JNU student Umar Khalid shot at in Delhi, escapes unhurt
An unidentified man opened fire at Jawaharlal Nehru University student Umar Khalid outside Constitution Club of India in New Delhi on Monday, reports said.
Khalid escaped unhurt, reported ANI news agency.
Khalid, a popular student leader, was at the venue to attend an event “Khauff Se Azaadi” (Freedom from fear), put together by an organisation named ‘United Against Hate’, reported NDTV.
“There is an atmosphere of fear in the country, and anybody who speaks against the government is threatened,” the report quoted Khalid as having said after the attack.
“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.
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.