Violence in Delhi: Student leader Omar Khalid arrested

Indian student leader Omar Khalid has been arrested in connection with the horrific communal violence in Delhi in February. The Delhi Police has accused him of being an important conspirator in the violence. He was produced in court on Monday through video link and sought a ten-day remand. British media BBC reported this.

Khalid was arrested after being questioned twice. They have claimed all the allegations, this investigation is a conspiracy. Several prominent activists and student leaders have been arrested in connection with the Delhi violence.

Human rights groups say that many activists, especially Muslims, are being unfairly targeted. However, the police have denied the allegations.

That February violence was against India’s controversial Amended Citizenship Act (CAA). More than 50 people were killed in three days of violence.

Several Indian activists and academics have issued statements on Khalid’s arrest. Ravi Kiran Jain, V Suresh, lawyer Mihir Desai, ND Panchali, academics Satish Deshpande, Mary John, Aparbananda, Nandini Sundar, Sudhabrata Sengupta, human rights activists Akar Patel, Mander, Farah Naqvi and Biraj Patna signed the statement.

Earlier in 2016, Umar Khalid was arrested on charges of treason. Kanhaiya Kumar was also arrested for raising anti-India slogans. Both have denied the charges and have been released on bail.

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