An unidentified man opened fire at JNU student Umar Khalid outside the at Constitution Club of India in New Delhi on Monday afternoon, August 13. Khalid was unhurt. The incident took place when the student-activist had arrived at the club to attend an event titled ‘Towards a Freedom Without Fear’, which was organised by an organisation named ‘United Against Hate’.
Reacting to the incident, JNU scholar said that people who speak against the ruling dispensation are threatened. There is an atmosphere of fear in the country, and anybody who speaks against the government is threatened,” Khalid added. More details awaited.
In 2016, the student leader along with Kanhaiya Kumar and Anirban Bhattacharya were booked for sedition and were taken into custody for reportedly organising a campus-based event on Afzal Guru, who was convicted for his role in the 2001 Parliament attack.
Shehla Rashid Shora, former vice-president of the JNU Students Union, condemned the incident saying it was ‘shocking and highly condemnable.’She tweeted, saying that she spoke to Umar. He’s okay, but all of us should be very very worried about his safety.