New Delhi: It seems that the fear of five Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students, accused in a sedition case along with Kanhaiya Kumar, that they could get lynched or beaten-up badly during their surrender to the police may come true.
In a sensational development, three lawyers were caught on camera recently bragging and boasting that they had beaten up JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar in police lock-up for three hours at the Patiala House Court complex here.
According to an exclusive sting-operation by India Today, very shocking details have unearthed which states that the Patiala House court scuffle was not a spontaneous one, but a well-planned conspiracy to teach the so called 'anti-national' Kanhaiya Kumar a lesson.
The three lawyers who were allegedly involved in violence at Patiala House Court Complex on February 15 and 17, caught on camera now, has been identified as Vikram Singh Chauhan, Yashpal Singh and Om Sharma.
According to the video, these three lawyers have "bragged and boasted" that next time they will bring petrol bombs and were even ready to go to the jail to beat Kumar in his cell.
During the sting operation, Vikram Singh Chauhan allegedly accepted that they kept on thrashing Kanhaiya till he uttered 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai.'
''Yes, he said 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai.' We made him say it. We bashed him for three hours. He wet his pants. We beat him up so much,'' Chauhan said, as per the sting operation.
Further in the clipping, lawyer Yashpal Singh said, “We will not leave him. We'll beat him up. I will get a petrol bomb. No matter what cases are filed against me. I will not leave him even if I'm charged with murder.''
Moreover, Singh even disclosed that if necessary he will go to the jail where Kumar has been lodged and beat him again.
“I will go to his cell and beat him up. Most probably, I will not give my bail bond. I will go to prison for 1-2 days,” the sting operation quoted him as saying.
He also accepted that they were the persons who thrashed JNU professors and journalists, adding that they were having full police support when the incident took place.
''We beat up journalists. We thrashed JNU professors.. everyone. If you live in the country, you will have to talk about the country. That's all we know,'' he said during the sting operation.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court today agreed to consider a plea seeking contempt action against the three lawyers caught in the sting operation.
Taking note of the revelation, the official twitter handle of INC India critisised Narendra Modi-led government.
सुरक्षा देने वाले लोग ही जब गुंडों का साथ देने लगें, क्या ऐसे ही अच्छे दिन लाने वाले थे आप, मोदी जी? pic.twitter.com/qU5Cd0bI1a
— INC India (@INCIndia) February 23, 2016
Five JNU students who have been charged with sedition and resurfaced back on campus after being on a run for over 10 days today said they have nothing to hide and are open to any questioning by the police.
The students also maintained that they will not appear before the university probe panel as they have lost faith in the varsity administration.
Earlier in the day, a bench of justices BD Ahmed and RK Gauba agreed to grant urgent hearing to the plea of Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, which said that there is a threat to their lives and sought police protection while surrendering.
However, the Delhi high court refrained from giving any specific direction on granting any interim protection from their arrest, with Justice Pratibha Rani saying "let the matter be heard tomorrow."
Khalid and Bhattacharya who were on the campus for the entire day refused to interact with the media saying their lawyers have asked them to refrain from doing so.
Ashutosh, former JNUSU President, who was also among the five students said, "We do not believe in the university's high-level enquiry. They debarred us from academic activities even before giving us a chance to put our version. Now we will not depose before them. We have lost faith in our administration".
Asked about why only Khalid and Anirban have moved a petition and not them, Anant Prakash said, "they were among the organisers of the February event while we were just there to intervene among the two groups. However, the decision to resurface was a collective one".
The five students -- Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya, JNUSU General Secretary Rama Naga, Ashutosh Kumar and Anant Prakash -- had gone missing from the campus since February 12 after JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested on sedition charges for allegedly raising anti-India slogans during a controversial event at the campus.
They resurfaced back on campus on Sunday night.