JNU Students Umar Khalid And Anirban Bhattacharya Surrender To Police

24/02/2016 8:43 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - FEBRUARY 23: JNU Student Umar Khalid at JNU Campus on night of February 23, 2016 in New Delhi, India. Five JNU students Umar Khalid, Anant Prakash Narayan, Ashutosh Kumar, Rama Naga and Anirban Bhattacharya accused of sedition reappeared on the campus on Sunday, having spent 10 days in hiding. The five students are accused of allegedly planning an event on February 9 against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, where anti-national slogans were allegedly shouted. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- Two Jawaharlal Nehru University students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, facing the charge of sedition, surrendered before the police late tonight, hours after the Delhi High Court refused to grant them protection from arrest.

The duo, who returned to the JNU campus last Sunday after having gone missing since February 12, drove from the administrative bloc to the main gate of the university, got into a Delhi Police vehicle and were taken to an undisclosed destination.

Police sources said Khalid and Bhattacharya surrendered at around midnight.

The two have been placed under police custody at South Campus police station. They will be produced before a magistrate tomorrow morning, the sources said.

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 to mark the death anniversary of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru 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.

Earlier, Khalid and Bhattacharya left the JNU campus at around 1150 pm tonight for the surrender.

The university students formed a human chain to prevent the media from following Khalid and Bhattacharya when they were leaving the campus this evening.

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