JNU student Umar Khalid arrested in connection with Delhi riots

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New Delhi: The Delhi Police arrested former Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Umar Khalid on Sunday in connection with the riots that broke out in northeast Delhi in February this year.

Umar Khalid, who was booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), was arrested by the Delhi Police’s special cell after 11 hours of questioning.

“My son Umar Khalid has been arrested tonight at 11 p.m. by Special Cell, Delhi Police under UAPA. Police was questioning him since 1 p.m. He has been implicated in Delhi riots,” said Syed Qasim Rasool Ilyas, father of Umar Khalid.

Umar Khalid is also accused of raising anti-India slogans while protesting against the NRC and CAA at several platforms.

Umar Khalid was summoned on Saturday and Sunday. He was arrested after being questioned for around 10 hours and will be produced before a Delhi court on Monday.

Earlier on September 2, Umar Khalid was called by the Crime Branch for questioning in the northeast Delhi riots case. He was let off after the questioning.

The arrest comes hours after Delhi Police issued a statement on Sunday in which it has asked those who have doubts and questions about the northeast Delhi riots probe to take legal course at the appropriate time.

The Delhi Police said that various interest groups are using social media platforms and other online portals to raise questions about the fairness of investigation of the northeast Delhi riot cases.

Earlier, retired IPS officer Julio Ribeiro, who was former Mumbai police commissioner, DGP Gujarat and Punjab, and former Indian Ambassador to Romania, has written to Delhi Police Commissioner S N Shrivastava, questioning the probe into the northeast Delhi riots cases.

Since December, Delhi was brimming with tensions after the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) was passed. A sit-in protest against it started at various parts of the national capital. An agitation also started near Jafrabad metro station in northeast Delhi.

The protests in northeast Delhi turned violent and around 53 people were killed.

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