NEW DELHI, AUGUST 13: An unidentified man opened fire at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) scholar Umar Khalid outside the Constitution Club here on Monday, police said. Khalid escaped unhurt.
The attack took place around 2.30 p.m. when Khalid was at a tea stall.
“According to Khalid and his friends, two men approached them. One of them with a pistol opened fire. The attackers then fled the scene. Khalid escaped unhurt,” said a police officer.
The officer said a pistol was recovered from the spot.
Khalid went to the Constitution Club to attend a “United Against Hate” programme.
According to an eyewitness, the man approached the student, fired and escaped. “We were at a tea stall when a man in white shirt came, pushed and opened fire at him. Khalid lost his balance, fell down and the bullet missed him. We tried to catch the man. He fired in the air but when the pistol slipped off his hands, he fled,” an eyewitness told news agency ANI.
Fellow JNU student and activist Shehla Rashid is shocked and worried. “Shocking and highly condemnable. I spoke to Umar. He’s okay, but we should be very very worried about his safety,” she tweeted.
Alleging death threats, Khalid had filed a complaint in June in which he had said that he was on the “hit list”.
“Filed a complaint with @DelhiPolice regarding Ravi Pujari’s death threat to Jignesh and me. He said that I am on his HIT LIST! I have asked for police protection, given the fact that this is the same person who had previously also issued similar threats of killing me in Feb 2016 (sic),” he had tweeted.
In 2016, Mr Khalid’s father Syed Qasim Illyas Rasool had filed a police complaint, claiming he received a phone call “threatening to kill” his son if he doesn’t leave the country.
The threat came around the time when the police were looking for Umar Khalid in connection with the sedition case filed against him, former JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar and Anirban Bhattacharya for allegedly organising an event against the hanging of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.