The main conspirators of the anti-CAA protests were like entertainers who resorted to “damrubaazi,” organising protests across Muslim-dominated areas, and poor people were used as cannon fodder, according to the prosecution, who was opposing former JNU student Umar Khalid’s bail plea in a UAPA case.
Anti-CAA protests were “created at Muslim-dominating areas, in poorest localities in Delhi, wanting to create a secular facade,” according to Special Public Prosecutor Amit Prasad, who testified before Additional Sessions, Judge Amitabh Rawat.
“When you make an announcement from the masjid, you identify the location, stage a sit-in protest, and… try to present a secular face by performing puja and having a pandit give a speech.”
The prosecution, while opposing former JNU student Umar Khalid’s bail in a northeast Delhi riots UAPA case on Friday, tried to draw parallels between the planning of the riots to that of the 9/11 terror attacks in the United States of America.
The SPP also read out chats between members of the Delhi Protests Support Group (DPSG), describing the group as “extremely sensitive.” Prasad argued that the group members deliberated over every decision, citing a discussion about a protest outside the Supreme Court with copies of the Constitution as an example.
He told the court that while there was much debate about keeping a copy of the Constitution, there was none when there was an incitement to violence in the workplace.
“The perpetrator of 9/11 never came to the United States.” The meeting of the conspirators took place in Malaysia. At the time, WhatsApp chats were not available. We now have documents proving that he was a member of the group. “There is reason to believe that violence will occur,” Prasad told the court. The issue for the accused, according to Prasad, was “not CAA-NRC, but you had to somehow embarrass the government and take steps that would reflect in international media.”
The prosecutor also spent a significant portion of his arguments arguing that Sharjeel Imam, a JNU student, was Umar’s mentor. Both of them were “two sides of the same coin,” he told the court.