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Delhi riots: DU professor Apoorvanand questioned for 5 hours, phone seized for probe

Written by Mahender Singh Manral
, Aranya Shankar
| New Delhi |

Up to date: August 5, 2020 10:04:13 am


Delhi College professor Apoorvanand (Twitter/@Apoorvanand__)

The Delhi Police Particular Cell questioned Delhi College Professor Apoorvanand for about 5 hours on Monday in reference to the Northeast Delhi riots. The police later seized his telephone.

Apoorvanand was summoned for questioning because the Particular Cell (New Delhi Vary) claimed to have discovered hyperlinks with the scholars’ outfit, Pinjra Tod, and with a WhatsApp group known as the ‘Delhi Protests Help Group (DPSG)’.

A senior police officer instructed The Indian The Press Reporter: “The professor, who teaches Hindi at Delhi College, was summoned on August 1. He was questioned at Lodhi Colony (on Monday), initially by an ACP rank officer after which the DCP (Particular Cell).

He was requested about his affiliation with a WhatsApp group fashioned in December 2019. Now we have not discovered incriminating posts from his aspect, however he was requested about his affiliation with different group members and the way he had met them. He was additionally requested the place he was throughout the Northeast Delhi riots and the violence in and across the Jamia campus in December, and about his affiliation with Pinjra Tod and the Jamia Coordination Committee (JCC).”

Anil Mittal, the Delhi Police Further PRO, confirmed that Apoorvanand had been questioned on the Lodhi Colony workplace “in a case regarding the Northeast Delhi riots”, and that his telephone was taken “as a part of the investigation”.

Sources mentioned 15-20 members of the WhatsApp group have been questioned thus far — most lately former JNU pupil chief Umar Khalid, whose telephone was additionally seized.

Apoorvanand instructed The Indian The Press Reporter that whereas the police have been “courteous” of their questioning, their “narrative” that individuals who supported the anti-CAA protesters have been “one of many primary sources of violence” within the riots was “worrying”.

“The dialog with the police was very courteous. I do respect and respect the best and intent of the police to look into all chances whereas investigating the violence that hit Delhi. The police have each proper to hunt cooperation of any citizen in its pursuit of fact,” he mentioned.

“It’s worrying to see a story getting credence that one of many primary sources of violence have been the individuals who have been supporting the protesters. Protests, even chakka jam, can’t be handled as violence. And violence on them can’t be seen as a response to this,” he mentioned.

He mentioned it “wouldn’t serve the reason for justice if the instigation of violence in opposition to the protesters by highly effective political leaders is ignored”.

“I hope that the main target of the investigation could be on the true perpetrators of the violence which, actually, focused and destroyed the protests and in addition triggered the lack of livelihood and lives of the individuals of Delhi,” he mentioned.

Following the February riots, an FIR was registered on March 6, based mostly on info supplied by an informer to Sub-Inspector Arvind Kumar. As per the FIR, Kumar mentioned the informer instructed him that the violence was a “premeditated conspiracy” and named a number of individuals.

The case was transferred to the Particular Cell, which was tasked with investigating a “bigger conspiracy” behind the riots; the unit has since invoked the stringent UAPA in opposition to a number of individuals.

Nineteen individuals have been arrested by the Particular Cell thus far, together with 15 beneath the UAPA. 4 have gotten bail, whereas 15 are nonetheless in jail. The 15 embrace Pinjra Tod’s Devangana Kalita and Natasha Narwal, who’re additionally a part of the WhatsApp group in query.

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