Umer Khalid says 'real culprits are hate mongers'

Umer Khalid says 'real culprits are hate mongers'

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Umar Khalid. PTI file photo

A day after he was allegedly attacked in Lutyens's Delhi, JNU student leader Umar Khalid today said the real culprits behind the attack are those who "have been breeding an atmosphere of hatred, bloodlust and fear".

In a Facebook post, he blamed the BJP spokespersons and the media who, he said, have called him a part of "tukde tukde gang". He shared a picture in which he is seen with journalist Gauri Lankesh, who was shot dead last September.

"With the repeated death threats against my life, and having seen the assassinations of one activist after the other in the last few years, I somehow knew that someday a gun may be turned against me too," he wrote.

"Dhabolkar, Kalburgi, Pansare, Gauri Lankesh…the list of assassinations has been ever-growing. But can I say that I was ready for this? Can anyone ever say that they are ready for such an eventuality for real? No," he said.

Khalid said the fact that he was attacked by an armed assailant in one of the most "high security" zones of the national capital two days before Independence Day proved how some people felt they enjoyed impunity under the current regime.

He said he did not know his attackers but added they were not the real culprits.

"The real culprits are those who from their seats of power have been breeding an atmosphere of hatred, of bloodlust and fear. The real culprits are those who have provided an atmosphere of complete impunity for assassins and mob lynchers," he said in a post on Facebook.

"The real culprits are those spokespersons of the ruling party and the prime time anchors and TV channels who have spread canards about me, branded me anti-national based on lies and virtually incited a lynch-mob against me," Khalid continued.

He said he had been made a victim of a media trial for the last two years without any evidence or charge sheet.

"Why is it that hashtags like "Tukde Tukde" has literally become a prefix to my name, whereas BJP leaders openly support those who say they will do "tukde tukde" of the country if a certain movie is released?" he asked.

Khalid sought security from the Delhi Police and claimed that in the last two years, whenever he had asked for police protection, he was given a "callous response".