Delhi HC asks cops to seize WhatsApp group members\' phone linked to JNU attack

The Delhi High Court also asked WhatsApp and Google to preserve and provide information related to the JNU violence to police.

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked WhatsApp and Google to preserve and provide to the police all information related to the attack on students of Jawaharlal Nehru University onJanuary 5.

The court also asked the police to seize at the earliest the mobile phones of members of two WhatsApp groups on which the attack was allegedly coordinated.

Justice Brijesh Sethi directed the JNU administration to provide to the police CCTV footage of the incidents at the earliest.

The court's observations came on a plea filed by JNU professors Ameet Parameswaran, Atul Sood and Shukla Vinayak Sawant seeking a directive to the Delhi police commissioner and Delhi government.

The students were attacked on campus by dozens of masked men armed with sticks, stones and iron rods.

Three first information reports (FIRs) have been registered on the incident at the Vasant Kunj (north) police station n Delhi.OThe Delhi Police's Crime Branch, which is probing the JNU case, is to question on Tuesday two suspects, Sucheta Taluqdar and Priya Ranjan, and some of the injured students and professors, especially those who made calls to police control rooms on the day of the violence.

Three students, including JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh, were questioned on Monday.

Ghosh, Talukdar, Ranjan, Dolan Samanta, Vhaskar Vijay Mech, Chunchun Kumar (a JNU alumnus) and Pankaj Mishra have been named as suspects.

The officials said a Forensic Science Laboratory team (cyber) will visit the campus to collect evidence.

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