SIT quizzes Aishe, 2 for JNU violence

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SIT quizzes Aishe, 2 for JNU violence

Tuesday, 14 January 2020 | Staff Reporter | NEW DELHI

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Monday visited the Jawaharlal Nehru University and questioned three students, including JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh in connection with the January 5 violence on the campus.

According to police, Pankaj Mishra, Bhasker Vijay Mech and Ghosh were called for questioning after serving them notices. Police said Akshat Awasthi and Rohit Shah, who featured in a sting operation conducted by a TV news channel, have also been served notices to join the investigation and were questioned on Monday by the SIT.

Police have also identified the masked woman, seen in the purported videos of the violence shared on social media, as Komal Sharma, who was wearing a check shirt, light blue scarf and carrying a stick.

Sharma, who is a student of Daulat Ram College, has also been served a notice to join the probe, said a police official adding that her phone was found to be switched off since Saturday night.

The SIT, headed by Dr Joy Tirkey, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Crime Branch, is likely to seek information about who initiated the violence, which occurred in two separate incidents in the Periyar and Sabarmati hostel on 5 January. Police said that Ghosh had been caught on camera as part of the group that attacked the Periyar hostel.

Additionally, the SIT has made three sets of questions regarding the incidents of vandalism on January3 and 4.

Last Friday, police had released nine pictures of suspects which also included Mishra, Bhasker and Ghosh names, following the January 5 violence in which 35 students and teachers sustained injuries.

Those identified are Dolan Samanta, Priya Ranjan, Sucheta Talukdar, Aishe Ghosh, Bhaskar Vijay Mech, Chunchun Kumar ( all alumni), and Pankaj Mishra from the Left. The remaining two are Vikas Patel and Yogendra Bharadwaj, both from the RSS-affiliated ABVP. However, no arrest or detention has been made so far.

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