Two detained in connection with shooting at Umar Khalid’s event

The two suspects detained by the police in connection with the August 13 shooting incident had claimed responsibility for the attack in a video.

Two detained in connection with shooting at Umar Khalid’s event

A special cell of Delhi Police has detained two people in connection with a shooting incident during a programme of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Umar Khalid. The two suspects detained by the police in connection with the August 13 shooting incident had claimed responsibility for the attack in a video.

In the video, the duo had identified themselves as Darwesh Shahpur and Naveen Dalal, claiming that the attack was supposed to be an "Independence Day gift" to the citizens. The police had launched an investigation into the claims and tried to verify the authenticity of the video, tracing the IP address from where it was uploaded.

"We respect our Constitution. But there is no provision in our Constitution to punish mad dogs. By mad dogs, we mean the JNU gang that is making the country weaker and their number is increasing. Our elders in Haryana have taught us that such people should be taught a lesson," on of the suspects had said in the video message.

The police had earlier released a picture of the shooting suspect, captured from CCTV footage. The picture was extracted from the footage of CCTV installed at the Vittalbhai Patel Road in New Delhi.

The man had reportedly fired the shot in air at the Constitution Club. In his statement to the police, Umar Khalid had on Monday said that the accused first pounced on him, and then pushed him as he fired in the air.

There was commotion at the spot after the shooting incident, following which the police took control of the situation. After discussing the sequence of events with Khalid, DCP Madhur Verma had said, “Umar Khalid said that he was attacked. Somebody pounced on him and pushed, thereafter he tried to fire at Khalid but couldn't. According to Khalid, the attacker fired in the air and was chased by people.”

The police had recovered the weapon used by the suspect. He had reportedly dropped the weapon while trying to flee the spot where the incident took place. The police has launched an investigation into the incident.

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