Delhi court gives police custody of men who attacked Umar Khalid

A Delhi court on Tuesday sent two persons, who had allegedly attacked JNU student leader Umar Khalid in front of the Constitution Club here, to two-day police custody. 

  • Published 21.08.18
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New Delhi, Aug 21 (PTI): A Delhi court on Tuesday gave the police custody of the two persons who had allegedly attacked JNU student leader Umar Khalid in front of the Constitution Club here on August 13.

The men were arrested from Haryana a week later.

Chief metropolitan magistrate Deepak Sherawat allowed the plea of the Delhi Police after it said their custodial interrogation was required.

The two men, who were arrested on August 20 from Fatehabad in Haryana's Hisar district, had claimed that they were cow vigilantes who wanted to attract attention towards protection of cows and thought that by targetting the event they could highlight their cause.

The duo, Darwesh Shahpur and Naveen Dalal, told the police that they had planned to disrupt the event 'Khauff se Azaadi' (Freedom from Fear) that was being held at the Constitution Club on August 13.

When Dalal reached the Constitution Club, he found Khalid outside the venue and attacked him. Dalal claimed he did not fire from the weapon he was carrying and it fell down while he was fleeing.

However, police are probing Khalid's allegations about the weapon being pointed towards him.

Shahpur was also present there, but did not attack Khalid. After the attack, they both fled separately. One of them took a bus and then a metro, according to police.

In a video uploaded on Facebook on August 15, they claimed the attack on Khalid was supposed to be an “Independence Day gift” to citizens.

”We respect our Constitution. But there is no provision in our Constitution to punish mad dogs. By mad dogs, we mean the JNU gang that is making the country weaker and their number is increasing.

”Our elders in Haryana have taught us that such people should be taught a lesson,” Shahpur had said in the video message.

Khalid was attacked when he was on his way to take part at the event. He escaped unhurt.

The Delhi Police had handed over the case to its Special Cell, which incidentally is already probing a sedition case against Khalid and two other Jawaharlal Nehru University students.

A case of attempt to murder was registered by the police in connection with the incident.

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