New Delhi, June 9: A day after Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani alleged to have received a threat via phone call from gangster Ravi Pujari, activist Umar Khalid filed a complaint with the Delhi Police, claiming to have received a death threat from a person who identified himself as Ravi Pujari.
Khalid approached the police on Friday. Apart from registering an FIR, he also sought enhanced police protection. Here is what Khalid tweeted after filing the complaint:
Filed a complaint with @DelhiPolice regarding Ravi Pujari's death threat to Jignesh and me. He said that I am on his HIT LIST! I have asked for police protection, given the fact that this is the same person who had previously also issued similar threats of killing me in Feb 2016.
— Umar Khalid (@UmarKhalidJNU) June 8, 2018
Khalid, along with Mevani, stoked controversy earlier in the year with their participation in the Elgar Parishad, an event organised at the outskirts of Pune to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Bhima-Koregaon battle -- when a largely Mahar regiment of British Army defeated the Peshwas, whom the Dalit recall as "caste oppressors".
Khalid last made headlines in 2016 after he disappeared from the Jawaharlal Nehru University after allegedly organising an on the death anniversary of Afzal Guru, the Kashmiri professor convicted for his role in the 2001 Parliament Attack. Guru was hanged in 2013.