March 15: A Delhi court has extended Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya’s judicial custody for 14 more days. Khalid and Bhattacharya are facing sedition charges. Khalid and Bhattacharya had moved the High Court last week seeking protection in order to surrender but the court, while directing the students to surrender, adjourned the hearing for protection.
Meanwhile, taking a step forward in their agitation JNU students will march to Parliament demanding release of Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya and SAR Geelani who are jail in a sedition case. Students union president Kanhaiya Kumar who was released on bail on March 3, is also likely to participate in the march which will start from Mandi House at 2.00 pm.
The third in the series of “People’s march to save democracy” will be in solidarity with the trio who are facing sedition charges in connection with separate events against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised. “Similar protests will be in held in Bangalore and Hyderabad where universities have come out in our support condemning the witch-hunt of students,” Shehla Rashid Shora, Vice President of JNU Students Union said.