New Delhi: Umar Khalid, a former student at Jawaharlal Nehru University, was arrested earlier this year on charges of involvement in the 2020 Delhi riots. Delhi Police arrested him late last night.
The UAPA has already filed a case against Umar, a special cell of the Delhi Police, in another case alleging complicity in the Delhi riots. Police interrogated him for about 12 hours before arresting him yesterday.
Umar Khalid, a member of an organization called United Against Hate, said in a statement that the Delhi Police was trying to cover up the protest in the name of investigating the riots, adding that Umar was another victim.
Prior to Khalid’s arrest, Delhi Police also charged CPM leader Sitaram Yechury and Swaraj Abhiyan chief Jogendra Yadav with rioting in Delhi. Besides, their chargesheet includes the names of JNU economics teacher Jayati Ghosh, another teacher from the same university Apurbananda and documentary maker Rahul Roy.
Police said that they got their names after interrogating three members of a women’s organization called Pinjra Tod. Among them, Debangana Kalita and Natasha Narwal are students of JNU and Gulfisa Fatima was studying at Jamia Millia Islamia University.
Police arrested them on charges of being involved in the Zafarabad riots in Delhi. In the chargesheet, police said Debangana and Natasha not only admitted their involvement in the riots, but also alleged that Jayati Ghosh, Apurbananda and Rahul Roy had incited them.
They told them to intensify the movement against the citizenship law and take any extreme action if necessary.
It is pertinent to note that, More than 50 people were killed and scores injured in riots in north-east Delhi from February 23 to 26. The riots began after weeks of protests against the amended citizenship law and the NRC.