JNU student leader Umar Khalid shot at near Parliament, escapes unhurt

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Hindustan Surkhiyan Desk:Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student leader Umar Khalid was allegedly shot at by a man at the Constitution Club near Parliament in Delhi on Monday afternoon. However, the JNU activist managed to escape unhurt, the police said. He was attacked by an unidentified gunman before an event at Constitution Club where he was supposed to speak, according to report. The police that reached the spot, escorted Khalid out to a safer place.

According to an eyewitness, who identified himself as Khalid Shafi: “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 gunman fled from the spot leaving behind his pistol as people standing near Khalid rushed towards him.”

Joint CP of Delhi Ajay Chaudhary said that Khalid is safe and the police is investigating the matter. “A man attacked from behind while Umar Khalid and his associates were having tea at a stall, Khalid fell down. He is safe. We are investigating further,” he said.

DCP Madhur Verma said, “It is being verified. He said that he was attacked. Somebody pounced on Umar Khalid and pushed, thereafter he tried to fire at Khalid.But the person immediately couldn’t fire. People started chasing him thereafter according to Khalid the attacker fired in the air.”

Khalid was scheduled to speak at an event titled – ‘Towards a Freedom Without Fear’ organised by United Against Hate Initiative. Later Khalid said, “There is an atmosphere of fear in the country, and  anybody who speaks against the government is threatened.”

(With inputs from ANI)

 

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