“Who is Umar Khalid?” All you need to know about charges against him

Delhi Riots 2020: Delhi Police has arrested the activist for allegedly delivering provocative speeches and conspiring in the riots. He has been booked under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

Umar Khalid, a former JNU student & Human Rights Activist, has been a talk of the town since a while now. A name which is both famous and infamous when comes to protests & activism.

But who is Umar Khalid?

JNU Sedition Row: On 9 February 2016, students of JNU held a protest on their campus against the capital punishment meted out to the 2001 Indian Parliament attack, convicted Afzal Guru and Kashmiri separatist Maqbool Bhat. During the clash that ensued, a small group of people raised (described as) anti-India slogans.

Four days after, Delhi Police had arrested JNU Student Union president Kanhaiya Kumar on charges of sedition and criminal conspiracy. Umar Khalid went into hiding and returned 10 days later. Umar Khalid had surrendered to the police and was taken into custody. He was also rusticated by the University for a semester

In the subsequent charge sheet that was filed in the JNU Sedition Case, Comrade Kanhaiya and Umar Khalid were booked along with others. Recently, on February 28th 2020, the Delhi government gave their approval for a trial in the matter.

2018 Bhima Koregaon Violence: Umar Khalid was booked for giving provocative speeches in Pune. The criminal charges against Khalid were promoting enmity between different groups through his speeches.

Attempt to Murder on Khalid: In 2018, Umar Khalid narrowly escaped an assassination attempt, when a man tried to shoot at him. The accused had uploaded a video on Facebook on 15 August 2018, said, the attack was an Independence Day gift for India.

Delhi Riots 2020: Delhi Police has arrested the activist for allegedly delivering provocative speeches and conspiring in the riots. He has been booked under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

 

14 charges have been imposed against Khalid as follows:

1. SECTION 13 (UAPA) Unlawful activity
Up to 7 years of jail

2. SECTION 18 (UAPA) Conspiracy
Minimum 5 years or imprisonment for life

3. SECTION 153A (IPC) Wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause a riot
Up to 3 years of jail

4. SECTION 186 (IPC) Obstruct public servant from discharging duty
Up to 3 months of jail

5. SECTION 427 (IPC) Causing Damage by Mischief
2 years of jail

6. SECTION 16 (UAPA) Terror act
Capital punishment or imprisonment for life

7. SECTION 120B Criminal conspiracy
6 months to 2 years of jail

8. SECTION 302 (IPC) Murder
Capital punishment or imprisonment for life

9. SECTION 353 (IPC) Assaulting public servant
2 years of jail

10. SECTION 435 (IPC) Mischief by fire or explosive substance
Up to 7 years of jail

11. SECTION 17 (UAPA) Raising funds for a terrorist act
Minimum 5 years or imprisonment for life

12. SECTION 124A (IPC) Sedition
3 years or imprisonment for life

13. SECTION 307 (IPC) Attempt to murder
Up to 10 years or imprisonment for life

14. SECTION 395 (IPC) Dacoity
Up to 10 years of jail

February 2020 riots had claimed 53 lives and left more than 200 injured.

 

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