JNU issue: Two students surrender to Delhi police

New Delhi: A lot of news and updates have been popping up over the past few days with regards to the incident at JNU. However according to the latest reports received, two students from JNU Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya have been arrested by the Delhi police. According to media reports, the two students had surrendered to the police on the late hours of Tuesday.

In an effort to avoid the media, the police drove around almost 10 km and later came to the South Campus police station, where the two were held before being produced to the court. The students who were accompanied by their lawyers were taken out of JNU before the arrest was made. The duo was sent in for a medical examination, which was followed by a five hour long interrogation.

As per reports, the two are expected to be produced at the magistrate court today. A look out notice was initially sent out on 20th February in search of Bhattacharya, Khalid and three other students. The duo that had been missing since 12th February have finally come out and surrendered.

As the two students were being taken out by the police in their vehicle, the rest of the students at JNU formed a human chain and stood near the gates. This was done with a purpose to prevent the media from getting to the two students.

Shehla Rashid, who is the Students Union Vice President of JNU, told the media that both Umar and Anirban have faith in the judiciary system.

The students have been charged with sedition, after they organized an event within the campus to mark the hanging of terrorist Afzal Guru. The students were also charged of sloganeering anti-national slogans during the event.

Source: TOI

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Umar Khalid moves to Delhi HC seeking protection

On Tuesday, the Delhi High Court agreed to hear the plea of five Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students who were accused of sedition. The students filed a petition for an urgent hearing seeking security before they surrender themselves to the police to avoid any further troublesome incident.
The five students in question, Umar Khalid, Anant Prakash Narayan, Ashutosh Kumar, Rama Naga and Anirban Bhattacharya who are accused of sedition have returned to the University campus on Sunday night.

“I would say if the police are looking for them then they should join the police investigation. And if they are innocent, they should present evidence of their innocence,” said the Delhi Police Commissioner, Bhim Saini Bassi.

 

However, the Delhi Police Commissioner has asked the students to help the authorities in the joint probe and prove their innocence during the trial. The students who have been charged under the sedition have said that they won’t resist the police if they are arrested.

 

The JNU campus has been constantly under the vigil of the police personnel who are deployed on duty 24-hours. Bassi also added that if there is a need to enter the campus again, his men are capable enough to deal with the situation.

Rama Naga, one of the student who has been booked under the sedition case has told ANI that, “We won’t do any kind of confrontation if the police come as there is no evidence against us. We never raised any slogans and the JNU students never cover their faces while raising slogans.”

Sources:

ANI