Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) research scholar Umar Khalid had a narrow escape when he was allegedly attacked by an unidentified man at the Constitution Club in the high-security area near Parliament. However, the JNU student leader escaped unhurt from the incident. According to the police, the attacker dropped the weapon on the spot and fled in order to escape the police.
Evidently, the alleged attack took place in one of the most secured areas of the capital on the eve of Independence Day when Umar Khalid was going into the Constitution Club complex. He was there to attend a conference named “Khauff Se Azaadi” (Freedom From Fear). Seemingly, the police are investigating into the matter while a case of attempt to murder has been registered by the Delhi Police.
According to media reports, the police officer has seized the weapon from the spot. However, the police officers are yet to ascertain whether shots were fired or not since there were no empty cartridges found on the spot of the attack. Surprisingly, a preliminary forensic examination suggests that the pistol had jammed.
While addressing the media, Umar Khalid said:
“I was returning after having tea. One person came from behind, pushed me down and tried to fire at me. I ran for my life. He fled from there. I could not see the face of the attacker. It’s ironic that it happened as I have come to participate in an event against mob lynching. There is an atmosphere of fear. If you speak against the government you will be branded and then anything could happen to you.”
Two months before the incident, the JNU leader claimed that his life was in danger after he received death threats from the gangster Ravi Pujari. Umar Khalid also requested the police for special security in the matter.
Nevertheless, Umar Khalid posted a tweet on his social media account in retaliation for the attack. In the tweet, he compared his attack to the attack on the renowned journalist Gauri Lankesh. Take a look:
They can’t scare us into silence, a lesson I learnt from Gauri Lankesh!
(Detailed response in the morning). pic.twitter.com/MJbtPK5El4
— Umar Khalid (@UmarKhalidJNU) August 13, 2018
While the incident has gained a momentum among the citizens of the country, people took it to their social media accounts to express their feelings about the attack on Umar Khalid.
Among the netizens who have tweeted in support for Umar Khalid is the popular Bollywood actor Swara Bhaskar who is infamous for voicing her opinions in controversial issues like these. She posted a message on her Twitter account questioning the society while calling it an anarchic state in which people are not safe for raising their views.
Take a look at her tweet:
What are we becoming?!???!? A lawless anarchic state of affairs.. so damaging to our institutions and credibility at a responsible State. Even if you don’t like umar’s views! 🙄 in solidarity! #UmarKhalid https://t.co/XY35MWmx9l
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) August 13, 2018
But to her very surprise, Twitterati brutally lashed out at the actress for supporting Umar Khalid in the incident. From pointing at her masturbation scene to calling her an attention seeker, people have posted the worst of hate comments for Swara Bhaskar.
Here are a few of the tweets slamming Swara Bhaskar:
Really ? What are we becoming?????????A bedroom scene path breaking scene could be posed in front of public, could feel ashamed by playcard of Hindustani, could shown Devisthan as Rape place ?So damaging our harmony,image & peace of nation? Do we really care? Do V r responsible?
— मुमुक्षु🚩 (@Pratyangira1) August 13, 2018
People are abusing her!
Swara ka chance gaya rone ka, Kutiya ko koi lead role to deta nahi bas kahi pe bhi muu chala leti hai.
— Vijay Garkal (@garkalvijay) August 13, 2018
Gaand pe goli lagni chahiye thi saale ko.. hagna, baithna sab band ho jaata.. lekin hagta to muh se hai…
— Mayank Dobhal (@mayanknl91) August 13, 2018
What do you have to say Swara?
Well Swara, when right wingers will be caught with guns and bombs and parts to make more bombs and guns, will anarchy be far away then ?
— pradeip nanda (@nanda_pradeip) August 13, 2018
Really sad that this was done by some amateur… Best of luck next time
— Satish Mylavarapu (джихадистскую охотник) (@SatishMylavara1) August 13, 2018
Nothing more to say!
O auntie!!! सारा दिन ‘हमें चाहिए फैलाने की आज़ादी’ .. ‘हमें चाहिए चिलाने की आज़ादी’ चिल्लाते रहते हो.. अब किसी ने आज़ादी से गोली चलाई तो इतना हाय तौबा क्यों मचा रहे || हम निंदा करते हैं वह बच कैसे गया ||
— SANGAM CHAURASIYA (@SANGAM_NP) August 13, 2018
Why are you silent?!
@ReallySwara what about those BJP people who are killed in Kerala and Bengal on regular basis, why no one is raising their voices for those killings? Also what about the Bengal lady who along with her daughter were thrashed for supporting BJP? @bash_aks @veeradutta_engg
— Srinivas Kulkarni (@shrismail) August 14, 2018
Use common sense!
Back you claim with proper evidence you Bollywood scum, Eye witnesses say that anti-national bastard @UmarKhalidJNU wasn’t even there when that happened, and you think the shooter would left the gun there? Use some common sense may be, if you have any.
— ०शुभम गोस्वामी० (@shustrong7) August 13, 2018
Its all game plan of people like u who can do anything for publicity how u said Pakistan is better then Paris in Pakistan just get 2 3 clap……people like r cancer to this country.
— Prof. Sukumar H Naik (@NaikProf) August 13, 2018
What a hypocrisy!
Yes we r in India where comi and TMC goons beheaded RSS and BJP workers but we pidis remain mum and not blame states.
What a hypocrisy
— rajesh vala (@rajeshvala4) August 13, 2018
You don’t have guts & personality to become lead actress, So by entering in any issue you r trying to get cheap publicity, What is u r opening on JNU slogans? If u have guts then reply me. #UmarKiSister.
— Vijay Garkal (@garkalvijay) August 13, 2018
Ek kutte par goliya kya chali sari kutia bahar aane lgi
— Pradeep rajput 🇮🇳 (@pk_rajput56) August 13, 2018
Its a message to @UmarKhalidJNU , shut mouth or we will shoot you like gauri lankesh
— Drtahirnagori (@Drtahirnagori1) August 14, 2018
Why! Oh, why?!
OH poor @ReallySwara see what you have done @UmarKhalidJNU you did a Beautiful drama and ur friend who was Masturbating could not come becos of you. Such a frustrating tweet Now that we all know it was a well staged drama @ReallySwara pls come…🕉🙏🏻#masturbationqueen
— K.M.S 🚩RSS🚩 (@JAI_SHREE_RAM33) August 14, 2018
Who is we?! please don’t include my name as an Indian. Just because somebody out of his hatred tried to commit a crime you want you utilize that opportunity to blame the entire country?! Shameless woman! Crimes happen everyday. Hatred happens everyday! Since times immemorial.
— Vikram Malhotra (@vikme2000) August 14, 2018
Recently, the Veere Di Wedding actress became the target of trolls for her derogatory comments against the Indian Army. It seems like she has become the favorite of social media trolls.