Former Jawaharlal Nehru University student leader Umar Khalid was arrested late on Sunday night under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for his alleged role in the Delhi riots.Also Read - ISI Planning Terror Strike In India During Festive Season, Intelligence Sources Issue Alert

“After 11 hours of interrogation, the Delhi Police Special Cell has arrested Umar Khalid as a conspirator in the Delhi Riots case. The fairy tale narrative that DP (Delhi Police) has been spinning and criminalising protests in the garb of investigating riots, finds yet another victim,” United Against Hate, an activist group whose member is Umar Khalid, said in a statement, according to NDTV. Also Read - Anurag Thakur Meets Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, Gifts Him Bhagavad Gita | See Pics

Soon after his arrest, a large section of Twitterati stood in support of Khalid, demanding his release. Many called his arrest a ‘witch-hunt’ while questioning why Delhi Police hasn’t taken any action against Kapil Mishra, Anurag Thakur and Komal Sharma. Also Read - Viral Video: Muslim Man Sings The Iconic Mahabharata Title Song, People Say 'This is Real India' | Watch

In January, BJP’s Anurag Thakur was seen leading a crowd with the slogan “Desh ke gaddaron ko, goli maaro saalon ko,” a chant inciting listeners to shoot “traitors to the country”, with an expletive thrown in.

One user wrote, “Umar Khalid is arrested who talked about responding to hate with love. BJP leaders Kapil Mishra and Anurag Thakur don’t even have an FIR against them who openly talked about responding to anti-CAA protests with Goli. This is the real death of democracy (sic).”

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The communal violence which took place in the national capital from February 23 to 26, 2020 led to the death of 53 people, including one policeman.