The Delhi Police, in a report on submitted before a city court on Thursday, said the video footage of the alleged “anti-national slogans” raised on campus in February is “not clear” and looks “apparently doctored”. The footage was submitted to the police by ABVP’s complainant Vivek Garg.
“The footage is not clear… as the same has been obtained from unknown social network and media websites and apparently looks doctored. Hence, in order to establish the same, requests have been sent to different electronic media sources to provide un-edited/raw footage of the incident.”
ABVP had filed a complaint saying that teachers and students of the college had raised “anti-national slogans” after they were forced to cancel a seminar on ‘Cultures of Protest’ following ABVP opposition over invites to Jawaharlal Nehru University students leaders Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid.
The Delhi police report further said, “there is no authentic source of the media content and it appears that it has been made from antecedent events such as previous speeches of Umar Khalid.” The footage is being analysed and would be submitted in the Forensic Lab in due course.
In order to establish that the footage submitted was doctored, police have sent requests to different electronic media sources to provide unedited, raw footage of the incident.
The report was filed before Metropolitan Magistrate Abhilash Malhotra in connection with a complaint seeking lodging of a FIR in the Ramjas College incident in which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised by members of students groups AISA and SFI.
In a nine-page Action Taken Report, the Delhi Police informed the court that it was examining students and teachers to identify the culprit's involved clashes that broke out between ABVP and Left-affiliated AISA. The report also accused five Delhi University professors of leading the students’ group. Details of students of various colleges of the Delhi University were being sought from the proctor, the police added.
ABVP alleged that students chanted slogans such as “Hum kya mange Azadi”, “Kashmir Mange Azadi”, “Bastar Mange azadi”, “ye pyari pyari azadi”, “ye sundar wali azadi”, “Police tum Bahar Jao”, “Hamara Umar wapas lao.”
“Efforts are being made to identify the persons indulging in the protests as the video footage, even if assumed to be not doctored or falsified, does not reveal the true and accurate identity of all the culprits involved,” report filed by the Joint Commissioner of Police said.
The court listed the matter for 29 August for hearing arguments of complainant Vivek Garg.
On 21 February, members of RSS' student wing ABVP had gathered outside the college and shouted slogans in protest against the seminar for which JNU students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid were invited. The ABVP members allegedly pelted stones, vandalised the venue and disrupted the seminar.
The next day violent clashes erupted between the Left and the ABVP students leaving several of them and three teachers injured.