Former JNU student Umar Khalid (Photo:ANI)

New Delhi [India], August 23 (ANI): The Delhi Police while opposing the bail plea of Umar Khalid before the Delhi High Court on Tuesday said that the PFI and others were behind the protest in Shaheen Bagh.

According to Delhi police, there are many elements of the conspiracy.

The court will hear the further arguments on August 25.

The Delhi High Court was hearing the bail plea of Umar Khalid, an accused in a larger conspiracy case of North East Delhi Violence of 2020. The trial court had rejected the bail plea.

The division bench of justices Sidharth Mridul and Rajnish Bhatnagar heard the arguments advanced by Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) Amit Prasad. The bench will hear further arguments on Thursday.

SPP Amit Prasad submitted before the court that the “DPSG” WhatsApp group was prominent in organising, controlling and mobilising the protests sites. Everything was reported to “DPSG” and was supervised and controlled by the senior members of the group, informed SPP.

SPP Prasad referred to the chat of the group to show that every small detail was deliberated and decision were taken thereafter. This shows how sensitive and aware this group was.

He said the first phase of protest at Shaheen Bagh failed due to non-mobilisation and the projection of it as Muslim-dominated.

In the context of conspiracy, the SPP said that he had argued on the first date that there were top conspirators and one of the conspirators was PFI.

He argued that during the second phase of the protest the organisers and supervisors were trying to keep the protest secular and women-dominated.

He also said the protest sites were not managed and supported by locals.

He referred to the chats which show that Natasha Narwal, a JNU student who was residing in the North campus area was a person of responsibility for the protest site at Seelampur.

SPP also referred to the chats which read that almost all the sites are in proximity of Muslim areas which will help the BJP to build up an anti-Hindu narrative. So try to mobilise more Hindus to the protest sites.

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