NEW DELHI — A video of incarcerated activist Khalid Saifi has gone viral on social media, which shows him in a wheelchair while his both legs are covered.
Khalid Saifi went into prison walking on his legs. He is spotted in 'custody' with broken fingers & legs. His only fault is being Muslim.
Adults & children in UP, Bihar.
Kashmir for years.
What about Dr Kafeel, Sharjeel Imam, Najeeb?
What about Komal Sharma & Akshat Awasthi?
— Sidrah (@SidrahDP) March 12, 2020
Saifi, a dedicated rights activist associated with United Against Hate, was arrested by police on a charge of attempt to murder, from Khureji protest sit-in site on February 26.
Khalid Saifi was arrested at Khureji Khas anti-CAA protest site on Feb 26. He was walking when he was taken by the police two weeks back. He now is wheelchair-bound with both legs in plaster.
Stop witch-hunting of Muslim activistshttps://t.co/G16Gew6NmL
— Aslah Kayyalakkath (@Aslahkvadakara) March 12, 2020
United Against Hate (UAH) is a group of citizens who work for the rights of minorities and promotes communal harmony among groups. However, home minister Amit Shah has alleged that the UAH’s call for protests during US President Donald Trump’s visit led to the Delhi violence last month. While speaking in Parliament, Shah said, “United Against Hate – the name sounds so pious; but look at what they advocated. They said, ‘(Donald) Trump is about to come, we should block the streets’. “
Witnesses have told the media that Khalid was essentially appealing to women anti-CAA protesters to move away from the main road, but police arrested him on “false accusations”. Ishrat Jehan who was the prominent protester at the sit-in was also arrested that day. She, along with Saifi continues to remain behind the bars.
The next day, they were sent to 14 days’ judicial custody and charged under under Section 307 (Attempt to murder).
The visuals that went viral have enraged netizens who have reacted sharply, slamming the police for witch-hunt.
Activist Khalid Saifi was arrested for one of the protests in Delhi. A doctor who has been protesting against the law is in jail for inciting violence. While non of the ruling party leaders have been touched.
— Saif Khalid (@msaifkhalid) March 12, 2020
The arrest coincided with the bloody violence that ensued in parts of north Delhi, leaving over 50 people dead, besides burnt homes, shops, cars and mosques.
Saifi, who actively participated in the anti-CAA protests from day 1, was attempting to pacify the gathering of women as the protesters were angry over the inaction of the police against the mobs that made war-cries at them. Even at the time of his arrest, a video showed Saifi discussing something with the cops. The police broke CCTV cameras, tore down the tent and posters when they arrested Saifi and Jehan.
He Is khalid Saifi @KSaifi
He Didn't Give Any Provoked Speech
Police Arested Him Because Being Anti CAA Protectors! He Was Not Able To Walk
There Are Many Who are Feeling These Tortures & Inhuman Behavior.
— Gulbarga Temperature (@GulbargaTemper1) March 12, 2020
The twitterati is concerned that the police tortured Saifi while in police custody. Allegations have surfaced over the past few days that the police is committing rights abuses against Muslims after they are detained arbitrarily.
Remember! Sharjeel Imam, Dr Kafeel Khan, Khalid Saifi, Ishrat Jahan, Danish are all still in jail. The murderers of RSS and those who gave the call for the killings are still roaming free.
— Sabnawaz Ahmad (@SabNawaz_10) March 12, 2020
The people also ask why the police have failed to arrest the Hindutva goons who barged into JNU campus and beat up students and teachers on January 5.