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Umar Khalid attack: Delhi Police detains two men from Haryana

New Delhi | The Delhi Police Special Cell on Monday detained two people in connection to the assault of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student leader Umar Khalid outside the constitutional club in Delhi.

Confirming the development, a senior police officer said that the two-person named Darvesh Shahpur and Naveen Dalal belonging to Haryana are currently being interrogated to know whether they carried out the attack and the motive behind it. The development has come after video of the two claiming responsibility for the attack had gone viral on social media. They said that the attack was an ‘Independence Day gift’ to the nation and appealed to the police not to ‘harass’ others for the attack.

Khalid who was supposed to attend an event called ‘Khauf Se Azadi’ on 13 August at the Constituional Club of India was attacked by an unidentified man. Khalid who escaped unharmed speaking to the media after the attack said, “There is an atmosphere of fear in the country, and anybody who speaks against the government is threatened,” he said after the attack.”

According to an eyewitness,”There was an event, Umar Khalid accompanied us. We were at a tea stall when a man in white shirt came,pushed&opened fire at him. Khalid lost his balance, fell down&bullet missed him. We tried to catch the man. He fired aerial shots, pistol slipped off his hands, he fled.”

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