Ahead Of I-Day, Student Activist Umar Khalid Shot At In High-Security Lutyens' Delhi

He, however, escaped unhurt.

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student and activist Umar Khalid was shot at by an unidentified man in Delhi. The incident happened at the high-security central Delhi area on Monday. Khalid was supposed to attend an event called, ‘Towards a Freedom Without Fear’  in the Constitution Club of India on Rafi Marg. He, however, escaped unhurt.

According to an eye-witness’ account, a man wearing a white shirt pushed Khalid after which he fell down. The attacker opened fire at him but the bullet missed him. The unidentified attacker immediately fled from the spot.


Khalid, along with his fellow student activists, came into limelight in 2016 after a case of sedition was filed against him and others for organising an event against the hanging of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. Since then, he has received threats on multiple occasions. In the same year, his father filed a police complaint after he reportedly got a phone call “threatening to kill his son if he doesn’t leave the country.”

In June this year, Khalid himself filed a police complaint after receiving death threats from a man who identified himself as gangster Ravi Pujari.

Many student leaders and journalists took to Twitter to condemn the attack:


(With inputs from PTI)