NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday agreed to hear the petition seeking the entry of Delhi Police personnel into the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus and arrest the five students charged with sedition.
All five students Umar Khalid Anant Prakash Narayan, Ashutosh Kumar, Rama Naga and Anirban Bhattacharya, who went missing earlier, are presently in the JNU campus.
The High Court today agreed to an urgent hearing of the plea of the booked students, seeking ample security before they surrender so that no untoward incident happens.
Delhi Police Commissioner Bhim Sain Bassi had yesterday asked the JNU students, who returned to the university campus on Sunday, to join the join probe and present evidence of their innocence.
"I would say if the police is looking for them then they should join the police investigation. And if they are innocent, they should present evidence of their innocence," Bassi told the media here. When asked if the police would enter the JNU campus to arrest the students, the top cop said that his men are competent enough to deal with the situation.
The JNU has turned into a fortress in the wake of the latest developments with the police personnel deployed on duty outside the campus keeping a strict vigil. The booked students, however, have said that they won’t post any resistance if they are arrested by the police.
Rama Naga, one of the booked students’, told ANI, “We won’t do any kind of confrontation if the police comes as there is no evidence against us. We never raised any slogans and the JNU students never cover their faces while raising slogans.”