Days after they took responsibility for making an attempt on JNU student leader Umar Khalid’s life, the Delhi Police Monday nabbed two men from Haryana. Darvesh Shahpur and Naveen Dalal had claimed to have attacked JNU student leader Umar Khalid outside Constitution Club in the national capital last week through a video message.
Police said the two were picked on Sunday wee hours and are being questioned to verify their claims.
A day after the attack on Khalid, the alleged shooters, in a video uploaded on social media, claimed that the attack was planned as an “Independence Day gift” to the nation and appealed to the police not to “harass” others. The two claimed that they would “surrender” at the ancestral house of Sikh revolutionary Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha in Sarabha village of Ludhiana on Friday, but they did not turn up.
The Delhi Police had been collaborating with the Haryana and Punjab police to track down the men. As per reports, on Friday, at least 30 policemen from Delhi, including a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team, were in Ludhiana to nab the duo. But they did not give in.
The police had tried to match the photos of the two with the attacker seen in the CCTV footage recovered from the spot. They had also recorded the statement of Khalid and other eyewitnesses in connection with the case. An case under section 307 (attempt to murder) and Arms Act has been registered.
Khalid was at Constitution Club to attend an event organised by an NGO, United Against Hate, when he was attacked. Contradictory claims have so far emerged on whether the gun jammed, or if the accused managed to fire a round in the air.
Incidentally, Khalid had sought police protection two months ago, citing threat to his life.