‘Tukde Tukde gang’ fame JNU student Umar Khalid was arrested late on Sunday night after being grilled for several hours for his alleged involvement as a mastermind of the Delhi anti-Hindu riots earlier this year.
As per reports, Khalid appeared for interrogation at around 1pm in the afternoon on Sunday. At around 11:30pm, Khalid’s father Syed Qasim Rasool Ilyas took to Twitter to announce that his son has been arrested. What followed, was an absolute meltdown by the left and the liberals on social media. From accusing the central government of falsely implicating Khalid to claiming death of democracy, from the scenes on micro-blogging site twitter it appeared as if the doomsday came early for self styled liberals in India.
Shortly after the arrest, actress Swara Bhasker came out to demand scrapping of UAPA act, under which Umar has been booked.
Scrap #UAPA !!!!
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) September 13, 2020
Pratik Sinha, the co-founder of Alt News, claimed that, “on most days, this country doesn’t feel like a democracy anymore.”
On most days, this country doesn't feel like a democracy anymore. #StandWithUmarKhalid
— Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) September 13, 2020
Professor Ashok Swain, well famous in India for his abusive and unparliamentary language, termed the ruler of current regime as a “bigot megalomaniac.”
— Ashok Swain (@ashoswai) September 13, 2020
Writer and researcher Suchitra Vijayan called out the people to take to the streets, in typical leftist style.
Activist and scholar @UmarKhalidJNU has been arrested by the special cell of the Delhi Police at midnight after 11 hours of interrogation.
If we think this is a democracy anymore — we are wrong.
This is the time to take to the streets!
— Suchitra Vijayan (@suchitrav) September 13, 2020
Siddarth Vardarahan, co-founder of the Wire said that ‘there was an inevitability to this police action’ and even went on to claim that there is no evidence back up the case against Khalid.
There was an inevitability to this police action. Though they know there's no evidence to back up their ludicrous case, @AmitShah in the LS had blamed @UmarKhalidJNU for the riots (his own party folks had triggered) and parliament reconvenes Monday.https://t.co/u5WqMMSnWM
— Siddharth (@svaradarajan) September 13, 2020
Below are couple more reactions from well known left liberals, which came at midnight, right after Khalid’s arrest.
Umar Khalid has been arrested under UAPA by this cowardly & biased govt.
Those who were caught on tape are roaming free
– Anurag Thakur: No Arrest, No FIR
– Kapil Mishra: No Arrest, No FIR
– Komal Sharma: No Arrest, No FIR
As I have often said, Crime doesn't matter. Name does.
— Srivatsa (@srivatsayb) September 13, 2020
Umar Khalid arrested under UAPA, suddenly in the middle of the night.
One by one, voices of dissent are being silenced. When will this draconian, absolutely unlawful act of which the govt. has been making full use, be removed.
— Andre Borges (@borges) September 13, 2020
All in all, left liberals rushed into action in less than 30 minutes from the arrest and since then a hysteria is being created to apply pressure on the investigators and influence the probe. However, with a strong leader in Amit Shah at helms of affair in Home Ministry, it is unlikely that such antics would be successful in altering the course of investigation.