The Hush Post: Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Umar Khalid was shot at by unknown man at the Constitution Club near Parliament, currently under a thick security cover.
However, Umar Khalid escaped unhurt, the police have said.
The student leader was at the venue to attend an event “Khauff Se Azaadi,” put together by an organisation named ‘United Against Hate.’
“There is an atmosphere of fear in the country, and anybody who speaks against the government is threatened,” he said after the attack.
Umar Khalid had filed a complaint alleging death threats in June.
“We were at a tea stall when a man in white shirt came, pushed and opened fire at him. Khalid lost his balance, fell down and the bullet missed him. We tried to catch the man. He fired in the air but when the pistol slipped off his hands, he fled, an eyewitness said.
Fellow JNU student and activist Shehla Rashid is shocked and worried. “Shocking and highly condemnable. I spoke to Umar. He’s okay, but we should be very very worried about his safety,” she tweeted.
Umar controversially became a known name and face after he participated in the rally in JNU in support of Afzal Guru. He was attacked from several quarters and called anti-national for participating in the rally.