JNU Violence: Cops To Seize Phones Of Whatsapp Group Members

JNU Violence: Cops To Seize Phones Of Whatsapp Group Members

New Delhi: The High Court has given instructions to police to seize the mobile phones belonging to members of the Whatsapp group, which they used  to coordinate the mob attack on JNU students and teachers on January 5. The cops have been ordered to summon individuals who are part of either one or both the groups and seize their mobile phones as a part of the investigation of the mob attack in which 34 people got injured. 

The court has also asked Google and Whatsaap to act as per the law and provide all the data, which includes- message, photos etc, sought by the police as a part of their investigation. 

Justice Brijesh Sethi of the High Court also told Dr Pramod Kumar, Registrar of JNU, to cooperate with the cops and provide them with all information requested, after it was told that the university had yet to respond to police notices. 

On Monday, the court issued notice to Apple, Google, Facebook, and Whatsapp after three JNU professors sought preservation of relevant data and information related to the JNU violence. 

Whatsapp told the court that it did not have access to the messages because its contentious end-to-end encryption system meant the messages and data could only be accessed through the mobile phone that sent the information or the ones that received it.

Three professors, named,  Ameet Parameswaran, Shukla Sawant and Atul Sood - had asked for data from two groups 'Unity against Left' and 'Friends of RSS', both of which authorities believe is linked to the mob attack. 

The footage from CCTV from 135 cameras installed across the campus was not immediately available because of a damaged computer server.

Few days ago, Cops stated that they had identified 37 members from the 60 member of 'Unity against Left group' out of which 10 students were not current JNU.

Delhi Police who have been under fire for their conduct during the attack, students of teh university has alleged the cops did nothing in order to stop the violence and have yet to arrest anyone since the violence that happend on January 5. 

On Monday, the cops questioned JNU students who was brutally assaulted in the attack over allegations of destroying the computer server room hours before the mob attack.

Aishe Ghosh is named among the nine suspects who had carried out the violence, the cops said.  

Left students group and the BJP-linked ABVP, both of the groups are under investigation by Delhi Police have accused each other of the violence. 

 

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