Umar Khalid has been sent to judicial custody till 22nd October in connection with his alleged role in the violence of Northeast Delhi in February this year.
Former JNU students’ leader and one of the upfront critics of the Modi government, Umar Khalid has been sent to judicial custody till 22nd October in connection with his alleged role in the violence of Northeast Delhi in February this year. Khalid has been booked under the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act. He has also been charged with sedition and 18 other sections of the Indian Penal Code, including murder, attempt to murder, promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion and rioting.
He was earlier named in a Delhi Riot case chargesheet along with three others including CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury and economist Jayati Ghosh. Umar Khalid was questioned for over 11 hours and later arrested.
On September 2, Umar was questioned by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police in connection with the Delhi riots. Earlier, the police had registered a case against Umar under the Unlawful Activities (Prohibition) Act (UAPA) in another case related to the riots. The Crime Branch of Delhi Police also questioned Umar Khalid in the case of alleged conspiracy behind the riots. His mobile phone was also seized by the police.
Communal riots broke out in north-east Delhi on 24 February following violence between opponents and supporters of the amended Citizenship Act (CAA) in which at least 53 people were killed and around 200 were injured.