JNU row: Ashutosh likely to be arrested

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New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) 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.

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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.”

Police have already been interrogating JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar as well as two other students of the university Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya.

Kanhaiya Kumar, presently in judicial custody, was arrested on February 12. Both Khalid and Bhattacharya surrendered before police on Tuesday night.

All students, including Ashutosh, Rama Naga and Anant, are facing charges of raising “anti-national” slogans at an event organised on the JNU campus on February 9 to commemorate the execution of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

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