Umar Khalid Aimed To Blend Violent Islamism With Frontal Political Parties; Atheism Was A Pretence: Delhi Police Chargesheet

Umar Khalid Aimed To Blend Violent Islamism With Frontal Political Parties; Atheism Was A Pretence: Delhi Police ChargesheetDelhi police officials with former JNU student Umar Khalid. File photo. (Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Delhi police chargesheet in the northeast Delhi riots case says that Umar Khalid carried atheism only as a “pretence” and instead believed that “violent political Islam must be blended with frontal political parties to take on the Indian State”.

The chargesheet notes that Khalid “begrudgingly accepted the idea of India in 2016”, with a plan to break up India in 2020 where “all relations were based on the concept of Ummah, with total decimation of secular, national identities”.

The police says that Khalid has two “mutually reinforcing lines of thought”. One in which he followed the “template passed on to him in legacy by his father” and the second “being the ultra-left ideological space where he was trying to match up and at times overshadow the likes of Yogendra Yadav”.

The chargesheet also states that Khalid knew full well that “Indian Muslims will never subscribe to the perverted definition of Islam” and therefore used his political acumen to target Bangladeshi and Rohingya immigrants.

“Bangladeshi and Rohingya immigrants were the easiest to locate and use because of their socio-economic disadvantages and ghettoised living in the national capital” it read.

The chargesheet further says that Khalid was the “convergence point of the twin lines of Pan-Islamica and Ultra-Left anarchism which had incubated, nurtured and propagated the common conspiracy, all squarely aimed at violent subjugation of the Government”.

Police filed the chargesheet before Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat under relevant sections of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) on Sunday against Khalid, a “veteran of sedition”; Sharjeel Imam, a “detonator”; and Faizan Khan, accused of supplying of providing and activating a SIM card, which was used by the Jamia Coordination Committee.

They have been accused of rioting, unlawful assembly, criminal conspiracy, murder, promoting enmity on grounds of religion, language, caste, etc and other sections of the IPC.

The court took cognizance of the chargesheet on Tuesday, reports Indian Express.

About Imam, the chargehsheet says that his withdrawal from Shaheen Bagh protest site was under the pretext of a “classical Maoist strategy i.e. keep the movement mass based and derive individualism”.

“It is no wonder then that the dawn of a new year saw Sharjeel Imam donning new clothes and embarking on a journey across many states which saw registration of six FIRs against him, primarily for sedition and inciting communal hatred and establishing the name of Sharjeel Imam true to what he had earlier boasted to his own brother when he had returned ‘Hum dono hai mastermind’,” the chargesheet read.

It further stated that Imam’s “religious fanaticism” coupled with his academic legacy and sharp rhetorical skills was just the “perfect combination” that his mentor Khalid was looking to exploit.

Police further alleged that for the deeply communal Khalid, Imam was the “un-apologetic” floating froth of religious extremism who was to be used for executing the precipitation of conspiracy in the riots.

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