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Ramjas 'Anti-national' Video Doctored, Say Cops Five Months After The Incident

According to a complaint, "anti-national" slogans were shouted inside the Ramjas College campus on February 21, 2017.

Uday Singh Rana |

Updated:August 4, 2017, 5:30 PM IST
Ramjas 'Anti-national' Video Doctored, Say Cops Five Months After The Incident
File photo of Delhi University's prestigious Ramjas College.
New Delhi: Over five months after violent clashes broke out in Delhi University's prestigious Ramjas College, Delhi Police submitted a report in the court saying the footage of students and teachers shouting "anti-national" slogans may be doctored.

The cops have requested different sources, including the Ramjas College administration, for audio-visual evidence to support the claim that "anti-national" slogans were shouted. According to the complaint, slogans such as 'Hum kya maange azadi' (What do we want? Freedom), 'Kashmir maange azadi' (Kashmir wants freedom), 'Bastar maange azadi' (Bastar wants freedom), 'Ye pyari pyari azadi' (This sweet freedom), 'Ye sundar wali azadi' (This beautiful freedom), 'Police tum bahar jao' (Get out, Police) and 'Hamara Umar wapas lao' (Bring our Umar back) were chanted inside the Ramjas College campus on February 21.

"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 video footage provided by the Complainant has been collected and is being analysed and shall be submitted for the scrutiny of the forensic lab in due course," the nine-page Action Taken Report (ATR) reads.

It adds, "Requests have been made to the students/general public to give statement and provide any evidence available with them i.e. video/audio recording in order to correctly identify the unkown accused persons. Notice has been sent to Principal, Ramjas College to provide the footage of the CCTV installed in the College or video recording conducted by the College administration."

The report, filed by Joint Commissioner of Police (JCP), Delhi, states that a total of eight cases were filed against "ABVP supporters" while 37 were filed against "AISA supporters".

On February 21, Ramjas College cancelled a seminar called 'Culture of protest'. This was done after ABVP activists protested against the participation of JNU research scholar Umar Khalid and former JNUSU vice-president Shehla Rashid.

Khalid was scheduled to speak in the afternoon on the topic 'The War in Adivasi Areas' at the event was organised by the college's Literary Society. However, the protests began even before he could arrive. Khalid made the news in 2016 when he was booked on charges of sedition alongside fellow research scholar Anirban Bhattacharya and then JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar. The trio was accused of shouting anti-India slogans on the JNU campus.

The next day, a protest march was organised from Ramjas College to Maurice Nagar police station to protest against the ABVP's actions. The protests were met with violent resistance as the ABVP clashed with agitating students. Journalists covering the event were also manhandled during the chaos.

It was assault by ABVP, not clashes: DUTA

The Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA), however, says the police action in the Ramjas fracas so far is "not enough". Nandita Narain, DUTA President, told News 18, "I am glad that the police have cleared the air on the alleged sloganeering but it is not enough. We want to know what action they have taken in the instances of violence that broke out on North Campus. So far, the narrative is flawed. It was not a case of clashes between two rival student groups. It was, in fact, an assault by the cadre of one outfit on unarmed students who were not affiliated to any group."

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| Edited by: Bijaya Das
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