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JNU student leader Umar Khalid attacked in Delhi, escapes unhurt

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Umar Khalid was at the venue to attend an event titled ‘Khauff Se Azaadi’, organised by an organisation named ‘United Against Hate’
  • Khalid, along with Kanhaiya Kumar and Anirban Bhattacharya, was arrested in February 2016 on charges of sedition

NEW DELHI: JNU student leader

Umar

Khalid

was allegedly shot at by a man just outside the Constitution Club here today, but he escaped unhurt, reported PTI quoting police.

Khalid was at the venue to attend an event titled ‘

Khauff Se Azaadi

‘, organized by ‘United Against Hate’.

There is an atmosphere of fear in the country, and anybody who speaks against the government is threatened,” Khalid said following the attack.

As per an account of an eyewitness, the attacker fired shots from a pistol at Khalid. The bullet missed Khalid. The attacker then fired aerial shots and managed to flee the scene.

Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah said that the attack is “direct result” of “relentless hate campaign” on media.

Khalid, along with Kanhaiya Kumar and Anirban Bhattacharya, was arrested in February 2016 on charges of sedition in connection with the controversial event in which alleged anti-India slogans were raised at an event.

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