A Jamia Millia Islamia University PhD scholar was detained and questioned on Sunday by the police in the sedition case registered in connection with the February 9 event at JNU.
Jamia’s PhD scholar Kamran, resident of south Delhi’s Munirka, was questioned for over six hours at the Vasant Vihar police station after police asked him to join investigation, police sources said. Police suspect Kamran was present at JNU during the event as well.
Sadiq Naqvi, a reporter with a news portal, who was detained from Bijnor on Friday and questioned on Saturday, was questioned again on Sunday. Like Naqvi, Kamran is also a close friend of JNU student Umar Khalid, who reportedly organised the event. Naqvi allegedly was in the same college where Khalid studied earlier and was in constant touch with him.
The police have learnt that some students who participated in the JNU event were from other universities and colleges in Delhi and other states such as Uttar Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. Sources in police said that a group of students of Jamia Millia Islamia has written to the university administration to inform that some youths who were seen in the video footage, participating in the pro-Afzal Guru demonstrations at the JNU, were from their varsity.
“We have not received any communication from police in this regard,” said Mukesh Ranjan, university spokesperson, when asked about the detained Jamia student. He also said that contrary to some reports, the university has not received any letter or communication from students claiming that a few of the students spotted in a video are from their university and the administration should help identify them.
Police sources said Kamran was detained and quizzed after investigators learnt that he was allegedly in touch with Khalid before and after the controversial event. A senior investigator went on to say that locations of both Kamran and Naqvi were at the same places outside Delhi where locations of Khalid and a few other suspects were traced last.
“We questioned Kamran and Naqvi to ascertain if they had any information about the whereabouts of the absconding suspects,” said a senior investigator.