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JNU Student Leader Umar Khalid Says He Was Shot At He was at the Constitution Club to take part in a protest against mass lynchings and crimes against minorities

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UMAR KHALID, a student leader of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), says he was shot at by an unidentified gunman in the heart of New Delhi. He escaped unhurt.

Khalid was at the Constitution Club, meters away from the Parliament building in Central Delhi. He was at the Club to take part in a protest against mass lynchings and crimes against minorities.

An eyewitness saw a man in a white shirt opening fire at Khalid.

“Khalid lost his balance, fell down and [the] bullet missed him. We tried to catch the man. He fired aerial shots, pistol slipped off his hands, he fled,” the eyewitness told ANI.

Madhur Verma, Deputy Commissioner of Police, New Delhi district said that Khalid’s claims were being verified.

“Umar Khalid said that he was attacked. Somebody pounced on him and pushed, thereafter he tried to fire at Khalid. But couldn’t. According to Khalid the attacker fired in the air and was chased by people,” Verma further stated.

Joint Commissioner of Delhi Police Ajay Chaudhary told ANI that “a man attacked from behind while Umar Khalid and his associates were having tea at a stall”.

“He is safe. We are investigating further,” Chaudhary said.

Umar Khalid along with fellow students Kanhaiya Kumar and Anirban Bhattacharya had been arrested in February 2016 on charges of sedition in connection with a controversial event held at JNU.

In June, Khalid had filed a complaint with the Delhi Police alleging that he had received death threats, Times of India reported. The threats came from fugitive gangster Ravi Pujari and were being investigated by the Delhi Police, the report said.

The incident is being seen as a major lapse in security especially as it occurred just days away the Independence Day. A full dress rehearsal was conducted this morning around central Delhi with additional security personnel and check posts deployed across the city.

#UmarKhalid: AS IT HAPPENED

Eyewitness Accounts

Joint CP Delhi Police on the Incident

DCP of Delhi Police Madhur Verma

JNU Student Leader Shehla Rashid

First Pictures

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