New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday directed the Delhi Police to summon all the members affiliated to two WhatsApp groups -- Friends of RSS and Unity Against Left -- linked to the violence happened inside the campus of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on January 5.  

The High Court’s order came while responding to the petitions filed by three JNU professors, who were injured in the violence on January 5. the professors in their petition said that the attacks were “premeditated” and “coordinated”, planning for which had been done on various WhatsApp groups.

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Two such groups - Friends of RSS and Unity against Left - were used to mobilise the protesters, the professors said in their petition.

The petition further said that after the violence, highly disturbing videos and screenshots emerged across media and social media, in particular on WhatsApp, that further point to the premeditated nature and conspiratorial nature of the attack.

The Delhi High Court also directed social media giant WhatsApp and Google to preserve the data according to their respective policies.

Replying to court’s orders, the counsel representing WhatsApp said that the American-based messaging app does not save the messages sent through its server and it can only be availed through the members affiliated to the groups. After this argument, the court asked the police to summon all the members of the two WhatsApp groups and seize their phones.

The court had on Monday issued notices to WhatsApp, Google and Apple seeking their responses on the petition filed by the three professors.

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On January 5, some 50 masked assailants entered the JNU campus with iron rods, sticks and sledgehammers and attacked the students and teachers at the Periyar and Sabarmati hostels leaving around 34 injured. 

Posted By: Talib Khan