JNU Row: Umar Requests For Cigarettes, Newspaper, And To be Kept With Kanhaiya

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, who are in police custody on charges of sedition, reportedly asked for newspapers, a pack of cigarettes and to be kept together with JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar.

The three of them are accused for allegedly raising anti-India slogans during an event to protest the hanging of parliament convict Afzal Guru.

According to sources, Khalid admitted that he was a regular smoker and had his last smoke minutes before he surrendered on February 23 midnight. However, his request was denied.


Khalid and Anirban are in police custody. HT

Khalid and Anirban are in police custody.

The sources added:

“Umar and Anirban wanted newspapers along with a pack of cigarettes. They were given copies of a Hindi newspaper. The two were taken to an inspector’s room inside the police station and grilled for the whole day.”

Further, the police was taken by surprise when the duo requested for momos and biryani from a dhaba at JNU. They said they were missing the food.

Denying their request, they were given food from a local eatery near the police station.

It was also revealed that Umar denied having raised slogans against the country but, admitted that he was shouting slogans for Kashmir’s freedom.


Policemen deployed outside R K Puram police station IndianExpress

Policemen deployed outside R K Puram police station

Now, police plans to quiz the three separately and will further compare their answers to ascertain if there is any discrepancy.

“Even though the students claimed that they were not getting any foreign funding, the police will probe their Maoist links. Since they were in touch with GN Saibaba, a Delhi University professor arrested for his alleged Maoist links, we are probing their Maoist connection,” said a police source.


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