All of this was done on flimsy grounds; there is no evidence to show that Vinod picked up the phone or is in possession of it now. Even if someone is found guilty of such acts, nobody, including the ‘all powerfull’ guardian Mr. Cheema, has no authority to assault anyone. In the present case, he has no evidence or witness to implicate Vinod. He just happened to be collecting garbage in the area when the phone was lost. Even the lady who lost the phone was only mildly suspicious and was not sure of where she lost her phone. In any case, the grounds for suspicion against Vinod are extremely weak.
Based on the description of events by Vinod as well the lady who lost the phone, it seems quite clear that Vinod is innocent. She requested G4 only to enquire whether he saw the phone or not. She specifically asked the G4 guards not to beat up Vinod or take any money from him. Despite this, Vinod was brutally assaulted and Rs.5000 was taken from his supervisor. The money has not reached the owner of the phone and she has clearly stated that she has never asked for and will not take the money. It is just another case of victimizing the economically and socially weaker section of the society for ‘crimes’ which they have never committed. If we let go of such serious criminal acts, ironically by the same authorities responsible for providing ‘security’ in the campus, we will only make JNU even more unsafe for the marginalized sections.
We demand immediate suspension of Cheema, the JNU Chief Security Officer, pending an independent inquiry to the whole matter. The Rs.5000 extorted from Vinod must also be immediately given back to him along with a compensation for the physical and mental torture
he was made to undergo. The JNUSUGen. Sec. has been
informed about the incident. We ask the JNUSU should
take up this issue with the administration immediately
and ensure that neither Vinod, nor any worker in the
campus be further victimized.