A Delhi court docket on Monday despatched former Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) pupil Umar Khalid to 10 days in police custody,a day after his arrest below the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, or UAPA, for his alleged function in a conspiracy behind the February riots in the nationwide capital’s north-east district.
Khalid’s counsel Trideep Pais informed the court docket that his consumer was not in Delhi between February 23 and 26, when the riots befell; that he was opposed to the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, or CAA, and never ashamed of his stand; and that the police had been but to produce proof that Khalid had incited the protests.
The court docket accepted the police’s remand utility on the grounds that the 33-year-old has to be confronted with an enormous quantity of technical data, and that he ought to be despatched to custody in order that an efficient investigation may be carried out.
Several activists and civil society members have opposed Khalid’s arrest on allegedly flimsy grounds, and have demanded to know why the police have taken no motion in opposition to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Kapil Mishra, who was seen giving an inflammatory speech in north-east Delhi a day earlier than the violence broke out on February 24.
They additionally requested why different BJP leaders weren’t booked for speeches delivered in the course of the run up to the Delhi elections simply weeks earlier than the riots.
Nine retired IPS officers on Monday wrote to Delhi’s police commissioner SN Srivastava saying they had been “pained” at police implicating anti-CAA protesters whereas “letting off the hook all those who instigated violence and are associated by the ruling party”. Though the letter didn’t point out any names, BJP leaders Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Verma had been criticised on the time for speeches and slogans forward of the Delhi elections.
Mishra, who denies all fees, on Monday launched a video congratulating the police for arresting Khalid and “people like him”, and likened the riots with the 26/11 Mumbai terror assaults.
Delhi Police produced Khalid earlier than extra periods choose Amitabh Rawat in a digital listening to of the Karkardooma court docket on Monday afternoon.
Special public prosecutor Amit Prasad stated Khalid had to be confronted with paperwork that run into almost 1.1 million pages and “huge technical data”.
The choose allowed Khalid’s counsel to work together along with his consumer for half-an-hour daily, whereas asking police officers to stay exterior the audible vary in the course of the conferences. He additionally directed a deputy commissioner of police (DCP) to make preparations for making certain Khalid’s security and safety in the course of the police remand after Pais raised concern over the protection of his consumer in case he’s taken out of the police station.
Fifty-three individuals had been killed and round 400 injured in the north-east Delhi riots, which began as clashes between pro- and anti-CAA and protestors earlier than buying a communal color.
The police contended that an examination of witnesses revealed that Khalid was coordinating between protest websites in Delhi in connivance with different radical teams.
“Further interrogation is needed in order to unearth deep-rooted conspiracy and to collect clinching evidence to nab/arrest the remaining conspirators behind these riots During the course of investigation, names of some more suspects have also cropped up and above named accused are required to be questioned at length about those suspects to obtain their exact particulars for further investigation,” the police remand utility stated.
Khalid was arrested at round 11pm on Sunday after 10 hours of questioning. He was arrested in a case registered by the particular cell of Delhi Police that’s probing a suspected bigger conspiracy behind the Delhi riots. The case has been registered below stringent Sections, together with 13, 16, 17 and 18 of the UAPA that pertain to illegal actions, terrorist acts, elevating funds for terrorist acts and conspiracy.
In the identical case, police have arrested not less than 11 others, together with former Congress councillor Ishrat Jahan, former Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) councillor former Tahir Hussain, activists Khalid Saifi, Safoora Zargar and Gufisha Khatoon, who’re college students of Jamia Millia Islamia, and Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita, each JNU college students and members of the ladies’s collective Pinjra Tod.
The police additionally alleged: “The riots were planned to be happened during or prior to the visit of US President Donald Trump in February 2020.”
“My son was targeted for participating in the protests held against the CAA and National Register of Citizens across the country,” Khalid’s father, Sayed Qasim Rasool Ilyas stated.
Khalid has been named in a number of first data studies (FIRs) and cost sheets filed by police in the riots circumstances. Police have alleged that Khalid orchestrated the riots together with AAP councillor Hussain and activist Khalid Saifi, a member of the United Against Hate group. In least 4 cost sheets filed in metropolis courts, the police have stated that Khalid met the 2 males on the Shaheen Bagh protest web site on January 8, throughout which they mentioned a plan to orchestrate the riots.
In a twitter publish, advocate Prashant Bhushan criticised Delhi Police for arresting Khalid however not appearing in opposition to Kapil Mishra.