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JNU Student Umar Khalid shot at Constitution Club, escapes unhurt

JNU Student Umar Khalid shot at Constitution Club, escapes unhurt
Written by Abhishek Lohia

On Friday afternoon, an unknown assailant shot on student leader of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Omar Khalid near the Parliament. However, Umar Khalid survived in the attack and Police recovered a pistol from the spot. The organization, United Against Hate, organized a ‘Freedom from Fear’ program at the Constitutional Club. Several people including senior advocates Prashant Bhushan, JDU MP Manoj Jha, Rohit Wemulla’s mother Radhika were invited. Umar also had to join in. Saifi, who went to the Constitution Club with Umar Khalid, said, “We used to drink tea when three people came to us. One of them grabbed Khalid, and Khalid trying to get rid of himself and he opposed, “Saifi said,” With the sound of the bullet, there was a tumultuous rage but Khalid was not injured. The accused fired another bullet while running. “

After the incident, Umar Khalid said, “There is an atmosphere of fear in the country and every person speaking against the government is being intimidated.” The police are on the spot and are investigating the matter. He has seized the weapon which fell from the hands of the accused while running away.

Who is Umar Khalid?

On 9 February 2016, a program was organized at the JNU on behalf of the Democratic Student Union on the anniversary of Afzal Guru. This program was led by Umar Khalid of the Democratic Students Union (DSU). Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya, and Kanhaiya Kumar were accused of putting anti-national slogans in this program.

In June last year, JNU student leader Umar Khalid had lodged a complaint regarding the threat of killing him in Delhi Police. Khalid had told that he was getting threats from the gangster Ravi Pujari for killing him. The police had registered the case and also investigated it. Claiming to be on the Pujari’shitlist, Khalid demanded police protection. He said that a  similar threat was received in February, 2016.

About the author

Abhishek Lohia

Abhishek Lohia was a Sports and Political Writer working for Newsfolo and is no longer associated with the organization.

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