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JNU: Police, VC to hold talks on Umar Khalid’s arrest

Umar Khalid

The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration has called a meeting of top varsity officials on Monday to discuss the resurfacing of five students on campus who the police were searching for in connection with a sedition case.

Police officials, who are positioned outside the varsity campus since Sunday night after they got inputs about presence of the students on campus, said they will talk to the Vice Chancellor after the meeting and ask him to direct the students to surrender.

JNU Registrar Bhoopender Zutshi said he got to know about the presence of the students on the campus from media reports only and has not heard from any of them so far.

“We are having a meeting this morning in which the issue will be discussed and the future course of action will be decided,” he said.

Zutshi, however, did not comment on whether the varsity officials will interact with the five students before taking a call or not.
Police officials said they are waiting for the VC to direct the students to surrender before them.

“All of them are here to join the movement against branding of the Varsity as a den of anti-nationals.They have not been issued any summons so the question of them surrendering doesn’t arise.If police arrests them they will cooperate with the enquiry,” JNU Students’ Union Vice President Shehla Rashid Shora said.

Five JNU students, including Umar Khalid, who the police have been looking for in connection with a sedition case, on Sunday surfaced on the campus, saying they did not do anything wrong but were “framed” using a “doctored video”.

The students had said that “they will not surrender but police can come and arrest them”.


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