Umar Khalid sent into 10-day police custody under Delhi Riot allegations
Former JNU Student Leader Umar Khalid into 10-day police custody after his arrest under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA)
On Monday, a Delhi court sent former JNU Student Leader Umar Khalid into 10-day police custody after his arrest under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), an anti-terror law, where he will have to be confronted by 11 lakh pages of data. Khalid's arrest was on the basis of suspicion for having a role behind the February riots in Delhi. The now infamous riots triggered clashes between supporters of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the ones who opposed it.
Many activists, academicians, politicians and people with leftist inclinations have come on to support Khalid on different platforms saying that the act of his detention on remand is what is unlawful. Khalid’s father, Sayed Qasim Rasool Ilyas, also has come up to support his son and has been supporting him via tweets and by speaking to many media houses.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, Ilyas accused the Delhi police of targeting those who participated in the protests against the CAA and NRC. “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,” he said to the press.
While Khalid’s lawyer, Trideep Pais, told the court during the virtual hearing that Khalid is firmly against the CAA and without any hesitance, the lawyer did state that the police have to clarify their allegations saying that his speeches have instigated the riots and that he asked people to join the protests, and asked the prosecutors to clarify where he gave those speeches and to prove that Khalid actually asked people to come.
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