Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya surrender, arrested and being questioned


Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhttacharya, who are accused of chanting anti-India slogans surrendered before the Delhi Police on Tuesday night before being arrested.

Police, according to reports, took them to an unknown location for questioning. They are likely to be produced in High Court later today.

Delhi High Court on Tuesday had asked both to surrender even as the Delhi Police Commissioner, BS Bassi, warned the five accused students that all options were open to act against them if they failed to cooperate.

News agency PTI reported that while refusing to grant protection from arrest, the court asked both petitioners to give details of the date, place and time where they will surrender, to the court and that senior police officials will ensure their safety.

The High Court will tomorrow hear the plea of the two students, who are accused in a sedition case along with JNU student union president Kanhaiya Kumar, seeking protection during their surrender to the police.

This came after the HC dismissed a plea seeking immediate arrest of the five JNU students accused of raising anti-national slogans.

At the outset, Justice Manmohan said, “You withdraw this plea and file a fresh writ petition. I am not going to change the nomenclature of this petition.”

The petitioner then agreed to withdraw the petition file a fresh plea as criminal PIL.

Earlier in the day, the division bench had agreed to urgently hear the plea which also sought direction to Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) to allow Delhi Police to enter its premises to arrest the five students – Umar Khalid, Anant Prakash Narayan, Ashutosh Kumar, Rama Naga and Anirban Bhattacharya.

Kamini Jaiswal, appearing Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, sought protection from their arrest till tomorrow but the judge said, “I am simply re-notifying the matter for tomorrow. We are not disposing of the petition. Let it be heard tomorrow.”

Bassi had on Tuesday (23 February) said that his forces will not shy away from action if the five students did not cooperate with the investigation.

“There is no doubt that seditious speeches and slogans were raised in the event concerned. We also know that some involved in it, who went absconding soon after, have now returned.

“At this point, there is no imminent threat to life and property, for which we are working with patience. For every job we do, our tactics are dynamic,” Bassi was quoted by the PTI.

The JNU Students Union leader, Kanhaiaya Kumar was arrested by Delhi Police on 12 February in connection with the same charge.

Kanhaiya, whose bail plea is likely to be heard the High Court today (24 February) had first moved lower court on 15 February but was the court premises had become a scene of mayhem as thugs owing allegiance to BJP assaulted jouralists and students causing considerable law and order situation.

The same group of goons posing as lawyers assaulted Kanhaiya, who was produced before the same Patiala House Court two days later.

The lawyers later confessed to a TV channel having thrashed Kanhaiya for three hours.

One such lawyer, Yashpal, was arrested by Delhi police on Tuesday night.



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