Monday, January 25, 2021
Home News Reports Congress leaders including Shashi Tharoor and Digvijaya Singh extend support to Delhi riots accused...

Congress leaders including Shashi Tharoor and Digvijaya Singh extend support to Delhi riots accused Umar Khalid

Congress leaders put their weight behind Delhi riots accused Umar Khalid.

Arrested Sunday late night on the charges of being one of the prime co-conspirators of the large-scale anti-Hindu riots that erupted in Delhi in February this year, former JNU student and ‘activist’, Umar Khalid has been sent to 10 days of police custody by the Karkardooma court. Khalid was arrested under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) after almost 11 hours of interrogation. 

The news of the arrest of the controversial ‘activist’ created a flurry amidst the assortment of ‘liberals’ who took to Twitter, to rant and rave about the arrest of Umar Khalid. Likewise, the Congress loyalists too have been shaken by the news of the arrest of the former JNU student, who also took to the microblogging site to express their vexations.

For liberal intellectuals, it is very tempting to blame Modi for anything and everything happening under the deep blue sky. Going by the penchant, Congress senior leader and Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor plunked the blame of the arrest of the ‘JNU scholar’ on the Modi government. Responding to a Tweet by Khalid’s father Syed Qasim Rasool Ilyas on the arrest of his son, Tharoor wrote: “PM says he welcomes criticism, but forgets to mention the cost of criticism to be paid by those who speak out. In today’s India, payback is only reserved to our own citizens, never against countries who actually question and challenge our sovereignty. #StandWithUmarKhalid.”

Shashi Tharoor’s tweet

Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh also Tweeted in support of the JNU student. This despite the fact that Khalid was arrested for his alleged role in collaborating the violence that swept across the northeast Delhi in February. It appalling that the senior Congress leader was giving credence to Harsh Mander, the ‘activist’, who himself has been named in the charge-sheet filed by the Delhi police explaining incidents leading to the North-east Delhi riots.

The charge sheet mentioned that on 16th December 2019, Harsh Mander visited the protest site and asked protesters not to believe or have faith in the Supreme Court of India. He incited the protestors by telling them that the only way to get justice is to fight the battle on the roads. 

Digvijaya Singh standing with Umar Khalid

Likewise, for the national spokesperson of Congress Salman Anees Soz, Umar Khalid, who’s accused of being involved in Delhi riots, was not the problem. The real problem for this shortsighted Congress loyalist, prevailed in the government and the judicial system of India.

Salman Anees Soz’s tweet

He also claimed that allegations of instigating riots is ‘dissent’.

The Congress IT cell member Srivatsa mourned Khalid’s arrest, alluding that he has been arrested because of his Muslim “name”, while the ‘real’ culprits are roaming freely. However, difficult it might be for these leftists to digest, but the fact is that while the FIR filed by Delhi police names Umar Khalid for hatching the conspiracy that led to the ghastly riots, there have been no charges against any of the names which Srivatsa otherwise mentions in his Tweet.

Congress IT cell teammate Srivatsa on Umar Khalid arrest

Congress IT cell worker Gaurav Pandhi, who too was profoundly agonised over the former JNU student’s arrest, elucidated how Khalid was actually a victim who was being portrayed as perpetrator.

Pandhi on Umar Khalid

Moreover, Congress leader Salman Khurshid also opined that invoking UAPA in cases of protests will have a “chilling effect” on democratic rights. Rajya Sabha MP and Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi and Former Law Minister and Congress bigwig Kapil Sibal also lamented the arrest of Umar Khalid alluding that the government was targeting the ‘victims’.  

“The manner in which the police seems to be investigating the Delhi riots establishes two things — the investigation process has been sullied and is proceeding in tandem with political considerations of the union government to brush under the carpet the complicity of those who started the riots and targeted people, and blame those who were the victims,” Indian Express quoted Kapil Sibal as saying.

These Congress leaders should probably be reminded that one of the prime accused in the Delhi riots case, former AAP councillor, Tahir Hussain, has named Umar Khalid as the one who introduced him to Khalid Saifi for planning the riots in the city.

Earlier, an FIR was registered against Umar Khalid which said that the Delhi Riots were a preplanned conspiracy that was hatched by the former JNU student and his associates. As part of the conspiracy, Umar Khalid is accused of giving provocative speeches at two different locations and appealing to people to take to streets during the visit of US President Donald Trump so that the propaganda that minorities are oppressed in India can be internationalized.

