Witch-Hunt On, Social Activist Khalid Saifi Named in Third FIR Related to Delhi Riots

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Khalid Saifi

Clarion India

NEW Delhi – A social activist, Khalid Saifi, who has been at the forefront of anti-CAA agitation, has been booked in the third FIR related to Delhi riots. His group, United Against Hate, through a press statement, confirmed that the Delhi Police booked him in the fresh FIR and sent him to police custody on Sunday,.

“Delhi Police yesterday booked Khalid Saifi in a third FIR related to the Delhi riots. He was booked afresh under FIR 101, under Khajuri Khas PS. under section 109, 114, 147, 148, 149, 186, 353,427,435,436,454,34 IPC. He has been sent to 2 days of police custody at STF, Crime Branch, Sunlight Colony, New Delhi,” said the UAH in the statement.

Saifi was arrested on February 26 when communal violence was going on in Delhi’s Jafferabad area. When arrested he was physically in a good condition. But when he was produced in the court, he was not able to even walk. UAH activists said he was tortured in custody.

Talking about the sufferings Saifi faced in the custody, the UAH said “After being brutally tortured, he was taken into custody. Since then police has booked him under two more FIRs. They are desperate to frame him as a conspirator in Delhi riots case. Khalid Saifi is a diabetic patient and only earning member in his family and his wife and kids are completely dependent on him. Yet to expect any humanitarian treatment from the Delhi Police who are constantly targeting and framing anti-CAA activists in false cases of Delhi riots, is quite far-fetched”.

Condemning “the nefarious design” of the Delhi Police to frame the anti-CAA activists, the UAH said, “We are confident that their conspiracy will fall flat and all the anti-CAA activists who have been wrongfully incarcerated will be proved innocent by the courts. Our resistance against the draconian and discriminatory CAA will meanwhile continue.”

Apart from Saifi, many anti-CAA activists, including pregnant Jamia student Safoora Zaragar, have been arrested by the Delhi Police in connection with the Delhi violence. Many of them are booked under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) an anti-terror law. The civil society termed these arrests as a brutal witch-hunt of dissenters and activists.

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