Umar Khalid’s attackers sent to judicial custody

New Delhi: A Delhi court on Thursday sent the attackers of Jawaharlal Nehru University student activist Umar Khalid to judicial custody till September 6.

The accused, identified as Naveen Dalal and Darvesh Shapur, were arrested by the Special Cell of Delhi Police on August 20.

Khalid was attacked outside the Constitution Club of India on August 13; he escaped unhurt.

He was supposed to speak at an event titled- ‘Towards a Freedom Without Fear’, organised by United Against Hate Initiative.

According to an eyewitness, who identified himself as Khalid Shafi, “A man in white shirt pushed Khalid down on the ground and fired on him, while he was standing at a tea stall outside the Constitution Club. The shot missed him and the gunman fled from the spot leaving behind his pistol as people standing near Khalid rushed towards him.”
The JNU student activist sought protection from the Delhi police few hours after the attack.

“I have received threats in the past too, but this was the first time there was an assassination attempt. I have sought police protection now,” Khalid told ANI after recording his statement with the police.