New Delhi: Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Umar Khalid’s father Syed Qasim Ilyas on Friday said that if the Home Minister of the country guarantees his son’s safety then he will ask Umar to surrender.
Umar who was accused of chanting slogans for independence of Kashmir and also for remarks in support of terrorist Afzal Guru remains missing after anti-national protest took place in JNU a few days ago.
Earlier during the day, Khalid’s father said that his son was being victimised because he is a Muslim as police strengthen cases whenever they see a muslim face.
He also made an appeal to his son to come out and face the law, adding that there were several others who are involved in this controversy but it was Khalid who is continuously targeted and called the mastermind of the incident in JNU.
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Ilyas said that his son is an atheist who never believed the religious practices followed by his family. Khalid even had many run-downs with his father regarding this matter.
An Intelligence Bureau (IB) report said that Umar Khalid was linked to Jaish-e-Mohammad and that the Pro-Afzal and anti-India event was masterminded by him.
The JNU controversy erupted after a group of students organized a cultural evening to mourn the hanging of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which some students raised anti-India slogans. ABVP students protested against the cultural evening after which a political fight escalated in the capital.
An FIR was filed against the cultural event organizers following which the police took JNUSU president into three-day custody.