FIR against Kanhaiya based on video footage

FIR against Kanhaiya based on video footage

The FIR against JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar was filed on the basis of footage from a Hindi news channel despite several policemen being witness to the event where he “anti-national” slogans were raised.

“We also obtained several clips from students and the university’s security staff, but the clip from the TV channel proved most useful for the FIR,” said a police officer. The footage was used by the TV channel on February 10, but it was undated. 

It is alleged that Kumar was among a group of students who raised anti-national slogans at the campus on February 9.

The police had approached Zee News after receiving a written complaint on the event from BJP MP Maheish Girri. He had also mentioned the TV channel in his complaint.

A letter was then sent to the news channel’s editor by Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Prem Nath. 

The editor responded and sent the footage in a CD on February 11.

A call was also made to the police control room from the spot on February 9. Three policemen — head constable Rambir and constables Karambir and Dharambir — were then sent to the spot in plainclothes. A team from the PCR had also reached the spot.

According to the FIR, the footage shows that around 100 students raised anti-national at the event. Police have also obtained posters of the event. 

One of the posters said: “Collective conscience against the judicial killing of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat, in solidarity with the valiant people of Kashmir.” 

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