new Delhi: A Delhi court on Monday arrested Umar Khalid, an alumnus of Jawaharlal Nehru University under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), in a case related to the communal riots in North East Delhi in February. Sent to police custody. Khalid was presented before Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat through video conference. The police sought his custody for ten days, saying that he needed to be confronted with a lot of data. Also Read – Umar Khalid Arrested: JNU alumnus Umar Khalid arrested in connection with Delhi Riots
Khalid was arrested in this case on Sunday night. His lawyer opposed police custody, saying that he was not in Delhi during February 23–26, when the riot took place. In its FIR, the police claimed that the communal violence was a “well-planned conspiracy” allegedly by Khalid and two others. Khalid has also been booked for sedition, murder, attempt to murder, disharmony and rioting among various communities on the basis of religion. Also Read – Police used fraud to cheat with credit card on the pretext of giving a gift in lieu of reward points
The FIR alleged that Khalid made alleged inflammatory speeches at two places and appealed to citizens to block roads during the visit of US President Donald Trump to convey the message internationally that minorities are being tortured in India is. The FIR claimed that firearms, petrol bombs, acid bottles and stones were collected in various houses. Also Read – Delhi riot: Yechury, Yogendra Yadav’s name recorded in police charge sheet as co-conspirators, accused of inciting protesters
Police alleged that co-accused Danish was entrusted with the alleged responsibility of gathering people for the riots at two places. According to the FIR, on 23 February, the roads near Jafrabad metro station were blocked by women and children to create tension in the area. A communal riot broke out in North East Delhi on 24 February following violence between supporters and opponents of the amended citizenship law in which 53 people were killed and around 200 injured.