Umar Khalid JNU student leader shot at in New Delhi, escapes unhurt

JNU student leader Umar Khalid escaped unhurt after an unidentified man shot at him in central Delhi on Monday.

The incident took place outside the Constitution Club in the heart of the city where he had come for an event titled ‘Khauff Se Azaadi’, organised by an organisation named ‘United Against Hate’. The assailant fled as Khalid’s associates tried to apprehend him.

According to an eyewitness, Khalid and some others were standing at a nearby tea stall when the man approached him, pushed him and opened fire with a pistol. However, the bullet missed as Khalid slipped.

The assailant then fired in the air and fled.

Khalid later said: “There is an atmosphere of fear in the country, and anybody who speaks against the government is threatened.”

Khalid was among the three Jawaharlal Nehru University students who were arrested in connection with an event held on February 9, 2016, on campus in which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised. He also faced action from the university.