Kanhaiya ‘sedition’ video which went viral, aired on TV, may be doctored

On Thursday, two TV channels, India Today TV and ABP News, aired programmes which sought to prove that the video was doctored.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: February 19, 2016 1:13 pm

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A video that showed JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar shouting slogans, purportedly for the freedom of Kashmir, could have been doctored. The video went viral on social media and was aired on some TV news channels.

On Thursday, two TV channels, India Today TV and ABP News, aired programmes which sought to prove that the video was doctored. They showed what could be the original video which had different slogans.

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BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra had played the video during a TV debate as “clinching evidence” of Kanhaiya’s “anti-national” activities on the JNU campus. The video showed Kanhaiya at a rally, shouting slogans endorsing freedom for Kashmir, including “Hum lekar rahenge… azaadi.”

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While ABP News showed footage of the “original video”, on which audio was allegedly superimposed, India Today TV showed three videos: the one which is now believed to be fake, the “original” Kanhaiya video and a third video in which the audio of unidentified people shouting slogans for freedom of Kashmir was superimposed.

According to the ABP News programme, Kanhaiya made no reference to Kashmir in the “original video”. In the video, he is seen outside the JNU administration building with a group of students. He chants what he wants freedom from and the crowds respond with ‘azaadi’.

“Bhukhmari se… azaadi. Sanghvad se… azaadi. Samantvad se… azaadi. Punjivad se… azaadi. Brahmanvad se… azaadi. Manuvad se… azaadi. Hum lekar rahenge… azaadi. Tum kuch bhi kar lo… azaadi. Hai haq humaari… azaadi. Hai jaan se pyari… azaadi.

Dangaiyon se… azaadi (Freedom from hunger. Freedom from Sangh. Freedom from feudalism. Freedom from capitalism.

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Freedom from Brahmanism. Freedom from Manusmriti. We will get freedom. You do what you can. It is our right. It is dearer than life. Freedom from rioters).”

Asked about the video he showed on a TV channel, Patra said, “I was showing a video that was broadcast on another TV channel. I do not know whether it was a real or a fake video. That is for an investigation to prove.”

On Wednesday, some news channels had aired the video, now believed to be fake, and claimed it “exposed” Kanhaiya, catching his “sedition” on tape.