New Delhi: Following the dramatic surrender last night by Jawaharlal Nehru University students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, who are facing sedition charges, the former`s counsel has called on the Delhi Police to ensure his safety to avoid any untoward incidents.
“It is the magistrate and the police`s duty to ensure Umar`s security so that what happened with Kanhaiya, does not happen with him,” Khalid`s counsel Kamini Jaiswal told ANI.
She added that before he was interrogated, the police must at least verify the authenticity of the video clips in which Khalid is allegedly seen raising anti-national slogans.
According to sources, a medical check was conducted on both the students in the police station and they were questioned for around five hours.
The students left the University campus late last night and entered a JNU security van in which the cops were waiting for them.The two have been placed under police custody at South Campus police station and are likely to be produced before a magistrate today.
Khalid and Bhattacharya are among the five students who, along with JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, had allegedly shouted anti-national slogans at an event organized in the university campus on February 9.
Besides Kumar, Khalid and Bhattacharya, the other students are Rama Naga, Ashutosh Kumar and Anant Prakash. Delhi Police had issued a look-out notice on February 20 against Khalid, Bhattacharya, Naga, Ashutosh and Prakash.