JNU row: Delhi cops interrogate Umar Khalid, Anirban for 5 hours

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 24, 2016 10:08 IST
Umar Khalid as they were leaving to surrender from JNU in New Delhi (Hindustan Times)

Two Jawaharlal Nehru University students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, facing the charge of sedition, surrendered before the police late on Tuesday night, hours after the Delhi High Court refused to grant them protection from arrest.

The duo, who returned to the JNU campus last Sunday after having gone missing since February 12, drove from the administrative bloc to the main gate of the university, got into a Delhi Police vehicle and were taken to an undisclosed destination.

According to ANI, Khalid and Bhattacharya were interrogated for five hours.

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“Before interrogation Police should at least verify authenticity of the video clips, Kamini Jaiswal, Umar’s counsel was quoted as saying by the news agency.

NDTV reported that the police drove around for almost 10 km to avoid the media before taking the students to a police station less than a kilometre from the university. The students reached the police station after 2 am.

Khalid and Bhattacharya are likely to be produced before a magistrate on Wednesday.

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Khalid and Bhattacharya are among the five students who, along with JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar, had allegedly shouted anti-national slogans at an event organized in the university campus to mark the death anniversary of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru on February 9.

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Besides Kumar, Khalid and Bhattacharya, the other students are Rama Naga, Ashutosh Kumar and Anant Prakash.

Delhi Police had issued a look-out notice on February 20 against Khalid, Bhattacharya, Naga, Ashutosh and Prakash. Earlier, Khalid and Bhattacharya left the JNU campus at around 1150 pm tonight for the surrender. The university students formed a human chain to prevent the media from following Khalid and Bhattacharya when they were leaving the campus on Tuesday evening.

A leader of the ultra-Leftist Democratic Students Union (DSU), Banojyotsna Lahiri, said they will return soon. “There is no need for anyone to be sad as the comrades will come back,” she said as DSU members stopped mediapersons from speaking to the Khalid and Bhattacharya.

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