Jawaharlal Nehru University students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, who are facing charges of sedition, surrendered before the Delhi Police late on Tuesday night after the Delhi High Court directed them to give themselves in earlier in the day.
The two left the campus in a university vehicle escorted by guards around 11:45 p.m. and were take into custody by a police team waiting outside one of the exit gates of the varsity.
Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Deepak Mishra confirmed the arrest.
Yesterday, Umar and Anirban moved the High Court seeking protection in order to surrender but the court, while directing the students to surrender, adjourned the hearing for protection till Wednesday.
The Delhi high court on Tuesday made it clear to the JNU students, accused in the sedition case, that it cannot allow them to surrender in the manner they wished as it would amount to going by their "whims and fancies".
"There are procedures under the statute which have to be followed," Justice Pratibha Rani said while expressing her disagreement with the plea of JNU students — Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya — that they be given a safe passage and be allowed to choose the place of their surrender.
The five students — Ashutosh Kumar, Anant Prakash, Rama Naga, besides Umar and Anirban – are wanted by the police in a sedition case.