India: Student leader Umar Khalid arrested in connection with February’s Delhi riots

A well known student leader in India, Umar Khalid was arrested in connection with February’s deadly riots in Delhi.

The Delhi police alleged that Khalid was a “key conspirator” in the riots. Khalid is one among several prominent activists and student leaders who have been arrested.

Human rights groups say that many activists, mostly Muslims, have been unfairly targeted, but the government and police deny these allegations.

Religious riots broke out in February between protestors for and against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), a controversial citizenship law.

The law, often called anti-Muslim sparked massive protests across India after it was passed last year. One such demonstration in Delhi turned violent and it soon took on religious overtones. The rioting continued for three days, leaving more than 50 people dead.

Recently, an Amnesty International report recently said that Muslims were disproportionately targeted in the riots.

Khalid was also arrested in 2016 on charges of “sedition”, along with another fellow student leader, Kanhaiya Kumar, for allegedly shouting “anti-India” slogans.

They both denied the charges and were released on bail.