New Delhi, Feb 24: Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya arrested in connection with the JNU row have told the police that while they had a hand in organising the Afzal Guru event, the anti national slogans were raised by outsiders.
The duo who surrendered before the Delhi Police late last night have been questioned for a little over five hours now. They are likely to be produced before the court today where their custody would sought.
The investigators have been told by Khalid that the issue relating to Afzal Guru is close to his heart. Sources tell OneIndia that during the questioning Khalid said that the event became a big issue because it was publicised on the social media.
While the idea of hosting such an event was conceived by Khalid, it was Bhattacharya who was in charge of the publicity material the police were also told.
Did not raise anti India slogans:
Both Khalid and Bhattacharya were confronted by the Delhi police about the raising of anti national slogans. Both maintained all through the questioning that it was not them and neither were they aware of who did it.
They said it could be the job of some outsiders as none associated with the event raised anti-India slogans they said.
The police even showed them photographs of the event and the people gathered there. However both denied knowing any of these persons while stating that they were outsiders.
Khalid on being asked why the programme was held despite the university not granting permission said that the issue was close to his heart.
Delhi police sources say that there are still some persons who are under their radar and one such person goes by the name Riyaz.
We are in the process of identifying this person and nabbing him since investigation details show that he was part of the group that raised the slogans against India.