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JNU: Miscreants were told how to identify targets in the dark

The miscreants were given codes to identify students, as the dark in which they planned to operate worked to their disadvantage as well

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The Delhi Police Crime Branch has begun identifying the conspirators behind the vandalism of a hostel in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and uncovering their plot. According to sources in the university, the ABVP and left-wing student unions on the campus have had major differences over some issues for the past two or three days, which aggravated when some left-wing students damaged the registration server. There was a fight between some students last evening at the Sabarmati Hostel. At about 4 AM at the Periyar Hostel, the situation worsened with the act of vandalism by 50 odd masked people.

About 10 policemen were present on the premises in plain uniform. The miscreants had a scuffle with the cops. The matter was reported through a PCR call.

According to sources, some WhatsApp groups were formed after the evening fracas where the miscreants plotted their ‘revenge’. Then came the masked people from outside. They were given a code word, through which they could identify whom to hit and whom to spare. At around 6 AM when it was still dark, the masked mob attacked with sticks.

The police were allowed inside with the permission of the vice-chancellor not before 7 AM. But the miscreants had by then run away. Some JNU students are said to be involved in the attackers. Most are outsiders. There is no CCTV camera installed at the spot of violence. However, some attackers have been identified, police say.

Soon after the investigation of the JNU incident was handed over to the Crime Branch, the probe began. According to official sources, the investigation team of the Crime Branch is divided into three groups, with every police officer entrusted with a different task. A unit is present at the JNU campus, which has arrived to collect footage of CCTV cameras installed inside. This will be important evidence in the investigation of the vandalism. The second unit is engaged in a search of the accused who have been identified. The third unit is looking for those who provoked and gathered students by posting videos of violence in the Whatsapp group.

The most important is the identity of the masked people. While the police are tight-lipped about the progress of their probe, after the arrest of some of the suspects, the cops may share with the press the result of their investigation.

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