Women during a sit-in protest against CAA, NRC and NPR at Jaffrabad, in New Delhi, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020.   |  Photo Credit: PTI
New Delhi: Delhi police on Saturday arrested a student of Jamia Millia Islamia University in connection with riots that broke out in the national capital in February. The student was one of the media coordinators of the Jamia Coordination Committee.
The student has been identified as Safoora Zargar. He has been accused of organising anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protest in North-East Delhi’s Jaffrabad.
“Police have arrested the media coordinator of the Jamia Coordination Committee Safoora Zargar. Zargar is accused of organizing anti CAA protest in Jaffrabad in Delhi’s North-East district,” news agency ANI quoted Joint CP Alok Kumar.
The arrest comes days after a prominent student leader was arrested in relation to the Delhi violence. Meeran Haider, a PhD student of Jamia Millia Islamia was called for interrogation on Wednesday, April 1 by the special cell of Delhi Police at their office in Lodhi Colony. The police claimed Haider was arrested to probe a ‘larger conspiracy’.
Haider was later sent to 3-day police custody by a Delhi court.
The Jamia Coordination Committee (JCC), a group comprising students and alumni from the varsity, condemned the arrest and demanded his immediate release.
On February 24, the violence started when two factions – one supporting Citizenship (Amendment) Act and other opposing the law – came face to face in the Jaffrabad area. The clashes turned into a communal riot and the violence spiralled out of control on February 25 when it spread to Chand Bagh, Yamuna Vihar, Maujpur, Khajuri Khas and Brijpuri.
At least 53 people, including two police officers, were killed and more than 500 injured in the communal riots that went on for three days in the national capital.
According to the Union Home Ministry, a total of 3,304 persons have been arrested or detained in connection with riot-related cases.
The Special Cell of Delhi Police, which is probing the cases related to Delhi violence, members of Popular Fron of India (PFI) were allegedly provided logistical and financial support to rioters.