On Wednesday, Delhi court sent Asif Iqbal Tanha to 7-day police custody. He is a Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) university student, accused of communal violence held in North-East Delhi. The communal violence took place during protests against the (CAA)Citizenship Amendment Act in February.
Police said that they needed Asif to decipher the entire conspiracy behind Delhi’s communal violence. So, upon demand by the police, Judge Ajay Kumar Jain sent Asif to the custody till May 27. Delhi police also wanted to confront Asif with collected electronic data while investigating the whole act.
In a connection with the violence took in Jamia area Tanha had already been arrested once. He is a third-year student of BA in the Persian language. The violence in Jamia’s area broke while protesting against the CAA, in December last year. He was sent to judicial custody on till May 31 in the case.
Tanha, Member of Jamia Coordination Committee And Students Islamic Organization: Police
According to the police, Tanha lives in Abul Fazal Enclave in Shaheen Bagh. Police said that the Students Islamic Organization and the Jamia Coordination Committee, both had Tanha as its member. Accusation on JCC of initiating protests against the new citizenship law already made earlier.
Police further said that Asif played a lead role in holding protests and riots in Jamia, in December 2019. Police added that he is a close associate of Umar Khalid, Sharjeel Imam, Meeran Haider and Safoora Zargar. These people are key organisers of anti-CAA protests and subsequent riots, according to the police.
In the last December, the Government passed the controversial law thus leading to nationwide protests majorly led by Muslim women. Protesters and activists say the CAA coupled with a national citizenship register will lead to the disenfranchisement of millions of Muslims.
The protest turned violent on December 15 last year. The injury happened to more than 40 people including students, policeman, and firefighters.
On 24 February, communal clashes broke out in northeast Delhi. The violence between CAA supporters and protesters spiralled out of control leaving at least 53 people dead and around 200 injured.