Former Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student leader Umar
Khalid was on Sunday arrested for his alleged role in the northeast Delhi riots earlier this year,
PTI reported quoting sources.

He was arrested under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) following 11 hours of interrogation and will be produced before a Delhi court on Monday. 

He was earlier questioned
by the Delhi Police Crime Branch on September 2 for his alleged role in the
riots. He was brought to the Sunlight Colony police office and questioned for
nearly two hours.

Khalid was booked
under the UAPA in a different
case related to the riots. He was also interrogated by the Delhi Police’s Special
Cell earlier over an alleged conspiracy behind the riots.  

On February
24, violence between supporters and protestors of the Citizenship Amendment Act
(CAA) spiralled out of control as communal clashes broke out in north-east Delhi. At least 53 people were
killed and another 200 were injured in those clashes.

The Delhi Police on Sunday said it was investigating the role of all individuals who allegedly took part in the riots and were part of a larger conspiracy in organising violence in the northeast Delhi and inciting communal passion and hatred amongst communities, an official statement stated.

According to the force, the Delhi Police has registered 751 FIRs in connection with communal riots that took place in the last week of February this year.

As far as the investigation is concerned, Delhi Police has carried it out meticulously in the most professional manner, officials said.

After collecting and collating all evidences, the investigation has been finalised in most of the important cases and the charge sheets have been submitted in the court for trial, the police also said, adding the riots also caused large-scale damage to both private and public properties.

So far, police have arrested 1,575 people in 751 cases. Over 250 chargesheets have been filed in the riots related cases in which 1,153 accused have been charge-sheeted.