The Delhi Police has compared the alleged plot of the February 2020 communal riots to the 9/11 terror attack in the US while opposing the bail plea of former Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Umar Khalid.
During the hearing on Friday, Special Public Prosecutor Amit Prasad accused Khalid of conspiring to organize a meeting and monitoring the site of a protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. He said protests were planned and tested anywhere by making secular protest a ‘mask’.
Opposing Omar’s bail plea before Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat, the prosecutor said that just before 9/11 happened, all those involved in it reached a special place and took training. A month before that they went to their respective places. The same thing happened in this case as well.
He further said that the context of the 9/11 episode is very relevant. The man behind 9/11 never went to America. The conspiracy was done by meeting in Malaysia. WhatsApp chats were not available at that time. Today we have documents available that he was part of the group. This is grounds to show that violence was about to take place.
Prasad further told the court that the issue of the 2020 protests was not the CAA or the National Register of Citizens (NRC) but to embarrass the government and take such steps that it may make headlines in the international media.
On the closing date of the hearing, the prosecutor told the court that all the protest sites were chosen because of their proximity to mosques, but were named for a purpose of secularism. Khalid and several others were booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and accused of being the ‘mastermind’ of the riots. 53 people were killed and over 700 were injured in the riots.