Delhi Riots: Court Sends Former JNU Student Umar Khalid To 10-Day Police Custody

New Delhi: The Delhi police on Monday has sought 10-day custody for activist Umar Khalid when he was produced before the Karkardooma court through video-conferencing after getting arrested under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

Special Public Prosecutor Amit Prasad had said to the additional sessions judge Amitabh Rawat at the Karkardooma district court that the activist has to be confronted with a huge number of documentary evidence.

The police said that Khalid met and jailed Aam Aadmi Party’s councillor Tahir Hussain and activist Khalid Saifi during Shaheen Bagh protests and alleged that they planned the riots.

In the last two months, he had been questioned twice for his alleged role. The police have also linked Khalid’s speeches to the riots.

Khalid’s lawyer Trideep Pais, said to the court through a video-conference that the police have to define and show the proof that his client asked and provoked people to come and protest.

The JNU student’s father Sayed Qasim Rasool Ilyas, has alleged the Delhi police for targeting the ones who participated in the protests against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC).

Ilyas said, “This is nothing but an attempt to corner the activists and silence the voices of those who dissent against the government. The Delhi police have been trying to weave a false story by naming few people who participated in the anti-CAA-NRC protests, including Umar, as the ‘masterminds’ behind the north-east [Delhi] violence. However, everyone knows who was actually behind the riots,” was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.

The new law of CAA was enacted in December to fast-track the citizenship process for the non-Muslims, who have entered India from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Bangladesh before December 31, 2014. After which, a large number of protests happened across the country.

The ones who were against the law argued that it is discriminatory and unconstitutional as it leaves out the Muslims and has been linked faith with citizenship in a secular country. They also said that it will lead to the detention of the Muslim population who will be unable to provide the documents.

The police also arrested other activists – Hussain, Jamia student Meeran Haider, Jamia Coordination Committee’s Safoora Zargar.

Other members of activists of a group called ‘Pinjra Tod‘- Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita have also been arrested under UAPA for planning and executing the riots in the north-east Delhi.

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