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

OpIndia Staffhttps://www.opindia.com
Staff reporter at OpIndia

 

Related Articles

Trending now

Impossible man: Why Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose cannot be appropriated by any party and what Indians can learn from him

Not just within the Indian political context, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose will make almost anyone uncomfortable

Sikkim: India foils China’s attempt to infiltrate, inflicts injuries on PLA soldiers in close combat

Besides 20 PLA soldiers, four Indian soldiers also reportedly sustained injuries in the clash at Naku La in Sikkim

BJP goes offensive in Bengal ahead of polls, includes ‘Jai Shree Ram’ slogan in its campaign video

By usuing 'Jai Shree Ram' BJP has officially blown the conch shells to announce battle against the dogmatic Mamata Banerjee

Uttar Pradesh: From Basant Panchami, students to get free coaching for competitive exams under Abhyudaya scheme

Under the CM Abhyudaya programme, students to get free coaching for competitive exams across the state

Donating for construction of Ram Mandir? Beware of these fraud UPI IDs

Beware of fraudsters. UPI IDs which are similar to the real UPI ID for Ram Mandir donation have propped up.

Here is why the Sikh regiment salutes twice during the Republic Day parade

In Delhi, Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib is built at the exact site where Guru Tegh Bahadur was executed.

Recently Popular

Professor who translated Rahul Gandhi’s “don’t need army if farmers are strong” speech in Erode faints after the speech: Reports

Muhammed Imran, who translated Rahul Gandhi's speech at Erode, collapsed after interpreting the speech from English to Tamil

‘I allow you housewives to have extra-marital affair with man of your choice’: Video of Mamata Banerjee’s ‘progressive’ speech goes viral

Mamata Banerjee says she is so "flexible" that she has given permission to housewives to have extra-marital affairs

‘Groping a minor without skin contact is not sexual assault’: Read details of the justification used by the Bombay High Court to deliver the...

The Bombay High Court in a recent verdict has ruled that groping without skin-to-skin contact is not sexual assault.

Gujarat Forest Dept to take legal action against Christian Evangelist Paul Dhinakaran over unauthorised use of the department’s logo

Website of Paul Dhinakaran claims of collaborating with the Gujarat Forest Department, a claim junked by the latter

The life and times of Vibhor Anand: A clown, fraud or simply deranged? The story of his descent into wild conspiracy theories

Vibhor Anand has spread bizarre conspiracy theories about the death of Sushant Singh Rajput and was arrested for it.
- Advertisement -

 

Republic under siege: How Congress, career-protestors, opposition parties and Khalistanis are setting the stage for violence

The Delhi Police has granted permission to farmer protesters for their tractor parade at the national capital on the 26th of January.

“I am Ram Bhakt first”: UP Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya donates 30-month salary for Ram Mandir

Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya handed over the amount to Champat Rai, secretary of Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, on January 23

Impossible man: Why Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose cannot be appropriated by any party and what Indians can learn from him

Not just within the Indian political context, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose will make almost anyone uncomfortable

Sikkim: India foils China’s attempt to infiltrate, inflicts injuries on PLA soldiers in close combat

Besides 20 PLA soldiers, four Indian soldiers also reportedly sustained injuries in the clash at Naku La in Sikkim

BJP goes offensive in Bengal ahead of polls, includes ‘Jai Shree Ram’ slogan in its campaign video

By usuing 'Jai Shree Ram' BJP has officially blown the conch shells to announce battle against the dogmatic Mamata Banerjee

Here are 4 steps that the Election Commission is taking ahead of West Bengal polls

Over one lakh paramilitary personnel to be deployed in West Bengal ahead of state elections.

80-year-old woman’s priceless contribution for Ram Mandir construction wins hearts

The Shree Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust had started its nation-wide funds collection campaign this month.

Uttar Pradesh: From Basant Panchami, students to get free coaching for competitive exams under Abhyudaya scheme

Under the CM Abhyudaya programme, students to get free coaching for competitive exams across the state

Donating for construction of Ram Mandir? Beware of these fraud UPI IDs

Beware of fraudsters. UPI IDs which are similar to the real UPI ID for Ram Mandir donation have propped up.

Here is why the Sikh regiment salutes twice during the Republic Day parade

In Delhi, Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib is built at the exact site where Guru Tegh Bahadur was executed.

Connect with us

245,563FansLike
496,912FollowersFollow
22,900SubscribersSubscribe