Umar Khalid arrested again:
Former JNU student Umar Khalid was arrested by the Delhi Police Special Cell on Sunday, under the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for his alleged role in the Delhi riots.
A senior police officer confirmed that Khalid was called for questioning and interrogation at the Special Cell office on Sunday after which he was formally arrested. His parents have been informed about the development.
After being questioned by Delhi police for more than three hours last week, Khalid was released.
In April, Umar Khalid was charged under the UAPA in another case related to violence and was accused of instigating violence by allegedly making provocative speeches.
Khalid refutes charges
Khalid had denied all the charges and allegations made against him that time and had said that he was being falsely implicated.
“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,” he said.
The officer claimed that Khalid was one of the key conspirators of the riots that took place in the city’s northeast in February. His name has also emerged in a riot investigation done by the crime branch.
Khalid was produced before a court in Delhi on Monday. Unidentified police officials had informed the press that they are likely to file a charge sheet against him in the next few days.
Activist group United Against Hate, of which Khalid is a member, said he was arrested as a “conspirator” in the violence. “The fairy tale narrative that DP (Delhi Police) has been spinning and criminalising protests in the garb of investigating riots, finds yet another victim,” the group said in a statement, according to NDTV.
The charge sheet:
Khalid’s name had appeared in the charge sheet 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)”.
Khalid’s arrest came a day after the police named CPI (M) secretary general Sitaram Yechury, economist Jayati Ghosh, Delhi University professor Apoorvanand, Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogendra Yadav and documentary filmmaker Rahul Roy, as people who had “encouraged” the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protestors as part of a plan.
The police’s charge-sheet also annexed two identical “disclosure statements”, in which the Delhi Police claimed that Pinjra Tod activists Devangana Kalita and Natasha Narwal admitted to not just their complicity in the violence, but also named Ghosh, Apoorvanand and Roy as their “mentors”, who asked them to carry on the protests even if it led to violence.
Umar Khalid arrested and Violence followed in Delhi
Clashes had broken out between supporters of the Citizenship Amendment Act and those opposing it in North East Delhi in February, killing 53 people and injuring hundreds. The violence was the worst Delhi saw since the anti-Sikh violence of 1984.