Hous after Jawaharlal Nehru University student activist Umar Kahlid was attacked by an unidentified man Delhi’s Constitution Club at an event, he has asked the Delhi Police to provide him high security. Khalid was scheduled to attend an event titled ‘Towards a Freedom Without Fear’ which was organised by United Against Hate Initiative. “I was having tea with some friends at the stall right outside Constitution Club when a hefty man came from behind and grabbed my neck with his arms,” Khalid told Indian Express.
Kahlid added that he has received threats in the past as well, but this was the 1st time there was an attempt to kill him. Following the incident, he has demanded police protection. Khalid came to light February 2016 after he faced seditious charges along with then JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar for allgedly organising a protest event against the judicial killing of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat in the campus.
Khalid hogged headlines recently as well after a fresh row erupted 2 weeks ago after the JNU administration refused to accept his PhD submission. To which, he responded that he will fight back and all this is happing since he is a staunch critic of the ruling dispensation.
Earlier, after the assassination of Banglore-based journalist Gauri Lankesh, Khalid had said that she was a strong supporter of the JNU movement and her assassins’ bullets would not silence her ideas.