India, New Delhi: Yesterday, a team from the Delhi Police’s Special Cell, visited the university campus and seized the laptops of two of its students: Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, which is probing the JNU sedition case. Khalid and Bhattacharya were arrested in Feb on charges of sedition, over an event that took place on campus on Feb 9, during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.
The Delhi Police had handed over the case to the Special Cell, an elite unit that usually investigates cases of terror. The Special Cell officials Yesterday visited the rooms of Khalid and Bhattacharya, in Tapti and Brahmaputra hostels, respectively, from where they seized their laptops as well as some documents, said sources. Special Cell investigators are also trying to ascertain the identity of outsiders who allegedly raised anti-India slogans during the event, said sources. Khalid and Bhattacharya are currently under judicial custody and lodged in Tihar jail.
According to sources, police may again seek their custody to question them further. In the initial round of questioning, the names of some Kashmiri youth had come up, said sources. They added that though a team from the south district police had visited Kashmir, they had failed to find these men. The Special Cell has also sought help from the government’s intelligence unit to track down these men, said sources.