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Delhi riots: Court sends Umar Khalid to police custody for 10 days

A local court sent former JNU student leader Umar Khalid to police custody for 10 days on Monday after he was arrested under the stringent anti-terror law Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in a case related to the communal violence in northeast Delhi in February.

The development came after Delhi Police asked for his custody.

Khalid, who was arrested on Sunday night, was present before Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat through video conferencing.

Police said he needed to be “confronted” with huge amount of data.

In the FIR, police has claimed that the communal violence was a “premeditated conspiracy” which was allegedly hatched by Khalid and two others.

The students have also been booked for the offences of sedition, murder, attempt to murder, promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion and rioting.

The FIR accused Khalid of giving “provocative speeches” at two different places and appealed to the citizens to come out on streets and block the roads during the visit of US President Donald Trump to spread propaganda at international level about how minorities in India are being tortured.

In this conspiracy, firearms, petrol bombs, acid bottles and stones were collected at numerous homes, FIR claimed.

Co-accused Danish was allegedly given the responsibility to gather people from two different places to take part in the riots, police alleged. Women and children were made to block the roads under the Jafrabad metro station on February 23 to create tension amidst the neighbourhood people, FIR said.

Communal clashes had broken out in northeast Delhi on February 24 after violence between citizenship law supporters and protesters spiralled out of control leaving at least 53 people dead and around 200 injured.