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Arrest of Umar Khalid – Witch-Hunting of Anti-CAA Protestors Continues

Ever since the Citizen Amendment Act (CAA) was introduced in the Lok Sabha, massive protests had been observed in various parts of the country. Student activists from different universities came on the streets to protest against the law. One among them was Umar Khalid.

The former Jawaharlal Lal Nehru University student was accused in connection with the North-East Delhi’s communal violence, which took place in February this year.  Khalid was booked under sedition, conspiracy to commit murder, and UAPA for hatching a criminal conspiracy, which led to communal riots in Delhi.

The ex JNU student was again arrested by the Delhi police special cell on late Sunday night due to his alleged involvement in communal riots, which took, place in Delhi.  According to the activist group, United Against Hate, whose member is Umar Khalid, quoted in a statement that, “After 11 hours of interrogation, the Delhi Police Special Cell has arrested Umar Khalid as a conspirator in the Delhi Riots case. The fairy tale narrative that DP (Delhi Police) has been spinning and criminalizing protests in the garb of investigating riots, finds yet another victim.”

On 23 February 2020, Kapil Mishra publicly spoke out in a rally against the anti-CAA protesters, in the presence of the DCP of North East Delhi district, Ved Prakash Surya and hours later swarm of people were seen pelting stones on the streets of Jafarbad.  However, when the 17,000 pages of chargesheet was made, it included only the name of anti – CAA protestors while people like Anurag Thakur and Kapil Mishra were not even mentioned.

According to Khalid’s father “On the night of 13th September, around 11p.m Delhi police special cell arrested Khalid. The police had been questioning him since 1 p.m. He was taken into custody after 10 hours of questioning. He has been implicated in the Delhi riots.”  The crime branch had also interrogated Khalid earlier on 2nd September.

The communal rampage in the capital took lives of many innocent people and left families devastated. From the time, CAA was proposed in Lok Sabha to the time it became an Act, people have been protesting on the streets. One of the iconic protest sights, where thousands of protestors gathered for protesting against the bias and discriminating law, was Shaheen Bagh.

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