JNU row: Now, Delhi Police seek Zee’s camera, chip for Afzal Guru event footage

Editor, Zee News, Sudhir Chaudhary confirmed police had approached them for the camera and the memory card containing the “original chip”.

Written by Sarah Hafeez | New Delhi | Updated: February 21, 2016 8:29 am
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The Delhi Police Saturday asked Zee News for their reporter’s camera and its “original chip” containing footage of the alleged anti-national slogans raised on the JNU campus on February 9, during a meeting held to mark Afzal Guru’s hanging.

The request comes just days after questions were raised over the authenticity of another video broadcast on television news channels, that went viral on social media, showing arrested JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar shouting “pro-Kashmir” slogans.

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The request for the original footage of February 9 comes 10 days after police registered a suo motu FIR based on the Zee News video, aired on February 10, that showed people purportedly shouting ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans at the Afzal Guru event.

It was after this that Kanhaiya was arrested on charges of sedition and criminal conspiracy.

Later, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had complained to the Delhi Police about the same footage, submitting two video clips purportedly showing members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) shouting ‘Pakistan Zindabad’. The AAP said the clips showed “the real culprits behind the unrest in JNU”.

On Saturday afternoon, Vasant Kunj North Station House Officer Prabhu Dayal sent a letter to the Zee News office. The letter addressed to the Editor-in-Chief of Zee News was titled: “Request to produce the camera along with its original chip belonging to reporter Pawan Nara who had recorded the incident dated 9.2.2016 of JNU campus”.

Police sources said the original camera and memory card could be sent for forensic tests. “It is to inform your channel had telecast the incident regarding allegedly raising of anti national slogans/ activities by students of JNU Campus on 9.2.16. This incident was covered by your reporter Pawan Nara with his camera. A case vide FIR No. 110/16 dated 10.2.16 u/s 124A/4/120B IPC has been registered at police station Vasant Kunj North in this regard,” states the police letter.
Watch video: ABVP Students Raise Slogans At Delhi University

“You are requested to provide the camera of reporter Pawan Nara by which he had recorded the said incident along with its original chip containing the recording of this incident for the purpose of investigations,” it adds.

Asked about the request for the original footage, Police Commissioner B S Bassi said, “Whatever our investigation officer thinks is required for the investigation into the case, he is doing.”

Editor, Zee News, Sudhir Chaudhary confirmed police had approached them for the camera and the memory card containing the “original chip”. “Police on Saturday asked us for our reporter’s camera and memory card. We provided them with the camera and the P2 card on which the JNU incident footage is recorded. It is a routine procedure under the (Indian) Evidence Act,” he told The Sunday Express.

Asked about the videos shown on February 10, Chaudhary added, “The slogans are very clear for anybody to hear. We stand by the footage that was aired on Zee News. We have handed over all the raw footage to the Delhi Police already.”

Incidentally, the Delhi Police FIR of 10 days ago categorically stated that police had taken “certified” footage from Zee News. “We watched on a show aired on Zee News on February 10 students of JNU raising anti-national slogans and speeches. A letter was sent on February 10 requesting Editor Zee News Noida to give the video recording (News Clip) of the incident taken place on the JNU campus on February 9. On February 11, we took from Zee News the footage in the form of CD with covering letter from Zee News Editor Shreejit Sarkar. The above mentioned video CD was played and checked. It contained footage of the incident on February 9 in JNU.”

Joint Commissioner of Police (South-eastern range) R S Krishnia and Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Premnath did not respond to calls from The Sunday Express through Saturday.

After the AAP had claimed that ABVP members were behind the ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans allegedly made on the JNU campus on February 9, JNU ABVP president Aalok Singh, who was present during that protest, had said, “There are some ABVP members in the video, and some students who support our cause but are not members. At that point, the ABVP was shouting slogans such as ‘Bharatiya Court Zindabad’ and ‘Indian Army Zindabad’. We did this to counter anti-national slogans being raised at the time.”

On Thursday, TV news channels India Today TV and ABP News had aired programmes indicating that a video showing Kanhaiya purportedly shouting slogans for the freedom of Kashmir could have been doctored.

