Remember Umar Khalid? You saw him being berated by Arnab Goswami, the champion of Indian nationalism, live on TV.
Khaled is accused of raising anti-India slogans at the Jawaharlal Nehru University that has now snowballed into a nationwide controversy and cast aspersions on the ‘patriotism’ of many in India.
Leader of the Democratic Student Union (DSU), Khalid was the organiser of the controversial programme marking Afzal Guru’s and Maqbool Bhat’s death anniversaries.
It was during this programme that some students shouted ‘anti-India’ slogans calling for the destruction of India. That led to clashes between the slogan raising group and ABVP activists.
What happened next is known to everyone who follows the news.
The Centre arrested JNU students’ union leader Kanhaiya Kumar and charged him for sedition but there is no word on Khalid’s whereabouts.
But the media has been relentlessly reporting on Khalid’s purported ‘links’ with anti-India elements in Pakistan.
Zee News reports that 10 Kashmiri students had entered the JNU campus two days before the Afzal Guru event.
The channel reports that he planned to hold similar events at 18 universities across the country, including the Banaras Hindu University.
ABP reports that the Delhi Police blame Umar Khalid’s group for trying to create a “furore by sticking naked pictures of Hindu god and goddesses”.
According to the report, the Delhi Police had told the Home Ministry last year that they had apprised the JNU administration about these activities of the Democratic Student Union.
The group is accused of celebrating the killing of 76 CRPF jawans.
TV channels claimed that an Intelligence Bureau (IB) report had found Khalid’s links to terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed, the group led by Maulana Masood Azhar which was involved in the Pathankot attack on the Indian Air Force base.
The Hindu, however, quotes an unnamed IB source saying that the intelligence agency has not issued any such report.
Though the Delhi Police has filed a 4-page report on the activities of DSU, there is nothing on whether Kanhaiya Kumar raised anti-India slogans.