Delhi riots case: Ex-JNU students’ union leader Umar Khalid acquitted | India News

NEW DELHI: Delhi’s Karkardooma court on Saturday discharged ex-JNU students’ union leader Umar Khalid and Khalid Saifi in connection to 2020 riots case.
Khalid, arrested by Delhi Police in September 2020, had urged that he neither had any “criminal role” in the violence in the city’s north-east area nor any “conspiratorial connect” with any other accused in the case.
Khalid, Sharjeel Imam, and several others have been booked under the anti-terror law Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and provisions of the Indian Penal Code for allegedly being the “masterminds” of the February 2020 riots, which had left 53 people dead and over 700 injured.
He had submitted that there is no material to support the case of the prosecution against him and his Amravati speech in February 2020 –which forms the basis of the allegations against him – not only had a categorical call for non-violence but also did not lead to violence anywhere.
The Delhi Police has said that the speech delivered by him was a “very calculated” and brought up issues like Babri Masjid, triple talaq, Kashmir, the alleged suppression of Muslims and the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC).
The violence had erupted during the protests against CAA and NRC. Besides Khalid, activist Khalid Saifi, JNU students Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita, Jamia Coordination Committee members Safoora Zargar, former AAP councillor Tahir Hussain and several others have also been booked under the stringent law in the case.

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