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Delhi Police release photo of JNU scholar Umar Khalid’s attacker

The man in the photograph is well-built with short hair, and wore a checked shirt and blue jeans during the incident.

delhi Updated: Aug 15, 2018 02:35 IST
Karn Pratap Singh
Karn Pratap Singh
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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A CCTV grab of the man who is believed to have attacked Umar Khalid.(HT Photo)

Delhi Police on Tuesday said they have obtained a photograph of the suspect who allegedly attacked Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) PhD scholar Umar Khalid outside the Constitution Club of India on Monday. Police said they also have received confirmation from Khalid that the man in the photo is the same who had attacked him.

“My friends and I were shown the CCTV grab. The man is the same,” said Khalid.

Police have circulated the images of the suspect among their investigators who are on the lookout for the man — a well-built man with short hair who was wearing a checked shirt and a blue jeans. The suspect has been caught on tape in at least seven CCTVs. Police traced the suspect up to Ashoka Road near the Parliament Street police station. A camera installed outside a bank shows him on the phone while walking towards Gurudwara Bangla Sahib.

Investigators are yet to confirm his identity and so far have questioned 40 people. An officer, associated with the probe, said that they are investigating if there is more than one person involved in the crime.

“We are collecting and analysing dump data of cellphones active on the location at the time.This could help us in identifying him,” said the officer.

On Tuesday, the special cell — anti-terror squad of Delhi Police — took over the probe from the local police after reports emerged that Khalid had received threats from fugitive underworld gangster Ravi Pujari and others like Amit Jani, a self-styled leader of the group Uttar Pradesh Navnirman Sena.

Special commissioner of police (special cell) MM Oberoi said police will probe the role all accused by Khalid of extending threats.

Police said they are awaiting ballistic report of the pistol to confirm if a shot was fired. Police had found a pistol, which they claimed was jammed and had six bullets intact.

“There are some who claim they heard gunshots. We did not recover any bullet shell from the spot,” said an officer.

The 7.65 mm bore pistol has images of fish on both side with the words — Made In India — carved on one side of the pistol’s barrel. “We found one finger print on the pistol’s trigger. But it is too small to help us match it with our database,” the officer said.

The JNU PhD scholar in his complaint told police that he had gone to the Constitution Club to attend a programme -‘Khauf se Azaadi’ (Freedom from fear) - on Monday.

Khalid said that at around 2.10 pm. he and his friends were walking towards the venue when a man pounced upon him from behind and tried to shoot him.

“...I kept pushing the weapon away from me. During this scuffle, when my friends came to my rescue, he fled,” Khalid told police.

First Published: Aug 15, 2018 02:35 IST