A video message recorded by activist and former Jawaharlal Nehru University student Umar Khalid before his arrest was played at a press conference in New Delhi on Wednesday. Khalid was arrested by Delhi Police late on Sunday night under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for his alleged role in the communal violence that broke out in North-East Delhi in February 2020.

“If you are watching this video, it means that I have been arrested,” Khalid said in the video. “The Delhi Police is not arresting the rioters who incited and caused the large-scale communal violence in the capital in February. But instead, it is going after those who criticize the government and its policies, especially the Citizenship Amendment Act. The ones who participated in the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protests are being wrongly framed without proofs,” he added.

Khalid talked about an old speech of his that had been mischievously edited and made viral with the claim that it was an attempt to incite riots. The activist also claimed that the police are coercing people into giving false declarations with the intent of locking up all those who criticize the government behind the bars.

Ending his message with an appeal, Khalid urged listeners “not to be scared”.

“Strengthen your voice against injustice,” he said.

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Bengaluru: A special court here has granted the Enforcement Directorate five days custody of Kannada film actresses Ragini Dwivedi and Sanjjanaa Galrani and three others, who were arrested in a drugs case.

Dwivedi, Sanjjanaa, Rahul Thonse, party organiser Viren Khanna and B K Ravishankar, whose custody ED has sought, are accused of not only consuming drugs but also supplying them in parties through the drug peddlers.

In its submission to the NDPS (Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances) Special Court, the ED said the preliminary inquiry of the money laundering investigation revealed a huge amount of proceeds of crime in money laundering activities.

"If such proceeds of crime involved in money laundering are not attached or confiscated immediately, the objects of the Act shall be defeated," the ED said in its submission.

The ED said to unearth or trace the properties, which are acquired by the accused "by way of extortion, killing, dealing of drugs etc, recording written statements from the accused person is essential to know the details of properties purchased and investments made out of the proceeds of crime."

Meanwhile, a Nigerian drug peddler Ossy, who was reportedly supplying drugs to bigwigs involved in the drugs case, has been arrested, a Central crime branch official said.

According to police, he is allegedly an associate of Simon, another Nigerian drug peddler already arrested.

Police seized some synthetic drugs from his possession, the police said.

The police have arrested 15 people in connection with the case while many others are at large.