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Charge sheets filed in Jamia violence

JNU student Sharjeel Imam gestures during an interview. Screen grab taken from video footage taken on December 22, 2019.

JNU student Sharjeel Imam gestures during an interview. Screen grab taken from video footage taken on December 22, 2019.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

Document mentions name of JNU PhD student Sharjeel Imam for persuading an accused to commit violence: police officer.

Two charge sheets have been filed by the Delhi Police in connection with violence that erupted inside and outside Jamia Millia Islamia on December 15. They were filed on February 13 at the Saket court, the police said.

A senior police officer said the document mentions the name of Jawaharlal Nehru University PhD student Sharjeel Imam for persuading an accused to commit violence. “He is not named as an accused in the charge sheet. He has been arrested in connection with the Jamia case on Sunday. However, one of the accused, during interrogation, said he heard Imam’s speech and got instigated to commit violence,” the officer stated.

Referring to one accused who has been arrested and interrogated, the document reads, “… He also disclosed that on December 13, the atmosphere was highly surcharged due to anti CAA [Citizenship (Amendment) Act] protest and violent incidents of rioting in Jamia. On that day, one Sharjil Imam, student of JNU Sharjil Imam also gave provocative speeches against CAA…”.

The document states that the protesters, including arrested accused, were stopped by a police party after which they jammed the Mata Mandir Road in New Friends Colony, damaged and torched vehicles and pelted stones at police.

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The charge sheet mentions that empty cartridges of 3.2 mm pistol were recovered, suggesting that the shots were fired from a country-made pistol. However, police said the persons who fired the shots were yet to be found and the matter was being investigated. 

The charge sheet has statements of over 100 persons as witnesses which have been attached as evidence.

The officer said a total of 18 persons have so far been arrested in connection with the two FIRs registered and none of them were students. “No student has been named in the charge sheet”.

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The document also has Medico Legal Certificates attached of 95 public persons and over 30 police officials who sustained injuries on December 15.

Sources said the document also mentioned the Popular Front of India and its role was being probed.

 

One FIR was registered in the Jamia Nagar Police Station under sections of rioting and assault to deter public servant from discharge of his duty among other sections and under the Arms Act; and the other in the New Friends Colony Police Station under similar sections in addition to attempt to murder and criminal conspiracy. The cases were transferred to the Crime Branch.

On Tuesday, a special investigation team (SIT), headed by Deputy Commissioner of Police Rajesh Deo, visited the university in the wake of videos that surfaced in the last few days showing police ‘excesses’ on December 15.

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