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For his alleged involvement in the violence of Northeast Delhi during the protest against Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), former Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Umar Khalid has been arrested by the Crime Branch on Thursday. He has been remanded to 3-day custody.

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Khajuri Khas was one of the ragged neighbourhoods which was engulfed by Delhi’s one of the deadliest religious riots in decades. This was sparked by clashes over the controversial citizenship law. Three days of fire and fury in north-east Delhi would eventually leave hundreds wounded, and many missing.

Here, the charge sheet primarily focuses on the alleged involvement of Tahir Hussain, former AAP councilor. The charge sheet also makes repeated mentions of him along with Khalid Safi and Umar Khalid, founders of United Against Hate (UAH). “He (Tahir Hussain) was found connected to Khalid Saifi and Umar Khalid who is part of a larger group of persons who were organising riots and protests in Delhi,” the charge sheet added.

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Section 109 (punishment of abetment if the act abetted is committed in consequence and where no express provision is made for its punishment), 114 (abettor present when the offense is committed), 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with a deadly weapon), 149 (unlawful assembly), 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 395 (punishment for dacoity), 427 (mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees), etc are few of the sections imposed in the FIR.

In the first FIR, which is FIR 59, along with other charges of rioting and criminal conspiracy, the anti-terror law Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) had also been invoked.

(With added inputs from The Quint)

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