Police look for another JNU student, question Ashutosh Kumar for leads

Kumar was called at about noon and questioned for over eight hours at south Delhi’s R K Puram police station. Police had issued a lookout notice for the three students, a day before Umar and Anirban appeared on campus.

Written by Alok Singh | New Delhi | Published:February 29, 2016 2:22 am
JNU student Ashutosh Kumar (R) who faces charges of sedition at JNU campus in New Delhi on Thursday. (PTI Photo by Kamal Singh) JNU student Ashutosh Kumar (R) who faces charges of sedition at JNU campus in New Delhi. (PTI Photo by Kamal Singh)

The Delhi Police are looking for another JNU student who is reportedly still in hiding, said sources. The student is on the police radar as he is one of the main organisers of the February 9 event on Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, along with Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya.

During the second round of questioning of former JNUSU president Ashutosh Kumar Sunday, police inquired into the possible hideouts of the student. On Saturday, police had questioned Kumar, who has been named in connection with the sedition case, for over 10 hours.

Kumar was called at about noon and questioned for over eight hours at south Delhi’s R K Puram police station. Police had issued a lookout notice for the three students, a day before Umar and Anirban appeared on campus.

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Umar and Anirban were arrested last week after they surfaced on the JNU campus — 10 days after they went into hiding. Their custody was extended for two days on Saturday after they were produced before a makeshift court set up at the police station.

On Saturday, police had questioned Ashutosh about his role in the event. They also showed him some footage and asked him to identify the persons who were standing there and raising anti-India slogans.

Police had registered a case of sedition at Vasant Kunj North police station after they took suo motu cognisance of a video from a news channel, in which a few students were shown raising anti-India slogans.

Sources said four more students, including Ashutosh, are under police radar.

On Thursday, Ashutosh and two other students had written to JNU Vice Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar, saying they were ready to join the probe but would not surrender.

The other two students are likely to join the probe in the coming days, said sources.

Police said investigators are also trying to establish the identity of the outsiders who can be heard raising slogans, with their faces muffled, in the video.

Sources also said the Delhi Police anti-terror unit, special cell, will take charge of the case from Tuesday.

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