Activist Umar Khalid Sent To Judicial Custody Under UAPA Till October 22

The former JNU student has been arrested under the UAPA in connection to the February riots in north-east Delhi

Raghav N

September 25, 2020

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Former Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Umar Khalid has been arrested yesterday in connection with the Delhi riots that took place in February 2020. Khalid was produced in front of a magistrate at the Karkardooma Court in Delhi and has been sent to judicial remand under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) till 22 October. He was already in the custody of the special cell for interrogation.

The riots that were primarily prevalent in the capital’s north-east region witnessed 53 deaths, two-thirds of which were Muslim casualties. The protests originated in the Jaffrabad area with a sit-in protest by a group of women against the 2019 Citizenship (Amendment) Act, announced by the Narendra Modi government.

Prior to this, the student activist was also involved in a JNU sedition row as he openly opposed the capital punishment meted out to convicted Kashimiri separatists, Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat.

Meanwhile, more than 200 prominent personalities including writers Salman Rushdie and Arundhati Roy and film-maker Mira Nair have signed a petition to free Khalid, calling his arrest a ‘pre-meditated witch hunt’ by the government.

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