Former Jawaharlal Nehru University scholar Umar Khalid has been arrested by the Delhi Police’s particular cell for his alleged position within the riots that broke out in north-east neighbourhoods of the nationwide capital in February this 12 months.
Umar Khalid was earlier charged below the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in one other case associated to the riots. His cell phone has been seized by the police, information company PTI reported.
“After 11 hours of interrogation, the Delhi Police Special Cell has arrested Umar Khalid as a conspirator in the Delhi Riots case. The fairy tale narrative that DP (Delhi Police) has been spinning and criminalising protests in the garb of investigating riots, finds yet another victim,” United Against Hate, an activist group whose member is Umar Khalid, mentioned in a press release on Sunday.
Violence in elements of north-east Delhi from February 23 to 26 – after weeks of protests in opposition to the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the National Register of Citizens – had left over 50 lifeless and tons of injured, many with gunshot wounds.
Umar Khalid’s arrest comes amid a political row over CPI(M) chief Sitaram Yechury and Swaraj Abhiyan chief Yogendra Yadav being named in a disclosure assertion of an accused within the Delhi riots.
The disclosure assertion within the Delhi Police’s supplementary chargesheet additionally names economist Jayati Ghosh, Delhi University professor Apoorvanand and documentary filmmaker Rahul Roy.
Jawaharlal Nehru University college students Devangana Kalita and Natasha Narwal and Jamia Millia Islamia University scholar Gulfisha Fathima are accused in a case linked to the violence in Delhi’s Jaffrabad, from the place it unfold to different elements of north-east Delhi in February. All the three additionally face fees below the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. The disclosure assertion is linked to the fees in opposition to them.
Umar Khalid was questioned final month too in reference to an alleged conspiracy behind the violence within the north-eastern elements of Delhi.
Among the fees, he had allegedly given provocative speeches at two completely different locations and appealed to individuals to return out on the streets and block roads in the course of the go to of US President Donald Trump.