TDN World Desk: Amid corona lockdown Delhi police targets anti-CAA protesters and Muslim leaders. On Tuesday, student activist Umar Khalid, Jamia Millia Islamia students Meeran Haider and Safoora Zargar were booked by delhi police under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, or UAPA on charges of conspiracy in connection with the February Northeast Delhi riots.
In February, during US President Donald Trumps’ India visit a horryfying carnage took place in the Northeast part of Delhi where most of the victims were from the minority Muslim community.A number of mosques were vandalized. Report of men in uniform involved in arson inside mosque also came out.
During a hearing on Delhi riot Justice S Muralidhar ordered Delhi Police to file FIR against four heavyweight BJP leders -Kapil Mishra (BJP MLA), Anurag Thakur (Minister of State for Finance), Abhay Verma (BJP Vice President of Delhi Unit) and Parvesh Verma (BJP MP) after watching video clip for their inflammatory hate speech. A day after, Justice S Muralidhar was transferred to the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
And now the entire picure has been changed. Police booked anti-CAA protestors like Umar Khalid, Meeran Haider and Safoora Zargar instead of those who made intigatory speech.
As reported by The Indian Express, the FIR states,“Khalid allegedly gave provocative speeches at two different places and appealed to the citizens to come out on streets and block the roads during the visit of US President Donald Trump to spread propaganda at the international level about how minorities in India are being persecuted.”
Haider and Zargar, arrested for allegedly hatching a conspiracy to incite the communal riots in February, are in judicial custody. Zargar is the media coordinator of the Jamia Coordination Committee, while Haider is a member of the panel. Haider, a PhD, is also the president of the Rashtriya Janata Dal’s youth wing in Delhi.
On April 9, Muslim Organizations and Civil society urged the Union Home Minister to stop the “harassment” of social activists and students by the Delhi Police during the ongoing lockdown.
Student leaders, activists, and civil society have protested the slapping of seditious UAPA law against Jamia students and Umar Khalid.