CCTV footage from over nine locations showing a man walking and wiping his face with a handkerchief after allegedly attacking JNU student and activist Umar Khalid was obtained by the Delhi police on Tuesday.
The incident was reported on Monday in the high-security area of central Delhi.
“We have obtained CCTV footage from more than nine locations along the route taken by the suspect to escape after the attack. The suspect was seen walking on Rafi Marg, then he went towards Gurudwara Bangla Sahib on Ashoka Road. The footages are very clear. We have also asked Umar to come to the police station for investigation purposes,” said Madhur Verma, DCP (New Delhi).
He added that three eyewitnesses, including a security guard at the Constitution Club have recorded their statements. Two of them stated that they had heard a gunshot.
“The pistol was found with a live round blocked in the chamber. We haven’t found any empty bullet shell at the spot. The CCTV at the Constitution Club gate was dysfunctional and no CCTV has captured the attack,” he added.
The Commissioner of Delhi police has transferred the case to the special cell for detailed investigation. A senior official with the cell said that they were in the process of taking over material related to the case from the district police.
“A team of special cell and crime branch also visited the spot on Monday. They are already working on the case,” added the official.
On June 8, Mr. Khalid had filed a complaint with the Delhi Police, alleging he has received death threats from a man who identified himself as fugitive gangster Ravi Pujari. A case was registered in the matter.
“We have approached to Umar eight times to record his statement but he never came. We had wrote letter to him and also made several phone calls but every time he didn’t turn up after assuring of coming to record his statement,” said a Delhi police official.
“We are assessing Umar’s security threat to provide him adequate security. The assessment is in process and will be done in next couple of days,” the official added.
On Monday, Mr. Khalid was at the Constitution Club of India to attend an event — Khauf se Azadi : Towards Freedom Without Fear — organised by an NGO when he was attacked.