JNU student leader Umar Khalid shot in Delhi, escapes unhurt

Some unidentified men targeted JNU student leader Umar Khalid and gunshots were heard at the Constitution Club near Parliament today, but he escaped unhurt

By Author  |  Published: 13th Aug 2018  4:38 pm
Umar khalid
Umar khalid

New Delhi: Some unidentified men targeted JNU student leader Umar Khalid and gunshots were heard at the Constitution Club near Parliament today, but he escaped unhurt, police said.

Witnesses claimed that two shots were fired when Khalid was at the entrance of the club.The student leader was at the venue to attend an event titled ‘Khauff Se Azaadi’, organised by an organisation named ‘United Against Hate’.

Saifi, who was accompanying Khalid, said, “We had gone to have tea when three people came towards us. One of them got hold of Khalid which he resisted. There was a melee as a gunshot was heard. But Khalid was not injured.While the accused were fleeing, they fired one more shot”.

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

Police are at the spot and are investigating the matter. They have seized the weapon that was dropped by the accused while fleeing.

The incident, that has shook many on Twitter have come forward to stand in solidarity with Khalid. 

Post the attack, many also raised concerns over security in India just days before Independence day 

(With inputs from PTI)