Did Delhi Police Arrest Shehla Rashid for Speaking Against BJP?
A video on social media falsely claimed that political activist Shehla Rashid was allegedly arrested for raising her voice against the BJP government.
A video on social media falsely claimed that political activist Shehla Rashid was allegedly arrested for raising her voice against the BJP government.(Photo: Altered by The Quint)

Did Delhi Police Arrest Shehla Rashid for Speaking Against BJP?

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CLAIM

A video is circulating on social media with the claim that Delhi Police arrested Shehla Rashid, JNU student activist and Jammu and Kashmir People's Movement leader. The claim further alleges that she was arrested for raising her voice against ‘repression and brutal practices of BJP government in Kashmir.’

The claim along with the video reads: ‘Dehli Police arrested Kashmiri leader and Former JNU president Shehla Rashid. Shehla Rashid, and gen sect Jammu Kashmir People's Movement arrested for speaking up against repression and brutal practices of BJP government in Kashmir. (sic)

The video shared by Jammu Kashmir TV was viewed over 10,000 times at the time this article was written.

TRUE OR FALSE?

While the video has not been edited in any manner, it is old and not related to ‘repression and brutal practices of BJP government in Kashmir,’ as claimed. JNU students were actually protesting outside the Home Ministry in 2016 over the missing case of JNU student Najeeb Ahmed.

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WHAT WE FOUND OUT

We did a YouTube search using keywords ‘shehla rashid police’ and found a video uploaded by The Indian Express on 21 October 2016. The video is titled as ‘JNU Students Protesting Outside Home Ministry, Detained By Police.’

In the video, Shehla can be heard saying, “Aap Najeeb ko dhoond ke laaiye Sir (Find Najeeb and get him Sir)”

A group of JNU students protested outside the Home Ministry on 21 October 2016 for Najeeb Ahmed, student of Biotechnology, who allegedly went missing on 15 October 2016 after a scuffle that happened the previous night on the campus, The New Indian Express reported. The students protested as the authorities had not been able to find him. As per the police officials, about 80-100 students were detained as a precautionary step, the report added.

The Central Bureau of Investigation closed its investigation into the case of the missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmad as the agency's efforts to trace him yielded no results, officials told PTI on 15 October 2018.

While taking permission of the Delhi High Court to close the case, the agency which began their probe in May 2017 had said all aspects were looked into but it could not find any trace of an offence.

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