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Delhi Riots: Ex-JNU student Umar Khalid interrogated by Delhi Police; mobile phone seized

In what comes as more trouble for former Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student and activist Umar Khalid, the Special Cell of the Delhi Police has now interrogated him in connection with the Delhi Riots case.

On Friday, the police questioned Khalid for three hours over the contentious communal riots months back in the northeastern part of the national capital. He was also interrogated regarding a speech that was made before US President Donald Trump’s India visit. 

The Special Cell of the Delhi Police has also seized the mobile phone of ex-JNU student Umar Khalid.

Earlier, an FIR was registered against the activist, in which it was said that the Delhi Riots was a pre-planned conspiracy and that the Khalid and his associates had a role in organising it. The FIR also stated that as a part of this plan, Khalid had appealed people to take to streets ahead of Trump’s visit to garner international attention for his propaganda.

Last month, the Delhi Police’s Special Cell had arrested Pinjra Tod activist Natasha Narwal and booked her under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for alleged conspiracy in the northeast Delhi riots in February and were sent to judicial custody for 14 days.

Narwal, along with another JNU student Devangana Kalita, was being investigated by the Delhi Police’s Crime branch, related to communal violence in northeast Delhi.

Communal clashes had broken out in northeast Delhi on February 24 this year over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), leaving more than 50 people dead and around 200-250 of them injured. 

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