Missing JNU students return to campus

NEW DELHI: Two days after the Delhi Police issued a lookout notice for five absconding students, who have been named in a sedition case for allegedly shouting anti-national slogans in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), the students returned to the campus on Sunday evening.

The five students say they fear mob lynching and not the Delhi Police. Photo: ANI

According to sources in the university, the students — Umar Khalid, Rama Naga, Ashutosh Kumar, Anant Prakash and Anirban Bhattacharya — came back with the intention to surrender before the police.

Immediately upon getting the news on the five students, a police team was sent to the campus to get an official confirmation about the developments from the university authorities. Sources said the five students will be arrested soon.

‘Fear mob lynching, not police’

The five students said they went into hiding fearing mob lynching and not the Delhi Police.

“We were laying low and did not come to public life because we feared mob lynching and not police,” Rama Naga, general secretary of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU), said.

Earlier, Khalid, addressing students in front of the admin bloc of the JNU, said he was “not a terrorist”, adding the BJP government “needed an excuse to target the campus”.

Cops go after scribes

The police seemed to have shifted focus on to journalists who had reported the incident at the university. Throughout Sunday, police teams went about calling journalists or going to their residence to question them. Most of these journalists, which include women, report on education or crime and have been covering the episode.

Police obtained a list of these journalists after examining call records of Umar Khalid and the others. According to police sources, the South district’s Special Task Force (STF) are trying to contact the journalists. More…

JNU meeting

The JNU administration has called a meeting of top varsity officials today to discuss the resurfacing of five students on campus. Police officials, who are positioned outside the varsity campus since last 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.

“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.

(With inputs from agencies)