NEW DELHI: Another Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student of who has been accused sedition has joined the probe over the controversial February 9 event where anti-India slogans were raised.
The student, Ashutosh, is among six students who were wanted by the police over the event that marked the anniversary of the hanging of terrorist Afzal Guru. After being missing since February 12, five of them surfaced on campus on February 21.
The sixth – student’s union president Kanhaiya Kumar – was arrested earlier this month. His security has been increased at Delhi’s Tihar Jail, reportedly after intelligence reports warned that he could be attacked inside the prison. His bail plea will be heard by the High Court on February 29.
Two of the students – Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya – surrendered at the university campus on Tuesday night after their request to surrender at a secret location was rejected by the High Court on Monday.
Ashutosh is likely to be questioned on the event and on the identity of some “outsiders” who allegedly raised anti-national slogans to protest against the hanging of Afzal Guru.
In five-hour overnight questioning, Umar and Anirban were reportedly confronted with inflammatory slogans allegedly raised during the event they have been accused of organizing.
They have reportedly told the police that outsiders raised the anti-India slogans. They were reportedly also shown pictures of the slogan-shouters but haven’t identified them.
Police sources claim Umar Khalid said he conceived the idea of the event while Anirban prepared the publicity material and distributed it.
Their police custody ends today. The Delhi Police is likely to seek an extension from court