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Delhi Police sought 10-day police custody of former student leader at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Umar Khalid on Monday under anti-terror law – Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). Khalid was produced before the Karkardooma district court via video conferencing a day after he was arrested for his alleged role in the conspiracy behind Delhi riots in February. The riots had left 53 people dead and close to 400 injured.
Khalid’s father Sayed Qasim Rasool Ilyas accused Delhi Police of targeting the ones who were a part of the CAA-NRC protests prior to the riots. HT quoted Khalid’s father by saying, “This is nothing but an attempt to corner the activists and silence the voices of those who dissent against the government. The Delhi police have been trying to weave a false story by naming few people who participated in the anti-CAA-NRC protests, including Umar, as the ‘masterminds’ behind the north-east [Delhi] violence. However, everyone knows who was actually behind the riots.”
Apart from Khalid, Delhi Police also arrested Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Councillor Tahir Hussain, Jamia student Meeran Haider, Jamia Coordination Committee’s Safoora Zargar, and Pinjra Tod activists Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita under UAPA on charges of allegedly planning and executing the riots.