when the CCTV servers are damaged. It’s not like they were there when the violence was taking place. The police have also said that they have identified the numbers from the screenshots, but the numbers are switched off. Gross injustice.
Delhi Police sources: Police have also taken into account the WhatsApp screenshots being circulated and have identified the numbers as well. Most of the numbers are switched off right now. But their location at the time of violence will be taken through CDR.— ANI (@ANI) January 7, 2020
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