Former Jawaharlal Nehru University student Umar Khalid was arrested late on Sunday for his alleged role in the large-scale communal violence that broke out in North East Delhi over the Citizenship Amendment Act in February, PTI reported.
India – The Delhi Police’s Special Cell arrested Khalid under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act after nearly 11 hours of questioning. Khalid has been accused of being one of the main conspirators involved in the violence, a senior unidentified police officer told The Hindu.
Khalid will be produced before a court in Delhi on Monday. Unidentified police officials told The Indian Express that they are likely to file a chargesheet against him in the next few days
Activist group United Against Hate, of which Khalid is a member, said he was arrested as a “conspirator” in the violence. “The fairy tale narrative that DP [Delhi Police] has been spinning and criminalising protests in the garb of investigating riots, finds yet another victim,” the group said in a statement, according to NDTV.
Who Is Umar Khalid ?
Umar Khalid born 11 August 1987 in Jamia Nagar, New DelhiIndia.
He is a human rights activist, former student & member of Jawaharlal Nehru University. Umar Khalid was a former Democratic Students’ Union (DSU) leader in JNU.
He was involved in the Jawaharlal Nehru University sedition row for protesting against the capital punishment meted out to convicted Kashimiri separatists Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat.
Activists launched the hashtag #StandWithUmarKhalid in order to support him and demand his release, because he is innocent from the viewpoint of the tweeters, who do not trust police reports.