Former JNU student leader Umar Khalid arrested under stringent UAPA

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September 14, 2020

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New Delhi, Sept 14: The Delhi Police Special Cell has arrested former Jawaharlal Nehru University student leader Umar Khalid under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

Sources told The Indian Express that Khalid was summoned on Saturday and asked to join the investigation on Sunday at the Special Cell office in Lodhi Colony. “He had earlier been questioned on July 31, when his phone was seized. On Sunday, he arrived around 1 pm and was questioned during the day before being arrested in the evening,” a police source said.

Police are likely to file a chargesheet against him in the coming days, the source said. He will be produced before a Delhi court on Monday.

According to police, an FIR was registered against Khalid on March 6 based on information provided by an informer to Sub-Inspector Arvind Kumar of the narcotics unit of the Crime Branch. As per the FIR, Kumar said the informer told him that the Northeast Delhi riots in February were part of a “premeditated conspiracy” allegedly hatched by Khalid, one Danish, and two others associated with different organisations.

That FIR states: “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.”

Kumar alleged in the FIR that as part of the conspiracy, firearms, petrol bombs, acid bottles, and stones were stored at homes in Kardampuri, Jafrabad, Chand Bagh, Gokulpuri, Shiv Vihar and nearby areas. “The co-accused, Danish, was given the responsibility to gather people from different places to take part in the violence… Women and children were made to block the roads under the Jafrabad Metro Station on February 23 to create tension amidst the neighbourhood people. The same day, schools of minority children (were) vacated under their premeditated conspiracy,” the FIR states.

The probe was later taken over by the Special Investigation Team of the Special Cell, which is looking into the alleged conspiracy.

In a chargesheet filed by the Delhi Police Crime Branch against suspended AAP councillor Tahir Hussain, the investigating officer has alleged that on January 8, more than a month before the riots, Hussain met with Umar Khalid and Khalid Saifi of ‘United Against Hate’ at the Shaheen Bagh anti-CAA protest, and Umar asked him “to be prepared for something big/riots at the time of Trump’s visit” and that “he and other PFI members will help him (Hussain) financially”. That chargesheet has been filed in Karkardooma court.

Khalid’s lawyer Trideep Pais had told The Indian Express on Saturday that the allegations against Khalid were “completely false, fabricated and procured illegally through duress”.

At a press conference on September 4, Khalid had said there were two kinds of law being followed — one for supporters of the ruling party and another for the common people against whom “evidence was being manufactured”.

“There is an attempt to rewrite history of the past six months in front of our eyes and give it an official stamp,” he had said.

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October 26,2020

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Udupi, Oct 26: A married man, who had disappeared after getting a critically ill girl admitted to a private hospital, has been arrested by the police after she breathed her lost without responding to any treatment.

The police took more than a day to trace Prashant Kundar, who reportedly had a live-in relationship with the deceased girl, identified as Rakshita.

Rakshita’s condition was critical when Prashant took her to hospital on October 24. She breathed her last after sometime. Prashant had disappeared when doctors pronounced her dead.

Following this, Rakshita’s parents had lodged a complaint with local police suspecting foul play in Rakshita’s death. It is learnt that Rakshita was drunk when she was taken to hospital.

According to sources, Prashant and Rakshita were living in a rented house in Udupi’s Ambagilu. However, Prashant was already married to another woman. It is learnt that after coming to know about Prashant’s relationship with Rakshita, his wife had threatened her over phone.

Police have registered a case and launched an investigation. The reason for girl’s death will be known only after the submission of autopsy report, said a police officer.

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October 24,2020

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Mumbai, Oct 24: Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday said he has tested coronavirus positive.

The BJP leader shared the information on his Twitter handle.

"I have been working every single day since the lockdown, but now it seems that God wants me to stop for a while and take a break! I have tested #COVID19 positive and in isolation. Taking all medication & treatment as per the advice of the doctors," he said.

"Those who have come in contact with me are advised to get COVID-19 tests done. Take care, everyone!," the former Maharashtra chief minister added in the tweet.

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October 17,2020

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The war of words between the LJP and the BJP is now getting shriller. A day after senior BJP minister Prakash Javadekar slammed LJP chief Chirag Paswan and called him a ‘vote-katwa’ (vote-cutter), the LJP has hit back at the BJP.

“If I am a vote-cutter, why have they (BJP leaders) aligned with us since 2014?,” asked Chirag, adding that the unsavoury statements issued by the BJP leaders for the last few days were being made at the behest of Nitish Kumar.

“I had not expected such statements from the top BJP leaders. They should exercise restraint while making such remarks. I am of the clear view that Nitish has to be ousted this election. If he becomes Chief Minister again, I will quit the NDA and prefer to sit in the Opposition,” said the LJP chief, whose father Ram Vilas Paswan passed away recently.

The LJP, though part of the NDA at the Centre, is contesting Bihar election on its own and has fielded 143 candidates, mostly against the JD (U) nominees.

“I have full faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He is my idol and I am his Hanuman,” said Chirag, reiterating that his sole aim was “defeat of Nitish” and establishment of a BJP-led Government, backed by the LJP.

The BJP, meanwhile, has suspended nine senior party leaders who are contesting Assembly elections on the LJP ticket.

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