Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, who were accused of sedition, surrendered at midnight.
To avoid media glare, the police drove them around for almost 10 km and were later taken to the police station near the university. According to sources, the two were questioned for five hours before being arrested.
“Umar and Anirban have faith in the judiciary and we hope that they will be released soon,” said JNU Students’ Union vice-president Shehla Rashid.
Prior to their surrender, Delhi High Court had earlier denied their request to surrender at a secret location. Also, the court refused to give them any protection from arrest.
The two students along with JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar have been charged with sedition for allegedly raising anti-India slogans in the campus during an event to protest the hanging of terrorist Afzal Guru.
Kanhaiya Kumar was manhandled at Delhi’s Patiala House court Indiatroday
Further, the Delhi High Court has deferred Kanhaiya’s bail plea hearing till February 29. He was arrested earlier this month and is in Tihar jail for now. Meanwhile, one of the three lawyers, Yashpal Singh, who allegedly attacked students, journalists and teachers at the court hearing, was arrested and released by the police on bail on February 23. It is reported that another lawyer Vikram Singh Chauhan has joined investigation on February 24.