An unidentified man opened fire at student-activist Umar Khalid outside the Constitution Club of India near Parliament, New Delhi. Umar Khalid was at the Constitution Club to attend an event — Khauf se Azadi: Towards Freedom Without Fear – organised by an NGO. Just before the event was about to start, Umar Khalid stepped out of the Constitution Club with three friends to have tea.
Umar Khalid said that a man came from behind, pushed him and tried to fire at him.”
UMAR KHALID’S VERSION
Khalid says he was attacked when he was going back into the Constitution Club complex after having tea at a nearby stall. Khalid was at the location to attend a conference, ‘Khauff Se Azaadi’ (Freedom from Fear).
“I was returning after having tea. One person came from behind, pushed me down and tried to fire at me. I ran for my life. He fled from there,” Khalid told reporters soon after the incident. “I do not know whether it was handiwork of some group and if others accompanied the attacker.”
“There is an atmosphere of fear. If you speak against the government, you will be branded and then anything could happen to you,” Khalid was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
DELHI POLICE’S VERSION
The Delhi Police, whose senior officers reached the Constitution Club soon after the alleged attack on Umar Khalid was reported, has said that it is still investigating whether shots were indeed fired at the JNU student leader.
#WATCH Delhi Police DCP Madhur Verma says ‘It is being verified. Umar Khalid said that he was attacked. Somebody pounced on him and pushed, thereafter he tried to fire at Khalid.But couldn’t. According to Khalid the attacker fired in the air and was chased by people’ pic.twitter.com/vhQrknlokB
— ANI (@ANI) August 13, 2018
Eyewitnesses corroborated Mr. Khalid’s statement and said as the assailant was fleeing, his pistol fell with a loud sound on impact.
Ashishi Pandey, and eyewitness who works in government office in the vicinity, said, “I saw a man who was holding a gun attack Mr. Khalid but he fled the scene after a short scuffle as two other men came to Mr. Khalid’s rescue. The man did not shoot at Mr. Khalid but I heard a gunshot when the weapon fell on the road.”
A case of attempt to murder was registered by the police later.
There was an event, Umar Khalid accompanied us. We were at a tea stall when a man in white shirt came,pushed&opened fire at him. Khalid lost his balance,fell down&bullet missed him. We tried to catch the man. He fired aerial shots,pistol slipped off his hands,he fled: Eyewitness pic.twitter.com/oqRcfgRPcY
— ANI (@ANI) August 13, 2018
WHO IS UMAR KHALID
Umar Khalid was arrested in connection with an event to protest against the against the “judicial killing” of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat at the Jawaharlal Nehru University on February 9, 2016.
He came to limelight after he was slapped with sedition charges along with nine other students, including then JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, for allegedly organising an event to protest against the “judicial killing” of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat at the Jawaharlal Nehru University on February 9, 2016. A high-level JNU enquiry committee constituted on February 11, 2016, had found that Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya, and Kanhaiya Kumar guilty in the February 2016 incident when anti-India slogans were allegedly raised at an event. The committee had also recommended rustication and fine on Umar Khalid for violation of disciplinary norms.
A PICTURE OF THE SUSPECT HAS SURFACED ON SOCIAL MEDIA!
The picture, captured from a CCTV camera, was also shared on Twitter by news agency ANI. The picture was extracted from the footage of CCTV installed at the Vittalbhai Patel Road in New Delhi.
Joint Commissioner of Police Ajay Chaudhary said that according to the information the police has, Umar Khalid was drinking tea with some of his friends when an unknown person came by and attempted to heckle Khalid. He also said that when people present at the scene tried to get ahold of the person, he fled the scene, leaving behind a pistol. Whether or not shots were fired is something that is being probed, Chaudhary also said.
This is a developing story!