Ashutosh Kumar, a student facing sedition charges for allegedly raising “anti-India” slogans on the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus, is likely to be arrested, sources said on Saturday.
Ashutosh Kumar joined the police investigation on Saturday morning, after the investigating agency asked him on Friday night to join the probe at Vasant Vihar police station here, sources said.
Sucheta De, the national president of All India Students’ Association (AISA), an organisation active in JNU, also said Ashutosh has gone to the police station to join the probe.
“Ashutosh, Rama Naga and Anant Prakash Narayan communicated to police a few days ago their intention to join the enquiry, gave their contact number and told the police to call them whenever needed,” said Sucheta De.
She said police called Ashutosh Kumar on Friday night to come to the police station on Saturday morning. “So he has gone today. We were never resisting.”
Other two students, Rama Naga and Anant Kumar, are yet to receive any police summon.
They had earlier written to police that they are ready to join investigation too.
The five of them resurfaced at the campus on Sunday night and a day later, Khalid and Anirban surrendered before police.
The police was looking out for all five of them in connection with the sedition case which led to the arrest of Kanhaiya Kumar on February 12.
Yesterday, the police interrogated Kumar, Khalid and Anirban together for the first time.
With that, the police have identified around 22 persons who were active participants in the controversial February 9 event, police said, adding Ashutosh, Khalid, Anirban and few others are believed to be organisers of the event in which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.
Meanwhile, Kanhaiya Kumar who was arrested earlier this month, has his security beefed up at Delhi Tihar Jail, reportedly after intelligence reports warned that he could be attacked inside the prison. His bail plea will be heard by the High Court on February 29.
Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar, who is in police custody in connection with the sedition case, has claimed that he was beaten in Patiala house court in the presence of police and they did nothing.
Three out of the four reports, submitted to Supreme Court over the repeated violence at Patiala House Court, last week, had said JNUSU president leader Kanhaiya Kumar was not assaulted inside the court room but outside it, on February 17.
Kanhaiya Kumar, however, in a video accessed by CNN-IBN, told the SC team that even after identifying the people who attacked him in the court, the police did not arrest them.
Describing the incident, Kanhaiya said, “I was surrounded by the media at the gate and then the police took me inside the court-room, where the mob wearing clothes of lawyers attacked me. Some people who were beating me called other people shouting he’s arrived. It looked like they were waiting for me. I was almost disrobed while being taken inside the court.”
“Some police who were accompanying me in the court were also attacked. When I pointed at the man who attacked me, the police asked him to show his identity card, but he asked them ‘who are you?’ and then left from there. He could have been easily caught, but the police did nothing.”
(With agencies input)