While two ideological sides debated whether BJP politician Kapil Mishra’s bid to not let Shaheen Bagh spread in Delhi or Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad’s Bharat Bandh was to blame for the riots of last week, a video of JNU student Umar Khalid, accused in a sedition case, has gone viral in which he is appealing to people to take to the road when the trump comes.
So far, 46 people have died in the violence that erupted in the capital Delhi during the visit of US President Donald Trump to India.
Umar Khalid of JNU, infamous for allegedly raising anti-India slogans in the JNU campus or supporting Kashmiri separatists who were doing so, has now been accused of making inflammatory speeches. A clip of his speech has surfaced in Yavatmal, Maharashtra.
Umar Khalid delivered this speech on 17 February, just before US President Donald Trump’s visit to India. Riots erupted in north-east Delhi after the arrival of Trump.
Umar Khalid can now come under the scanner of Delhi Police due to this video.
In a speech in Yavatmal, Umar Khalid said, “When US President Trump is in India, we should hit the roads. If the Trumps come on the 24th, we will go around telling people that the Government of India is trying to divide the country. That it is a blow to the principles of Gandhi! This will send a message to the world that the people of India are fighting against the rulers of India. On that day, many of us will be on the streets.”
Meanwhile, the BJP has attacked Umar Khalid for the speech. Delhi BJP spokesperson Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga tweeted a video of the ultra-left rabble-rouser, writing, “The conspiracy was already hatched by the jihadi forces that on the day Donald Trump arrives in India, a part of the gang would hit the streets and discredit the country. This speech of Umar Khalid of 17 February is proof.”
When the opponents of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) were challenged, they snuffed out the lives of 46 people of Delhi and wounded about 250 people who are still admitted in hospitals. Thousands of vehicles and hundreds of houses were burnt and shops looted in the riots.
Meanwhile, both Tahir Hussain of the AAP, accused of rioting and murder, and Shahrukh Pathan, who wielded a gun at policemen during one of the riots, are on the run.
The riots claimed the lives of Delhi Police head constable Ratan Lal and Intelligence Bureau security assistant Ankit Sharma.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia may be questioned for the calls they received from Tahir Hussain before the riots.