A Delhi Police report to Commissioner B S Bassi on investigations into charges of sedition against JNU students has stated that witnesses from the university had not corroborated claims that students had raised the slogan ‘Pakistan Zindabad’.
The Delhi Police had registered a suo motu FIR into the February 9 incident on the basis of footage aired on Zee News on February 10. The FIR also mentioned that the footage included slogans like ‘Pakistan Zindabad’.
On Sunday, Vishwa Deepak, a producer who resigned from Zee News and claimed to have handled the footage, said the slogans raised were ‘Bharatiya Court Zindabad’ and not ‘Pakistan Zindabad’. Zee News Editor Sudhir Chowdhary, who called Deepak’s resignation an internal matter of the organisation, had earlier said he stood by the footage aired on Zee News.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Prem Nath submitted the report titled ‘A brief background and factual note on the incident at JNU regarding case FIR No. 110/16 dated 11.02.2016’ to Bassi on Sunday.
According to the 12-page report, “JNU staff and other witnesses present there informed that the organisers and their supporters were shouting slogans…” The report mentions 29 slogans that were raised on the night of February 9, but does not include ‘Pakistan Zindabad.’
The slogan finds mention in the report while referring to the Zee News footage. “On scrutiny of the video footage, the individuals who were seen to be shouting slogans in the video and also on the basis of information provided by the representatives of the JNU authorities, the investigating team identified the students who were seen shouting slogans, raising arms in support of the slogans and participating in the procession,” the report stated.
“The slogans which were seen in the footage were anti-national, anti-constitutional, against the organs of the government and against the integrity of the nation. So much so, some of the students were shouting slogans as Pakistan Zindabad repeatedly,” the report stated.
Another video, which purportedly showed JNU students’ union President Kanhaiya Kumar raising “anti-national” slogans, could have been doctored. 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.