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First Published on: February 21, 2016 4:24 am
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    Vaid
    Feb 21, 2016 at 4:24 am
    The strategy of congress and communists are clear. Do all the crime and then blame BJP with doctored evidences. People see through this deception.
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      Vaid
      Feb 21, 2016 at 7:43 am
      You had a verified evidence when you first accused Zee's video as morphed? Strange sense of argument and justice.
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        Bharat
        Feb 21, 2016 at 10:14 am
        And we will never let that happen even if it cost our lifes or have to take the lifes of those taitor bas tar ds
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          Bharat
          Feb 21, 2016 at 8:13 am
          A single culprit Muslim does more harm to the nation than 1000's of Abdul kalams contributions ,never trust a Muslim they only care about Islam ,they are religious fanatics , umar Khalid is not an Indian ? Now look what he did ,and his terrorist father ,mim owaisi openly support him because he is a Muslim pig ,see their unity lies in Islam not in nation ,for them everything comes after religion
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            Bharat
            Feb 21, 2016 at 8:16 am
            A single culprit Muslim does more harm to the nation than 1000's of Abdul kalams contributions ,never trust a Muslim they only care about Islam ,they are religious fanatics , umar Khalid is not an Indian ? Now look what he did ,and his terrorist father ,mim owaisi openly support him because he is a Muslim pig ,see their unity lies in Islam not in nation ,for them everything comes after religion
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              Bharat
              Feb 23, 2016 at 5:09 am
              All your Muslim community are terrorists ,and you speaking about nationalism ,what a joke
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                Bharat
                Feb 21, 2016 at 5:28 am
                Jnu is the factory of terrorists aka muslums
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                  Bharat
                  Feb 21, 2016 at 6:02 am
                  Muslim pigs are known for their loyalty towards stan ,a proof is a last thing to justify Muslim garbage
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                    Bharat
                    Feb 21, 2016 at 5:12 am
                    RSS don't teach hate others infact it teaches to stand united against our enemies , it's your madras that teach hate in the name of fake Allah ,puppet mo ham head
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                      Bharat
                      Feb 21, 2016 at 5:17 am
                      What else we can expect from napunsaks pappu and kujiliwal ,our unity for maa bharathi will only double by all these anti national activities
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                        Rakesh Kumar
                        Mar 4, 2016 at 6:20 pm
                        Hey, The doctored video is not of Zee news.it is the unedited and true video. Details : (The status report clarified that the unedited video footage was “not the footage which is being argued as ‘doctored’ in various sections, including peioner as alleged by the media. But it is a totally different and contemporaneously recorded unedited video footage. However, the video is not the sole evidence on the basis of which the investigation is proceeding with,” it said. ) It is being said by police that 2 videos were doctored out of 7 submitted to FSL,Bangalore. and, accordingly to kejriwal 3 videos out of 7 were dcotored, which was verified by private laboratory in Hyderabad (Including 2 doctored videos of AAP and 1 of India news of Deepak chourasiya - )
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                          Arghyajit Das
                          Feb 21, 2016 at 5:38 am
                          Raj Kamal Jha a well known scoundrel,he actually report for stan and a case of sedition already pending in court
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                            AKHTAR
                            Feb 22, 2016 at 7:41 am
                            YOU ARE REAL FACE OF ANTI NATIONAL
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                              Kartik
                              Feb 21, 2016 at 7:13 am
                              These uneducated bhakts would never understand the meaning of free thinking as they themselves do not have a point of views of their own.. They do not have the capacity to analyse and decide.. They can only follow blindly.. They would not say anything against bjp-pdp alliance.. On RSS celebrating traitors like nathu DOGse's (not using his middle name as it would be an insult to the god I worship) because they only follow what their pseudo nationalist party would say.. No show of nationalism on such issues.. But there nationalism would come to the fore if someone dares to voice their point of view.. But I completely condemn those sh*t ppl who shouted anti-india slogans, who have insulted our nation and they should be whipped to death if proven wrong.. They should be given the filthiest death possible.. Its an insult to the soldiers standing on the front to let us live in peace.. And to say all that can not be accepted nlby any patriot..
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                                Anand Sudan
                                Feb 21, 2016 at 6:55 am
