JNU student leader Umar Khalid was shot at today outside the Constitution Club in New Delhi around 2:00 p.m by an unidentified man but no one was injured in the incident.
He was there to attend the event titled ‚ÄòTowards A Freedom Without Fear,‚Äô the man aimed the bullet at him as he was just about to enter the mansion .
After the attack, fellow JNU student and activist Shehla Rashid tweeted
Shocking and highly condemnable: a guy attacked Umar Khalid from behind and tried to shoot him in Delhi. This is the direct result of hatred whipped up by Republic TV & other hate media. I spoke to Umar. He's okay, but we should be very very worried about his safety.
— Shehla Rashid (@Shehla_Rashid) August 13, 2018
Khalid told The Quint. ‚ÄúJust five minutes ago, there was an attempt to kill me. A person came with a gun, tried to overpower me, tried to shoot me down. Thankfully, my friends were there with me, who tried to overpower him in return. He ran away and he fired from across the road.‚Äù
‚ÄúWhat has happened in the last two years is that there has been such a disinformation, hateful, propaganda campaign that has been spread by some media houses, by troll armies of the ruling party, where anyone who opposes the present government, who questions the present government, they are branded anti-nationals, they are branded all kinds of things, and then anything can be done to them. I was very scared in that moment when he pointed the gun at me. In that moment I was being reminded of what happened to Gauri Lankesh, and I thought that moment has arrived. I‚Äôm really thankful to my friends who were present there that they could overpower him and I survived.‚Äù Khalid added.
This incident occurred in a high security just only two days before the independence day.