Umar Khalid arrested under UAPA in connection with Delhi riots

Former Jawaharlal Nehru University student leader Umar Khalid was arrested late on Sunday night for his alleged role in the northeast Delhi riots, sources said on Sunday. The arrest reportedly came after investigators grilled him for several hours.

According to inputs, Umar Khalid has been arrested by the Delhi Police Special Cell under relevant sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

According to sources Khalid was summoned on Saturday and asked to join the investigation on Sunday at the Special Cell office in Lodhi Colony. “He had earlier been questioned on July 31, when his phone was seized. On Sunday, he arrived around 1 pm and was questioned during the day before being arrested in the evening,” The Indian Express quoted a police source as saying.

Police are likely to file a chargesheet against him in the coming days, the source said. He will be produced before a Delhi court on Monday.

The Delhi Police had on Saturday mentioned the names of CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogendra Yadav, noted economist Jayati Ghosh, DU professor Apoorvanand, and documentary filmmaker Rahul Roy in a supplementary chargesheet in connection with the northeast district violence. However they were not named as accused.

In the chargesheet it filed in July in connection with the Chand Bagh violence, Delhi Police had claimed that Tahir Hussain and Umar Khalid hatched a conspiracy ahead of US President Donald Trump’s visit to India. The police had further alleged that Umar had assured the other two that Popular Front of India (PFI) was ready to “provide funds and facilities”.

In February of this year, riots broke out in the northeast area of Delhi after groups opposing the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) turned violent on the wake of American President Donald Trump’s visit to India and started attacking local Hindu settlements. This led to the deaths of at least 53 people.