Why Has Umar Khalid, A Former JNU Student Been Arrested By Delhi Police?
Khalid has been booked under the stringent UAPA, making bail difficult for him.
After 8 hours of marathon grilling, the Delhi Police arrested Umar Khalid on Monday in connection with the North East Delhi riots that took place in February this year. A former student of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Umar was arrested under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). He is accused of inciting violence prior to the riots. The Delhi police claims to have gathered enough evidence to create a charge sheet against him soon.
Khalid is a human rights activist who studied history at the Kirori Mal College of the Delhi University and later did his Masters and M.Phil in History at the JNU. In 2016, he was arrested for holding a protest in the university campus against the capital punishment meted out to the 2001 Indian Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and Kashmiri separatist Maqbool Bhat. In 2018, he was booked by the Maharashtra Police for the Bhima Koregaon violence that was followed by the Elgaar Parishad rally he attended. In August 2018, Khalid narrowly escaped an assassination attempt.
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