Absconding students back in JNU: Arrest after VC nod

RSTV Bureau
Police personnel maintaing security at the entrance of JNU. Photo- PTI

Police personnel maintaing security at the entrance of JNU.
Photo- PTI

Students who were in the look out of Delhi Police have surfaced in Jawaharlal Nehru University after absconding for days. Returned students are saying that they did not do anything wrong but were “framed” using “doctored video”.

Police officials said they are waiting for the Vice Chancellor  to direct the students to surrender before them.

Five students Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya, Rama Naga, Ashutosh Kumar and Anant Prakash had gone missing from the campus since February 12 after student leader Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested in a sedition case.

The JNU administration has called a meeting of top varsity officials on Monday to discuss the resurfacing of five students on campus.

“We will meet the VC and convey that charges against students should not be so frivolously applied” said Ajay Patnaik teachers Association

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.

Delhi police reached the university’s gates after it received information but did not enter the campus.

“ They should join the probe, If they are innocent, they should present evidence of their innocence” said Delhi CP BS Bassi.

According to Ashutosh, who returned back to university campus, the absconding students were in Delhi only.

“We didn’t do anything wrong but were being framed using doctored video. We will not go anywhere now,” he said.

Another student Umar Khalid denied any terrorist links.

“I am disturbed at the way I have been attacked and I am also angry at the comments posted against my sister on social media,” Khalid said.