Police question 9 suspects in server room violence before JNU attack

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37 people in WhatsApp group identified associated with JNU attack: sources

Police question 9 suspects in server room violence before JNU attack

JNU: A crowd of around 70 to 100 people attacked students and teachers last week

New Delhi:

The Delhi Police have informed nine students who are said to have been involved in clashes a few hours before the JNU attack on students and teachers. The suspects, including injured union leader Aishe Ghosh, were named and identified on Friday based on viral social media posts and statements from security guards, security forces, and students. From Monday onwards you will be interviewed with different time slots for each person. The police also said that female suspects did not have to present themselves to the criminal police, but were interviewed by female officers at a time and place of their choice.

Several other students – whose relationship to the violence is still unclear – have also been identified and will be interviewed this week, the cops added.

On Friday, the Delhi police had released a series of photos – some of which did not seem to be very clear – in which they identified suspects in clashes over the hostel fee increase that occurred on January 4 and 5 in the university's computer server room took place.

This was hours before a masked mob of around 70 to 100 goons carrying iron bars and sledgehammers stormed onto the JNU campus and went on an untested rampage that left 34 injured.

The cops mainly called members of the student-controlled student union, as well as Yogendra Bhardwaj and Vikas Patel. Both are said to be members of the BJP-affiliated ABVP.

Leftist student groups and the ABVP have accused each other of violence.

Given the allegations, Ms. Ghosh gave an emotional counter-speech later in the day, saying, "I wasn't the one in a mask … I'm the one who was affected. I still have my blood-soaked clothes."

On Saturday, police sources said they had identified 37 members of the 60-person Unity against the Left group that had been established hours before the mob attack. Members of the group, including non-students, are believed to have facilitated access to the gun-bearing thugs.

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It is believed that the worst violence has broken out at Sabarmati Hostel

The cops, who have come under fire for their behavior during the terrible attack – students from the prestigious university have said they "did nothing" to stop this – have been on campus since the violence broke out on January 5 nobody arrested.

Police previously said the lack of CCTV footage was a major hurdle in identifying suspects. On Saturday, JNU Vice-Chancellor Jagadeesh M Kumar said at his first meeting with students since the attack that additional surveillance cameras would be installed near hostels.

No members of the JNU Students Union attended the meeting.

This morning, Mr. Kumar seemed to offer an olive branch to the alleged violent offenders and said, "Let's leave the past behind".

"Whatever happened, happened. Let's leave the past behind. We're not trying to talk to anyone or blame anyone. We have to make sure the university is working properly and we are making progress," he was quoted as saying by the ANI news agency.

The Vice Chancellor was heavily criticized for apparent inactivity during the Sunday attack and parts of the students and faculty demanded his resignation.

With input from ANI