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Northeast Delhi riots: President of Jamia alumni association arrested under the UAPA

According to the police, he was produced in a city court which remanded him in police custody for 10 days for further interrogation in connection with the case
In this Sunday, March 1, 2020, file photo, a man stands in a burnt shop, set ablaze by rioters, in the violence-affected area of northeast Delhi. Muslims in the area have alleged that police were tormenting the community on the pretext of investigations into the riots.

PTI   |   New Delhi   |   Published 27.04.20, 12:56 PM

The president of Jamia Millia Islamia Alumni Association has been arrested under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) in connection with the riots in northeast Delhi in February, officials said on Monday.

Shifa-Ur-Rehman, also a member of Jamia Coordination Committee, was booked for alleged involvement in the riots and was subsequently arrested by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police on Sunday.

'We had technical evidence against him which suggests that he incited mobs during the riots. He was also seen in the CCTV footage which was collected from the riot-affected areas. We have checked his call record details and WhatsApp messages and found more evidence which suggests his involvement in the riots,' a senior police officer said.

According to the police, he was produced in a city court which remanded him in police custody for 10 days for further interrogation in connection with the case.

Earlier, Jamia Millia Islamia students Meeran Haider and Safoora Zagar were also arrested under the Act for allegedly hatching a conspiracy to incite the communal riots. While Zargar is the media coordinator of Jamia Coordination Committee, Haider is a member of the committee.

In the FIR, police have claimed that the communal violence was a 'premeditated conspiracy' which was allegedly hatched by former JNU student leader Umar Khalid and two others.

Communal violence had broken out in northeast Delhi on February 24 after clashes between citizenship law supporters and protesters spiralled, leaving at least 53 people dead and around 200 injured.

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