The Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Wednesday questioned two more suspects in connection with the January 5 violence on Jawahar Lal Nehru University (JNU) campus in which at least 35 people were injured. The Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) also visited the campus and collected data from university’s server room.
According to police, Chunchun Kumar and Dolan Samanta have been called for questioning on Wednesday. However, Akshat Awasthi, Rohit Shah and Komal Sharma are still at large.
Awasthi and Shah, both first-year students of JNU, had featured in a sting operation conducted by a TV news channel. The police had identified Komal Sharma, a student of Daulat Ram College, as the masked woman who was seen in the videos of violence shared on social media. She was wearing a check shirt, a light blue scarf and was carrying a stick.
"Efforts are being made to trace Akshat Awasthi, Rohit Shah and Komal Sharma, who are absconding," said a senior police official.
"Komal phone was switched off since Saturday night. When police had contacted Awasthi and Shah, they said they will join the probe but their phones are also switched off now," senior police official added.
JNU Students' Union president Aishe Ghosh, Sucheta Talukdar, Priya Ranjan, Dolan Samanta, Vhaskar Vijay Mech, Chunchun Kumar (a JNU alumni) and Pankaj Mishra have been named as suspects in the violence. So far, the police had questioned Talukdar, Ranjan, Ghosh, Mishra and Mech in connection with the attack.
A total of 36 persons, including students and faculty, were injured on January 5 when the masked mob entered the campus and attacked them with rods and sledgehammers.