JNU row: Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya surrender, to be produced before court today
JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, facing the charge of sedition for allegedly raising "anti-India" slogans, surrendered before Delhi Police late Tuesday night.
New Delhi: Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, facing the charge of sedition for allegedly raising "anti-India" slogans, surrendered before Delhi Police late Tuesday night.
Khalid and Bhattacharya surrendered to police at around midnight and were placed in police custody at South Campus police station.
The duo who returned to the JNU campus last Sunday after having gone missing since February 12 are expected to be produced before a magistrate today morning.
Shehla Rashid, vice president of JNU Students Union (JNUSU) said, "Comrade Umar and Comrade Anirban have surrendered themselves to police. It's a moment of sadness for the campus because we have seen these activists for years standing with the students."
They surrendered after, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday made it clear to the JNU students, that it cannot allow them to surrender in the manner they wished as it would amount to going by their "whims and fancies".
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.
Besides Kumar, Khalid and Bhattacharya, the other students are Rama Naga, Ashutosh Kumar and Anant Prakash.
JNU has been on the boil over the arrest of its students' union president Kanhaiya Kumar on sedition charges after some students organised a meet to mark the anniversaries of executions of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front co-founder Maqbool Bhat. Anti-India slogans were raised at the gathering.