JNU violence: Delhi Police claim to have vital clues about identities of masked persons

Masked persons are seen at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi late on January 5, 2020, in this still image obtained from a social media video.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

The police have got vital clues about the identities of masked persons who attacked students at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi and were on the verge of cracking the case, government sources said.

Police personnel are on “extra alert” on January 8 following mobilisation of students and teachers on the university campus, they said.

11 complaints received

The police have received 11 complaints, including one lodged by a professor in connection with the violence, officials said. The rest were filed by students.

The complaints will be transferred to the Crime Branch, police said.


Deputy Commissioner of Police (Southwest) Devender Arya said the present situation in JNU is under control. “At the request of JNU administration, the police presence will continue,” he said.

Policemen in civil clothes would be inside the JNU campus while personnel in uniform would remain outside the campus, he said.

Police and students out side the JNU campus in New Delhi late on January 5, 2020.

Police and students out side the JNU campus in New Delhi late on January 5, 2020.   | Photo Credit: PTI


Teams of both the Crime Branch and Forensic Science Laboratory have visited the campus to collect evidence. Videos are also being scrutinised, they said.

An appeal has already been made to public to share information and video clips of the incident, police added.


Violence broke out at JNU on the night of January 5 as a group of masked people armed with sticks and rods attacked students and teachers and damaged property on campus, prompting the administration to call in the police.

At least 35 people, including JNU Students’ Union president Aishe Ghosh, were injured in the violence on the university campus.

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