JNU students Umar, Anirban sent to two days police custody more

New Delhi: Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, facing sedition charges for allegedly raising “anti-India” slogans, were on Saturday sent to a further two days police custody, sources said.

The proceedings were not held in Patiala House Courts complex here due to security concerns, said the sources, adding they were instead held in a south Delhi police station, where a magistrate was called for conducting the remand proceedings.

The two were presented before the magistrate after expiry of their three-day police custody and the magistrate allowed Delhi Police to quiz them for two more days.

Both the students surrendered before police on Tuesday midnight outside a gate of the university.

A case against Khalid and Bhattacharya was registered at Vasant Kunj police station, soon after JNU Student Union president Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested under the same charges on February 12 after the event held on the university campus against the execution of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. He allegedly shouted anti-India slogans at the event.