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JNU violence: seize phones of WhatsApp groups members, Delhi HC tells police

The court also asked WhatsApp and Google to preserve and provide information related to the violence to the police
Justice Brijesh Sethi further directed the JNU administration to provide at the earliest the CCTV footage of the violence sought by police.

PTI   |   New Delhi   |   Published 14.01.20, 07:34 AM

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday directed the police to seize the phones of the members of two WhatsApp groups, which were allegedly used to coordinate the January 5 violence that took place on the campus of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).

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

Justice Brijesh Sethi further directed the JNU administration to provide at the earliest the CCTV footage of the violence sought by police.

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

On January 5, a mob of masked men stormed the campus and targeted students in three hostels, unleashing mayhem with sticks, stones and iron rods by hitting inmates and breaking windows, furniture and personal belongings.

Three FIRs have been registered at Vasant Kunj (north) police station in connection with the incident.

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