Hyderabad: In a major twist to JNU violence case, Delhi Police release nine photos of the suspects, including Jawahar Lal Nehru University Students Union president Aishe Ghosh, identifying them for violence in the JNU campus last week.
On Friday, Police released pictures of the suspects and blamed Left Unions and at least seven people from their Unions while two from ABVP, BJP's student body, responsible for the violence in the campus.
DCP, Crime Branch, Joy Tirkey while addressing to the media said, "Those who have been identified include -- Chunchun Kumar, Pankaj Mishra, Aishe Ghosh (JNUSU President), Waskar Vijay, Sucheta Talukraj, Priya Ranjan, Dolan Sawant, Yogendra Bhardwaj, Vikas Patel."
While the Delhi Police blamed Left students for disrupting the registration by shutting down the server, very less information they had to give on the masked mob who created rampage inside the campus and beat up students on January 5 that led to the nation-wide outrage.
Delhi Police PRO, Mandeep Singh Randhawa, while addressing media at the Delhi Police Headquarters said, "Crime Branch is doing the investigation regarding the criminal cases filed in connection with JNU violence incident. However, misinformation regarding this case has been circulated. Different sources have been quoted."
Mr Tirkey, who is probing this case, said that JNU administration started the online, winter, registration process. Majority of the students from January 1 to 5 wanted to register, but the Left Union students threatened them and did not allow them to register.
He also revealed that on January 3, Left Union members pushed staff and switched off the server. Post which, a complaint was filed by JNU authority with the Police.
Police alleged that on January 4 too, Some miscreant entered breaking the glass door, damaged the server again, enforcing their protest which they have been doing over increased fees.
On January 5, a large group of masked people armed with iron rods and sledge-hammers entered the campus and attacked students and teachers. Aishe Ghosh too suffered head injuries and was bleeding profusely.
With strong police force deployed outside JNU, none of the attackers was stopped or arrested, raising serious questions on the role of Delhi Police.
Police admitted that it was facing difficulty in identifying attackers because of lack of security footage as the installed CCTV footage work with WiFi and with servers down, Police couldn't get the CCTV footage.
Also getting authenticated video recordings and witnesses have been a problem, Police said.
Amidst the series of events that have unfolded, some serious questions need to be answered from Delhi Police that why there is no arrest or word from them on the masked goons who unleashed violence in the JNU campus on Sunday.
However, DCP Tirkey said they are not detaining anyone as of now, but notices will be served to the accused.
The Police further said this is one of the briefings. As the investigation proceeds, they will have further briefings on this case.
"We have been saying any sort of violence is wrong. Is there any video which shows I am walking with rods and lathis. Is there any proof? Even I have got my evidence how I was attacked in the campus," Aishe said.
"Let Delhi Police do their investigation. Have full faith in the law & order of this country that investigation will be fair. I will get justice. But why is Delhi Police bias? My complaint has not been filed as an FIR. I have not carried out any assault," Aishe added further while slamming Delhi Police.
As soon as the Delhi press conference concluded, BJP Union ministers launched a scathing attack on Left Students Unions of JNU.
Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said, "Today's press conference of Delhi Police established that for last five days the chorus that was created deliberately to blame ABVP, BJP& others, wasn't true. It's the left organisations that pre-planned violence, disabled CCTV, and destroyed server."
Meanwhile, Smriti Irani tweeted, "Left design in JNU unmasked. They led mobs of mayhem, destroyed public property paid for by taxpayers, disallowed new students from being enrolled, used the campus as a political battleground. #LeftBehindJNUViolence becomes public knowledge as @DelhiPolice releases evidence."
Meanwhile, the JNU Students Union released a statement in which they slammed Delhi Police and called their press conference "a litany of distortions, half-truths and outright lies."
"The most significant fact was that the Additional Commissioner named all Left Organisations, but the name of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad was curiously missing. The silence of the Police on the ABVP is deafening and its ploy to implicate the Left in violence is an indication that this investigation is a political investigation with a clear agenda to placate Mr Amit Shah and the ABVP which can employ violence with impunity based on its state backing," the statement from JNUSU read.
After Delhi Police's briefing was over, ABVP in a series of tweets slammed Left.
"As ABVP joined the students demanding registration; the angered left led by JNUSU President Aishe Ghosh and other comrades (as identified by Delhi Police), unleashed a brutal attack on ABVP karyakartas and students #LeftBehindJNUViolence."
Congress' Ajay Maken while slamming the Delhi Police said, "Congress party demands that not only the Vice-Chancellor of JNU should be removed but also the Delhi Police Commissioner."
JNU students on Friday took out a march, protesting against the violence that took place in the campus on January 5 while on the other hand.