Delhi police say foreign funds not used for JNU event

NEW DELHI: The Delhi police said no foreign funding was involved in the February 9 incident on the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus where students allegedly raised anti-national slogans.

Sources said the police came to this conclusion after JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, both charged with sedition in the February 9 event, were interrogated for 12 hours on Wednesday, the Hindustan Times reported.

The duo had surrendered before the police half an hour before midnight on Tuesday.

Police sources said that the two were questioned in two phases and the interrogation was conducted in-camera. Later in the day, a magistrate was called to the RK Puram police station who remanded both the JNU students in police custody for three days.

Officers privy to the investigation told HT that Khalid and Bhattacharya were questioned separately at regular intervals by a team of 10 officers, including two ACPs and three inspectors. While Khalid reportedly cooperated with the police, Bhattacharya remained silent on most of the questions, said sources.

Khalid is learnt to have told police that organising the event to commemorate Afzal Guru’s hanging was his idea. He reportedly said Bhattacharya prepared the posters for the event while Riyaz, another JNU student who is yet to surrender, arranged the sound system and publicised the event on social media. He named one Banjyotsana Lahiri as the coorganiser of the event. His claims are being verified, said police.

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