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JNU: Who is Umar Khalid whose story has many hits and misses?


The Delhi police is on the look out for Umar Khalid, a student at the JNU on the allegation that he had organised the event to protest to hanging of Afzal Guru.

There is a lot of news especially on the social media doing the rounds about Khalid who is the son of Dr S Q R Ilyasi, who is a member of the All India Muslim Law Personal Board.

Umar Khalid

The Delhi police has issued a look out circular against Khalid. Delhi police officials say that he is the one who had asked for permission to host the event, but was denied.

We need to question him before we can conclude anything, Delhi police officials also told OneIndia. [JNU row: Look out circular and no fly order against 3 students]

Who is Umar Khalid?

When the name of Khalid started doing the rounds, it was alleged that there were 800 calls made from his cell phone. [JNU row: 800 phone calls relating to Afzal Guru event under scanner]

These calls were allegedly made to Pakistan and Bangladesh. However none in the Delhi police confirm this. When asked about it, they say they are investigating, but there is nothing to suggest that so many calls had been made. As we pointed out we are still investigating, the officer said.

Umar Khalid is a PhD student at the School of Social Sciences at the JNU. The police had said that he is a leader of the Democratic Student's Union at the JNU. His father Dr Ilyas however points out that Khalid was earlier associated with the DSU, but had resigned sometime back. [My son is not a traitor, says father of Umar Khalid, alleged organiser of Afzal Guru event]

Khalid hails from Maharashtra originally. However, the family had left the state 35 years back and shifted to Delhi. They stay at the Jamia Nagar today. Khalid who hails from a staunch Muslim has declared himself as an atheist.

He has raised several issues in the past as well which includes farmer and tribal related problems. He has also done field work at Jharkhand with the tribals.

The police say that he is the one who had applied for permission to hold the Afzal Guru event. The Delhi police say that the event took place despite permission being denied.

The police also say that according to JNU student leader Kanaihya Kumar, it was Khalid who had organised the programme. On the charges of anti national slogans being raised, the Delhi police is still ascertaining whether it actually happened.

There are 8 videos in circulation and each one has a different story to tell. While most of the videos are said to have been doctored, the police will seek the help of the forensic sciences laboratory to ascertain the same.

In addition to this some news channels started to air the news that Khalid had gone to Pakistan and was a sympathiser of the Jaish-e-Mohammad and the Lashkar-e-Tayiba. The channels had quoted some intelligence bureau officials.

However, both the Home Ministry as the IB have denied issuing any such news or alert. He does not have a passport, officials and his family members say. There is no confirmation of any link with terrorist organisations home ministry officials say.

Officials say that the Delhi police will need to question him before any of these facts are ascertained. His family is planning on moving the court seeking anticipatory bail.

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