                                Edito , Idian Express, It is a daily which has the legacy of Ram nath Goenka, You can write against BJP, RSS. But not against our motherland. You are now supporting the supportes who are exhorting the destruction of India.
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                                  Anjan Kumar
                                  Feb 21, 2016 at 3:58 am
                                  It is the most unfortunate sequences of glorifying a terrorist BY BUNCH OF SO CALLED LEFTIST who did dare to attack and vanish the highest Insute of our democratic temple ,THE PARLIAMENT and did dare to preach to support the enemy of the state ,AFJAL GURU. It is straight and simple that anybody staying here and living his/her lives as per the rule of the country having the stamp of Indian Citizen can not abuse the nation and applauds the Terrorists if he by heart and law is the true Indian Patriot Citizen. Each one who says “INDIA KI BARVADI” IN THE ROW OF Glorifying a terrorist as a Patriot and innocent even if after the India’s apex court of law including the President of India also absolutely put GURU into the arena of DEATH SENTENCE. Leftists are part of the democratic process but it does cross the LAXMAN REKHA of freedom of speech and expression and anti national and the best word I would like to use here for them who abuse my mother land will not fear to call them TRAITORS .And traitors should be punished by the court of law . How can these so called leftist say –“BHARAT KI BARBADI TAK JUNG REHGI” being simply an Indian ?How our leaders did again start the blame game without punishing all the culprits who did dare to support a proved Terrorist ?Is it freedom of speech to glorify a terrorist? Is not it the straight dis respect the Govt. of India and the Indian Consution? Who the people do fund for such kind of anti national Activities need to be put behind the Bar. People in Indian Campus, studying on the tax payers money of India bullying India who feed them who does open a space to live them in. Student Leaders like UMAR KHALID are more deadly than any other danger for India. Many people now in India also feel the same as I and as You that all these people are anti national and danger for our democracy need to be stopped soon .There is no place to spread the anti national campaign in our own campus. It is not therefore freedom of speech but just a sedation. Many supporters of this Anti National Incident as part of the cultural gathering by using their Freedom of speech of Expression ,either they don’t know the rule of law in our consution or telling lie knowingly . Freedom of Speech and expression has guaranteed all the India Citizens with certain limitation in terms of the Interest of the nation. Article 19 envisages the Protection of certain rights regarding freedom of speech, etc. Nothing in sub-clause (a) of clause (1) shall affect the operation of any existing law, or prevent the State from making any law, in so far as such law imposes reasonable restrictions on the exercise of the right conferred by the said sub-clause in the interests of the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security of the State, friendly relations with foreign States, public order, decency or morality, or in relation to contempt of court, defamation or incitement to an offence.
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                                    Chandrasekharan K>R.
                                    Feb 21, 2016 at 6:42 am
                                    From where the AAP delhi govt got those tapes? They would have super imposed such slogans to synchronise witk the pro india slogans of abvp students. Kejriwal must be involved in that. Otherwise what is his interest so much in this row.
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                                      Bijan Mohanty
                                      Feb 21, 2016 at 4:22 pm
                                      ZEE TV owner should be interrogated for fudged videos.
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                                        Binoj Vin
                                        Feb 22, 2016 at 6:11 am
                                        There were strong protest againt American govt on Vietnam war and iraq war,protest were larger rallies. In india sanghees would have killed them
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                                          Educated Indian
                                          Feb 21, 2016 at 8:14 am
                                          Some people whom i am hearing from last few days saying that India is a tolerating country, the reason they provide is that of "Under British Raj , Indians were tolerant because they(Britishers) were here and ruled India for nearly 200 years." And i reply them by saying that "It did required a bunch of intrepid nationalists,patriots,lovers-of-motherland-India bulk of intolerance or bravery which they showed, they detested and maligned the rule which was crippling India and because of their intolerance here are we living in a "Free-India". So rather by going with the accepted or authorized definition of sedition which "erudite" persons like Kapil Sibbal thinks that the case doesn't fall under sedition, I reply to them by saying that "No problem if it's not a sedition make an amendment in your "equal-for-everybody" law by including the "Anti-national sloganeering" and charging them with suitable punishments."
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                                            Dr B
                                            Feb 21, 2016 at 6:44 am
                                            Zee News only gives the truth. They not hide any truth which is antinational
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