As reported by Press Trust of India (PTI), Shifa-Ur-Rehman, president of Jamia Millia Islamia Association has been arrested for the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act over his alleged involvement in North-East Delhi riots which happened in last February.
He is also a member of the Jamia Coordination Committee (JCC). He got arrested on Sunday by the Delhi police.
An unidentified police officer told the news agency that they had technical evidence against Shifa-Ur-Rehman which suggested that he had encouraged mobs during the riots. Further adding the police officer said that Rehman was also seen in the CCTV footage which was collected from the riot-affected areas and after checking his call record details and WhatsApp messages, more evidence was found, suggesting his involvement in the riots.
Delhi court has asked Shifa-Ur-Rehman to be taken into 10 days’ custody by Delhi Police for further investigation.
Between February 23 and 26 in North East Delhi, there have been clashes between the supporters of the law and those opposing it. These clashes resulted in killing 53 people and hundreds were injured. In Muslim neighborhoods mostly the police were accused of either inaction or conspiracy in some instances of violence. Ever since the Delhi saw anti-Sikh riots in 1984, this north-east violence was the worst.
Jawaharlal Nehru Student Umar Khalid, and Jamia Millia Islamia students Meeran Haider and Safoora Zargar were also arrested under UAPA, last week. The students have also been booked for the offenses of sedition, murder, attempt to murder, promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion and rioting.
Haider and Zargar, already in custody as they were accused of purportedly hatching a conspiracy to provoke the communal riots in February. Zargar is the media coordinator of the Jamia Coordination Committee (JCC), while Haider is a member of the panel. Haider, a Ph.D., is also the president of the Rashtriya Janata Dal’s youth wing in Delhi.
In the First Information Report (FIR), the police have claimed that communal violence was a planned conspiracy.
On April 23, a group of intellectuals had criticized the charges filed under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act against individuals protesting the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC). The signatories called the use of the UAPA and sedition laws “illegal”.