JNU former-student leader Umar Khalid escaped unhurt after being shot in New Delhi on Monday. Apparently, an unidentified man opened fire at Umar Khalid outside the Constitution Club of India, near Parliament.
An eyewitness to the incident claimed Khalid had arrived at the spot to join a protest against mob lynching incidents and women's safety issues. He claimed Khalid was with a group at a tea stall when the attacker approached him and opened fire, but missed him. Khalid's supporters tried to chase the attacker, who dropped the gun and fled.
Further details are awaited.
Khalid had hit the headlines in 2016 when he, along with another student leader Kanhaiya Kumar, was arrested for allegedly shouting anti-India slogans at the JNU campus. In June this year, Khalid lodged a police complaint claiming he was receiving threats from Ravi Pujari, who had reportedly also threatened him in 2016.
Reacting to the incident, Shehla Rashid, another student leader from JNU, claimed to have spoken to Khalid and claimed he was "okay, but very worried about his safety". She also blamed some media organisations for the incident, tweeting it was a "direct result of hatred whipped" by them.