Two alleged attackers of JNU student leader Umar Khalid, who claimed in a video that they will “surrender” at the residence of Sikh revolutionary Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha in Sarabha village of Ludhiana on Friday noon, did not turn up. The two men, who identified themselves as Sarvesh Shahpur and Naveen Dalal, had said in the video that the attack on Khalid in Delhi was an Independence Day gift from them to the people of the country.
On Friday, teams from Delhi and Ludhiana rural police were all set. At least 30 policemen from Delhi, including a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team, were in Ludhiana. Most of them were in civil clothes and patrolling the roads leading to Sarabha, but till the filing of this report they did not turn up. Police confirmed that the two men, suspected to be from Haryana, did not surrender Friday.
Ludhiana rural SSP Varinder Singh Brar said the force will be kept deployed at the village so that they can nab them if they turn up around midnight. “Some officers from Delhi police have returned and some will stay back.” Meanwhile, several Left-leaning students and labour unions, including Naujawan Bharat Sabha, Tarksheel Society, Komagata Maru Yaadgar Committee, Inquilabi Kender Punjab and Lok Kala Manch Mullanpur squatted outside the martyr’s residence, a heritage property maintained by the state tourism and culture department, and at the village entrance chowk.