A Delhi Court today ordered for Umar Khalid to remain in judicial custody till October 22 in connection with the Delhi riots case.
Umar Khalid was arrested by the Delhi Police’s special cell on September 13 for his alleged role in the riots that broke out in north-east neighbourhoods of the national capital in February this year. The FIR against him was filed under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).
He had earlier been charged under the UAPA in another case related to the riots. He had been questioned on July 31, when his mobile phone was seized by the police. He was then summoned earlier this month, when the police arrested him after questioning him.
He was virtually produced before Judge Amitabh Rawat of the Additional Sessions Court, Karkardooma after his 10-day police custody ended today.
The Delhi police sought an order from the Court to send Umar Khalid to judicial custody. After the order, Umar Khalid requested to meet his parents and to be allowed to carry his spectacles and some books to jail. The Court asked him to file the appropriate application for the same.
Violence in parts of north-east Delhi from February 23 to 26 – after weeks of protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the National Register of Citizens – had left over 50 dead and hundreds injured, many with gunshot wounds.
The FIR against Umar Khalid states, states, as quoted by the Indian Express: “Khalid allegedly gave provocative speeches at two different places and appealed to the citizens to come out on the streets and block the roads during the visit of US President Donald Trump to spread propaganda at the international level about how minorities in India are being persecuted.”
He is one of many other students, Muslim activists, journalists, and academicians who had been peacefully protesting against the CAA and NRC, who have been framed for the violence largely committed by Hindu mobs against Muslim residents of Delhi.