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Former JNU student leader Umar Khalid arrested in connection with northeast Delhi riots

Former JNU student leader Umar Khalid was arrested by Delhi police late night on September 13 for his alleged role in the north-east Delhi riots. Khalid, who was charged under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), will be produced before a Delhi court on September 14.

A special cell of the Delhi police arrested Khalid after interrogating him for 11 hours. He was earlier questioned by the Delhi Police Crime Branch on September 2 in connection with the northeast Delhi riots.

Communal clashes broke out in northeast Delhi on February 24 after violence between supporters of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and those against the legislation spiralled out of control, claiming at least 53 lives. In their attempt to prevent violence, 108 police personnel were injured and two died.

The Delhi Police on Sunday said in an official statement that it was investigating the role of all individuals who allegedly took part in the riots and were part of a larger conspiracy in organising violence in northeast Delhi and inciting communal passion and hatred amongst 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 evidence, investigation has been finalised in most of the important cases and charge sheets have been submitted in the court for trial,” the police said, adding the riots also caused large-scale damage to both private and public properties.

So far, police have arrested 1,575 people in 751 cases. Over 250 charge sheets have been filed in the riots related cases in which 1,153 accused have been charge-sheeted.

-Davinder Panesar, NMTV News


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