On late Sunday night, Umar Khalid, the former Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU ) student leader was arrested. He was arrested under the UAPA (Unlawful Activities Prevention Act) for his alleged involvement in the north-east Delhi riots.
He was interrogated for 11 hours and later arrested by the special cell of the Delhi police. The Delhi police questioned Umar Khalid earlier about an alleged conspiracy behind the north-east Delhi riots.
The police also seized his mobile phone.
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. Ever since the Delhi saw anti-Sikh riots in 1984, this north-east violence was the worst.
On Sunday, the Delhi police said in an official statement that it was investigating the participation of all individuals who allegedly took part in the north-east Delhi riots and were a part of a bigger conspiracy to organise violence in north-east Delhi and inducing communal passion and hatred among all 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.
In a video message, BJP leader Kapil Mishra has congratulated the Delhi Police on the arrest of activist Umar Khalid in the Delhi violence case.
“The violence that took place in Delhi in February 2020 was similar to the 26/11 terror attack on Mumbai,” Mishra said in the video recorded inside a car. “I have full faith that criminals like Umar Khalid and Tahir Hussain will be hanged, imprisoned for life, for killing people. The citizens of Delhi await justice,” he added.