‘Arrest of Khalid Saifi is blatantly illegal,’ rights activists demand release of Saifi

Delhi based activist and founding member of United Against Hate, a collective against fascists Khalid Saifi has been sent to judicial custody for 14 days.

Saifi was detained on Wednesday from the Khureji Khas anti-CAA protest site where he was actively involved. He has been accused under IPC Sec 307 (Attempt to Murder).

The sit-in protest at Khureji Khas against CAA has been cleared and protesters were brutally attacked by the Delhi Police on Wednesday. Protesters at the site have tweeted visuals showing police personnel dismantling the tent where the anti-CAA sit-in protest had been ongoing for the last few weeks.

Saifi, who was there at the site, is a founding member of United Against Hate, the organization that has been tirelessly offering relief to victims of hate since 2017.

“I am hearing the news that he has been brutalized, tortured in custody,” his friends posted on social media.

“The arrest of Khalid Saifi is blatantly illegal and nothing but an attempt by this cowardly regime to impose collective punishment on Muslims. We won’t give up without a fight,” journalist Aditya Menon tweeted.

“While rioters enjoy a free run on the streets, those who have been organizing protests are being fabricated in false cases. One of the most courageous persons I know, Khalid Saifi who was part of the Khureji protest has been arrested. The charges against him, that include the attempt to murder, are extremely ridiculous. Today morning, when the police came to destroy the protest site, he went there to calm the situation. He was picked up, tortured by the police in custody, and has now been sent to jail for 14 days,” activist Umar Khalid says.

Many including Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO) have demanded the immediate release of Khalid Saifi.

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