New Delhi, Aug 14: A CCTV grab of the man, suspected to have opened fire on Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student leader Umar Khalid, was released on Tuesday. Khalid was shot at near Constitution Club of India in the national capital on Monday afternoon. He escaped the attack unhurt. Also Read - Trending News Today April 25, 2020: 'Do Our Lives Have no Value?' JNU Sanitation Workers Ask After Cleaning Hostels Without Salary-Safety Gears For Nearly 3 Months
The suspect opened fire at Umar Khalid in Delhi’s high security area near Parliament and fled from the spot. The incident, which took place around 2.30 pm, came two days before Independence Day when the city is on security alert. Also Read - Amid Extension of COVID-19 Lockdown, JNU Starts Finalising Process For Online Exams
Meanwhile, student activist Shehla Rashid Shora has filed a case in Srinagar against mafia don Ravi Poojary for allegedly threatening her. “FIR number 45/2018 u/s (under section) 506 RPC filed by J&K Police against Ravi Poojary on my complaint,” Shora said on Twitter. Also Read - Caught on Camera: Women Spit on Plastic Bags, Throw Them Inside Houses in Rajasthan's Kota
She said Poojari had warned her, Khalid and Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani to shut up. “Meanwhile, got this death threat from right-wing Hindutvawadi fundamentalist Ravi Poojary. He warns Umar Khalid, Jignesh Mevani and me to shut up! Threat by SMS #DigitalIndia,” she said.
In a message to Shora, the screenshot of which the student activist put up on Twitter, Poojary said, “Just shut your mouth or we will shut your mouth forever. Tell Umar Khalid and Jignesh Mewani also. Mafia don Ravi Poojary”.
Earlier yesterday, giving his version of what had happened, Khalid said he was going back inside the complex, which also houses the Mavlankar Auditorium and MP quarters on Rafi Marg, after having tea when somebody tried to fire at him. However, he did not see the face of the attacker. “I was returning after having tea. One person came from behind, pushed me down and tried to fire at me. I ran for my life. He fled from there,” he told reporters.
Alleging that there is an atmosphere of fear, he said, “If you speak against the government you will be branded and then anything could happen to you.”
Khalid was at the entrance of the club, when he was attacked. He was going to attend a conference, ‘Khauff Se Azaadi’ (Freedom from Fear), organised by United Against Hate and featuring speakers such as lawyer Prashant Bhushan, Delhi University professor Apoorvanand and the late Rohith Vemula’s mother Radhika Vemula.