In a four-minute video being circulated on WhatsApp, the two young men said they ‘wanted to give gift on Independence Day’
NEW DELHI: Showing ‘boldness’ two young men have released a self-made video wherein they claim responsibility for the gun attack on JNU student leader Umar Khalid. In the four-minute video being circulated on WhatsApp, they say they ‘wanted to give gift on Independence Day’. They have also asked police not to harass innocents.
One of them, who resembles the suspect whose CCTV image was released by the Delhi Police, is holding Tiranga in his hand and says they would “surrender at the house of Sikh revolutionary Kartar Singh Sarabha on August 17.”
Kartar Singh Sarabha was a Sikh revolutionary who died in 1915. The village of his birthplace, Sarabha, falls in Punjab’s Ludhiana district.
JNU research scholar Umar was attacked by an armed assailant just outside the Constitution Club, less than one km from the Parliament House in the high-security zone of Delhi, on Monday afternoon. He was pushed from behind by the attacker and as he took out pistol, Umar’s friends standing nearby shouted and rushed to save him. The attacker fled the spot while allegedly firing in the air. He also dropped the gun on the road.
In the video, they claimed, “by attacking Khalid we wanted to give a gift to the people on the occasion of Independence Day.” The two men identified themselves as Sarvesh Shahpur and Naveen Dalal and appealed to the police not to “harass” others for the attack.
The Delhi Police Special Cell has reportedly launched a manhunt to nab the two young men.
“If their claim found to be corroborative, they will be arrested,” a police officer from the Special Cell told the Indian Express.
Umar had gone to the Constitution Club to attend a program titled “Khauf Se Azadi”, which was organized by a group called United Against Hate. The program was held as per the schedule and eminent figures including Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan, Delhi University’s Prof. Apoorvanand Jha besides mothers of missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, 16-year-old Junaid (who was lynched in train in 2017) and wives of lynching victims Alimuddin Ansari and Pehlu Khan attended the event.
Talking to media minutes after the murder attempt on him on Monday, Umar had said: “A person came and tried to overpower me. Thankfully my friends were there. They tried to overpower him. He ran and fired from across the road. What has happened in the last two years is that such a disinformation propaganda and hateful campaign spread across by certain media houses by troll army of the ruling party that anyone who opposes the present govt. and questions its policies is branded anti-national.”