The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student activist, Umar Khalid, was attacked when he was ready to attend an event outside Constitution Club in Delhi. The fire shot from the unknown gunman at Khalid went missing and the gunman ran away from the spot leaving behind his pistol, which has been taken into custody by the police, PTI quoted. Khalid was standing outside the Constitution Club at a tea stall when he was attempted to be gunned down while some say Khalid was entering the Club when he was opened fire at. “One man in white shirt pushed Khalid down on ground and fired on him while he was standing at a tea stall outside the Constitution Club. The shot missed him and the gun man fled from the spot leaving behind his pistol as people standing near Khalid rushed towards him,” recalled an Eye Witness, quoted ANI.
There was an event, Umar Khalid accompanied us. We were at a tea stall when a man in white shirt came,pushed&opened fire at him. Khalid lost his balance,fell down&bullet missed him. We tried to catch the man. He fired aerial shots,pistol slipped off his hands,he fled: Eyewitness pic.twitter.com/oqRcfgRPcY
— ANI (@ANI) August 13, 2018
The Police reached the spot and took charge of the area while Khalid was escorted to a safe space by the cops. As per ANI, Khalid was invited to speak at an event called ‘Towards a Freedom Without Fear’ (Khauff se Azadi) organized by an organization called ‘United Against Hate’. Umar Khalid had to speak in the event before which he was attempted to be killed. Khalid has condemned the whole incident and said that these incidents are bound to happen when one raises voice against government. “There is an atmosphere of fear in the country, and anybody who speaks against the government is threatened,” said Umar Khalid on the incident, quoted PTI.
Khalid along with another student activists, Kanhaiya Kumar and Anirban Bhattacharya, was arrested in February 2016 after they spoke against the nation and allegedly sloganeered against the nation. The videos which came out showed many students at the cultural event in JNU sloganeered against India and backed a terrorist like Afzal Guru. They were booked under sedition charges.