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Delhi violence: Former JNU student leader Umar Khalid arrested under UAPA

Delhi violence: Former JNU student leader Umar Khalid arrested under UAPA

Former Jawaharlal Nehru University student Umar Khalid was arrested late on Sunday for his alleged role in the large-scale communal violence that broke out in North East Delhi over the Citizenship Amendment Act in February, PTI reported.

The Delhi Police’s Special Cell arrested Khalid under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act after nearly 11 hours of questioning. Khalid has been accused of being one of the main conspirators involved in the violence, a senior unidentified police officer told The Hindu.

Khalid will be produced before a court in Delhi on Monday. Unidentified police officials told The Indian Express that they are likely to file a chargesheet against him in the next few days

Activist group United Against Hate, of which Khalid is a member, said he was arrested as a “conspirator” in the violence. “The fairy tale narrative that DP [Delhi Police] has been spinning and criminalising protests in the garb of investigating riots, finds yet another victim,” the group said in a statement, according to NDTV.

Earlier this month, the Delhi Police’s Crime Branch had questioned the former JNU student.

Khalid’s name had appeared in the chargesheet submitted by the police against suspended Aam Aadmi Party councillor Tahir Hussain. The chargesheet stated that on January 8, Hussain met Khalid and United Against Hate co-founder Khalid Saifi at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh during a...

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