After Jignesh Mevani, JNU student leader Umar Khalid claims of receiving death threat from fugitive gangster Ravi Pujari

JNU student leader Umar Khalid has filed a complaint with the Delhi Police that he and Gujarat's independent MLA Jignesh Mevani had received death threats from a man who identified himself as fugitive gangster Ravi Pujari, a senior official said on Saturday.

The student leader had tweeted on Friday saying that he was on Pujari's hit-list and has sought police protection. Khalid however, later clarified that he has not received any call himself till now but was informed by Mevani of the same.

"Mevani has been receiving death threats for the last two-three days. In one of the calls he received, the caller had mentioned my name too. He had mentioned that if we don't stop giving speeches we would be killed. Mevani informed me and I approached the police. A case has been registered and they said that they will do a threat assessment and take a call on providing police protection," Khalid told PTI.

Mevani had alleged on Friday that he has received death threats from Pujari.

Umar Khalid

A file photo of Umar Khalid. AFP

On Friday, Khalid approached the police with a complaint over the threats and a case was registered, the police official said, adding that they are investigating the matter.

When asked whether the calls were being received in relation to the arrests made by the Pune Police on 6 June in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence, he said, "I am not aware about the context. Pujari has not mentioned that he was calling in that context. I don't feel it is a coincidence that the calls (to Mevani) started coming from that day (when the arrests were made)."

Elgar Parishad, organised to commemorate 200 years of the Koregaon Bhima battle, was held on 31 December at Shaniwarwada. It was attended by Mevani, Khalid along with Rohit Vemula's mother Radhika Vemula and Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh president Prakash Ambedkar.

On 7 June, journalist Barkha Dutt alleged that she received threats from sections of the BJP. She, however, didn't file any complaint. In May this year, journalist Ravish Kumar alleged to have received death threats by trolls after a fake quote was attributed to him.

In 2016, Khalid's father Syed Qasim Illyas Rasool had filed a police complaint, claiming he received a phone call "threatening to kill" his son if he doesn't leave the country.

The previous incident happened when when the police was looking for Khalid in connection with the sedition case filed against him, former JNU students' union president Kanhaiya Kumar and Anirban Bhattacharya for allegedly organising an event against the hanging of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

Previously, journalist Gauri Lankesh and scholar MM Kalburgi were shot dead after receiving similar death threats from Hindu radicals. According to reports, the same gun was used to kill both.

With inputs from agencies

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Updated Date: Jun 09, 2018 15:40:46 IST

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