Two men were detained Sunday for supposedly threatening to assault Jawaharlal Nehru University on Independence Day, in a video uploaded on Facebook, police said. The defamed have been marked as Vikas Sehrawat (30), who can be heard making a threatening statement in the so-called explosive video, and Raja Kumar, both residents of Uttam Nagar, they said.
As per police, Sehrawat was captured earlier for allegedly threatening and abusing senior Delhi Congress leader and ex-MLA Alka Lamba in a video. He told cops that he has been linked with Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) since 2018.
Police, thus, said that they are establishing his testimonials. Sehrawat has no connection with JNU and made the video to seek attention, they said.
Kumar is the proprietor of the phone from which the video on JNU was uploaded, they added. “We received a PCR call from a JNU student on Sunday at 1.51 am at Vasant Kunj (North) police station stating that a video has been uploaded on Facebook page ‘Mahakal Youth Brigade’ accusing that the university would be attacked,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (southwest) Ingit Pratap Singh said.
After getting the PCR call, police officers were posted in plain clothes at all gates. A few other calls were also received in this connection, police said.
The student came to the police station and lodged the complaint. The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) office bearers wrote a similar complaint where they supposed that the video promotes discord and hostility, using explosive language and also openly issuing threats of physical hurt,” the DCP said.
The video on the page was seen and heard and a case filed under Sections 153A (promoting hostility between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth etc.), 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings), 505 (statements conducing to public mischief) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.
Further probe is ongoing, police said.