On Sunday, Former JNU Student leader Umar Khalid arrested for his alleged role in the communal violence that took place in North East Delhi under Anti-terror law UAPA over the Citizenship Amendment Act in February, PTI reported.
Umar was called for questioning at Special Cell office on Sunday after which he was formally arrested. His parents have been informed about the development, told an officer to The Hindu.
Khalid will be appearing before a court for a hearing in Delhi on Monday. Unidentified police officials told The Indian Express that they are likely to file a charge-sheet against him in the next few days.
Activist Group ‘United Against Hate’ which Khalid is a part of said in a statement according to NDTV, “The fairy tale narrative that DP [Delhi Police] has been spinning and criminalising protests in the garb of investigating riots, finds yet another victim,”
Notably, Khalid’s name came in the chargesheet submitted by the police against suspended Aam Aadmi Party councillor Tahir Hussain. The chargesheet stated that on January 8, Hussain met Khalid and united against hate co-founder Khalid Saifi at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh during a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act, where “Umar Khalid told him to be prepared for something big/riots at the time of the visit of US President [Donald Trump]”.
However,Khalid once said that he is being framed for the act.“It is an upside down world that we are living in, in which these organisations and individuals that have worked for communal harmony are being implicated.”
Last week he was questioned by Delhi Police for over three hours and later released.
Notably,In February, Clashes broke out between supporters of the Citizenship Amendment Act and those opposing it at North East Delhi. It led to great damage and harmed mankind.