Friday 30 October 2020

Umar Khalid sent to judicial custody till 22 October in UAPA case

Umar Khalid was present before Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat through video conferencing at the end of his police custody

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A Delhi court today sent former JNU student activist Umar Khalid, arrested under the stringent anti-terror law, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, in a case related to the communal riots in north-east Delhi in February, to judicial custody till 22 October.

Umar Khalid was present before Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat through video conferencing at the end of his police custody.

Police had arrested Umar Khalid on 13 September in the case. Police did not seeks his further custody.

In the FIR, police said that the communal violence was a “premeditated conspiracy” which was allegedly hatched by Khalid and two others. The police booked Umar Khalid for the offences of sedition, murder, attempt to murder, promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion and rioting.

Umar Khalid had allegedly given provocative speeches at two different places and appealed to the citizens to come out on streets and block the roads during the visit of US President Donald Trump to spread propaganda at international level about how minorities in India are being tortured, the FIR alleged.

In this conspiracy, firearms, petrol bombs, acid bottles and stones were collected at numerous homes, FIR claimed.

The riots masterminds had allegedly given co-accused Danish the responsibility to gather people from two different places to take part in the riots, police alleged. They made women and children block the roads under the Jafrabad metro station on 23 February to create tension amidst the neighbourhood people, the FIR said.

Communal clashes had broken out in northeast Delhi on 24 February 24 after violence between citizenship law supporters and protesters spiralled out of control leaving at least 53 people dead and around 200 injured.

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