New Delhi, Aug 17: Hours after two men owned up to attacking JNU student leader Umar Khalid through a Facebook post that has gone viral, the family of one claims they don’t know where he is. Darwesh Shahpur and Naveen Dalal put up the video clip where they claimed they had attacked Khalid as a ‘gift’ to countrymen on Independence Day. Now the grandmother of the latter says she has no idea where the man is, though he had claimed to surrender on Friday itself. But she did admit that he was a ‘gau rakshak’. Also Read - Rakul Preet Singh Makes Jaws Drop at Zee Cine Awards in Fusion Saree With Slit, Check Viral Pictures
According to The Indian Express, Dalal’s grandmother Gyaano Devi said, “He left home five-six days ago without telling me where he went. I did ask him but he only said he is going out for work and will be back in the evening. He did not return though.” She is his only surviving relative. His mother died of some ailment a few years ago and his “mentally unstable” father does not live with the family, said Devi. “I have not spoken to him since he left, but I am hardly worried. His duties as a ‘gau rakshak’ have taken him away from home for several days on earlier occasions as well. This is nothing new,” she says. (Also read: Delhi Police Tracks Number Which Was Used to Make Threatening Calls) Also Read - 'Will be on Streets When Trump Comes to India,' BJP Says ex-JNU Student Umar Khalid Incited Riots in Delhi
Dalal was born in 1992 and graduated from the All India Jat Heroes’ Memorial College in Rohtak. His grandmother told the daily that the youth founded the Gau Raksha Sena after his BA. The Facebook page of the outfit has been up since 2015. “He has been involved in social activities like gau raksha for several years,” says his grandmother. However, she doesn’t know about the video Dalal uploaded on Facebook, and the crime he claimed to have committed. Others in the area also feign ignorance. “I do not know about this video or the JNU business, but I can vouch for Naveen. He is a decent boy who is known to be peaceful. He is highly respected because of the work he does as a gau rakshak,” says the local barber. Also Read - Kanhaiya Kumar 'Welcomes' Delhi Govt's Prosecution Nod, Says 'Ensure Speedy Trial in Court of Law'