Delhi court sends Umar Khalid to 14-day judicial custody

New Delhi (ILNS): The Patiala House Court, Delhi has sent Jawaharlal Nehru University alumnus leader Umar Khalid to 14 days judicial custody in a case related to communal violence in north-east Delhi in February. Along with this, the Court directed the jail authorities to provide him adequate security.

Metropolitan Magistrate Dev Saroha ordered this judicial custody. Earlier, he was produced before the Court at the end of the period of police custody in a case related to riots in Khajuri Khas area. The court directed the jail superintendent to take adequate precautions and provide adequate security to Khalid.

Khalid had been earlier sent to police custody for three days in the case. Khalid was arrested under the strict anti-terrorism law – the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. This is a separate case related to the big conspiracy in the riots in north-east Delhi.

Khalid, through his lawyer Trideep Pais, pleaded for adequate security in jail, so that he would not suffer any harm during judicial custody. The petition requested that Khalid be allowed to communicate with his family, friends and relatives as per the jail rules.

Khalid also said that he has not signed any statement or document during police custody. The Court directed the jail superintendent to provide the facilities sought in the application as per the jail manual.

Umar Khalid was arrested by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police in another case on October 1 and had obtained the three-day police remand. Khalid was sent to judicial custody till October 22 in the UAPA case.

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