Umar Khalid attack: Police track phone number used to send threats to Jignesh Mevani, Shehla Rashid

The Delhi Police has started to track the phone number which was used to send threats to Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani and JNU student Shehla Rashid after popular JNU student leader, Umar Khalid was shot at. He escaped, unhurt.

According to sources in the Delhi Police Special Cell, it is being probed whether the number is registered in a foreign country. “We will contact the service provider… to ascertain which country the messages came from,” said a police officer. Police sources said once they identify the country, they can access the details of the user.

The messages were sent to Rashid and Mewani in June and in August. The sender had claimed to be Indian gangster Ravi Pujary. The sender had told Mewani that he would harm Khalid.

Khalid told The Indian Express, “I was called today to the Special Cell office in Lodhi Road for both cases and the security issue. I was made to submit another application regarding security. They again said they will assess the threat and get back to me. With regard to this case, I was taken to the spot and made to recount the whole incident.”

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Sources said Pujari’s location has been switching between Vietnam, Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand over the past few months. “His last location was traced to Australia, but he changes numbers frequently,” said the officer.

Earlier, JNU student leader Umar Khalid was shot at under a thick security cover by an unidentified man at the Constitution Club near Parliament. Police said that he is unhurt.

The leader was at the Club to attend an event, “Khauff Se Azaadi”, organised by ‘United Against Hate’. “There is an atmosphere of fear in the country, and anybody who speaks against the government is threatened,” he said after the attack.

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