In a shocking revelation by former ABVP members, the office bearers of student wing have claimed that it wasn’t Kanhaiya Kumar or Umar Khalid who raised ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans.
Former vice-president of JNU’s ABVP Jatin Goraiya and former joint secretary Pradeep Narwal, in a press conference here in Delhi, have claimed that students who present in the video shown by the news channels did not belong to the Umar Khalid or Kanhaiya Kumar’s group, rather they were Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad’s member and sympathizer.
One of the former ABVP member said, “You watch the videos broadcast by Zee News on its DNA programme. There are four videos there. You should watch the fourth video, which was found to be authentic in the lab. Perhaps Zee News doesn’t know that all those standing in the video and chanting Pakistan Zindabad slogans are ABVP members.”
Both, Goraiya and Narwal have claimed that it was a stunt by the ABVP, to raise anti-India slogans and take the attention of the national media away from the coverage of suicide of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula of University of Hyderabad.
Narwal said, as quoted by The Indian Express, “At the time, I remember Jatin and I, since we were Dalits, were told repeatedly to appear for TV interviews and defend ABVP after Vemula’s suicide, which we refused to do since they kept referring to him as a terrorist. With the February 9 event, they saw an opportunity to divert attention.”
It would be interesting to see how the case unfolds as now the Delhi Police has also filed it 1200 pages chargesheet in the Patiala House Court, which will hear the matter on January 19.