An ambulance sits outside the mortuary at the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital in Delhi, India. (Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg)

Former JNU Student Leader Umar Khalid Arrested In Connection With Northeast Delhi Riots



Former Jawaharlal Nehru University student leader Umar Khalid was arrested late on Sunday night under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for his alleged role in the northeast Delhi riots, sources said.

He was arrested by the special cell of the Delhi police after 11 hours of interrogation. He will be produced before a Delhi court on Monday, they said.

Khalid was questioned by the Delhi Police Crime Branch for a couple of hours on September 2 in connection with the riots.

He was earlier booked under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in another case related to the riots. He was also quizzed by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police earlier regarding an alleged conspiracy behind the riots.

His mobile phone was also seized by the police.

Communal clashes had broken out in northeast Delhi on February 24 after violence between supporters of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and those against the legislation spiralled out of control, leaving at least 53 people dead and around 200 injured. In their attempt to prevent violence, 108 police personnel received injuries and two died.

The Delhi Police on Sunday said in official statement that it was investigating the role of all individuals who allegedly took part in the riots and were part of a larger conspiracy in organising violence in northeast Delhi and inciting communal passion and hatred amongst communities.

According to the force, the Delhi Police has registered 751 FIRs in connection with communal riots that took place in the last week of February this year.

“After collecting and collating all evidences, investigation has been finalised in most of the important cases and charge sheets have been submitted in the court for trial,” the police said, adding the riots also caused large-scale damage to both private and public properties.

So far, police have arrested 1,575 people in 751 cases. Over 250 chargesheets have been filed in connection with the riots in which 1,153 accused have been charge-sheeted.

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