Investigators probing the ‘sedition’ case in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) are looking for five persons who were allegedly shouting “anti-India” slogans during an event on JNU campus on February 9, said sources in Delhi Police.
The event was being held to mark the third anniversary of the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.
Police scanned video footage of the incident and “identified” the five persons, whose faces were covered throughout the event, said sources. “They could be seen raising slogans against India in the video accessed by the police,” sources added.
Police have now taken printouts of the video grabs of these men, said sources.
“During questioning, police asked JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, who are facing sedition charges, about these people, but they were not able to identify them,” sources said.
“Khalid told police that during the event, he also asked others who those people were. Earlier, JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar was also asked about these men, but he failed to identify them,” they added.
Investigators are now planning to check the visitors’ list in JNU, said sources.
The police report on the issue stated that the “students” shouting such slogans have been “identified”.
“On scrutiny of video footage, the individuals who were seen shouting slogans in the video, and also on the basis of information provided by the representatives of the university authorities, the investigating team identified the students who were seen shouting slogans, raising arms in support of the slogans and participating in the procession,” stated the 12-page report by the Delhi Police.