Umar Khalid, Sharjeel Imam Charged Under UAPA For Larger Role In Delhi Riots

Khalid, a JNU student activist along with JNU student Sharjeel had started a Whatsapp group back in 2019-end to plan the future Delhi riots, anti-CAA Shaheen Bagh and Jantar Mantar protests

Raghav N

November 25, 2020

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A supplementary charge-sheet was filed by the Delhi police on Sunday against JNU student activist Umar Khalid and JNU student Sharjeel Imam. They have been booked for their alleged role in the larger conspiracy during the Delhi riots in the north-eastern part of the capital in February 2020.

The Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) has been imposed on Khaild, Imam and one Faizan Khan for criminal conspiracy, murder, rioting, sedition, unlawful assembly and promoting religion and caste-based enmity in the 930-page document.

According to sources, both the college activists had started a WhatsApp group by the name of ‘Muslim students Of JNU’ in December 2019 to plan out future agitations against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in Shaheen Bagh and incite communal violence in the minds of a certain community through violence in some pockets of the city.

As per police sources, the duo had extensively used their social media channels for large scale indoctrination and mobilisation of youths for blocking and congesting roads as a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB).

Sharjeel is also believed to be the mastermind of the Shaheen Bagh protests, a location which became the primary and most tense spot of demonstration in December 2019 and January 2020.

The current offences could even invite a death penalty for the perpetrators. While Umar Khalid and Sharjeel Imam are in jail, Faizan Khan was granted bail.

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