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Haryana elections: Shiv Sena fields man accused of shooting at former JNU student leader Umar Khalid

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09th October, 2019 12:21 IST

The Shiv Sena has given a Haryana Assembly election ticket to Naveen Dalal, one of the two people accused of attacking former Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union leader Umar Khalid last year, The Indian Express reported on Wednesday. Dalal was fielded from Bahadurgarh n Jhajjar district for the polls slated for October 21.

Dalal, a 29-year-old self-proclaimed “gau rakshak [cow protector]” claimed he joined the Shiv Sena six months ago as his ideology and the party’s beliefs with regard to “nationalism and cow protection” were similar. “Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress governments don’t have anything to do with farmers, martyrs, cows or the poor,” PTI quoted Dalal as saying. “They are just interested in politics.”

The party president for Haryana South, Vikram Yadav, confirmed Dalal’s candidacy, and claimed he was fighting for matters such as cow protection and “speaking up against those who raise anti-national slogans”.

On August 13, 2018, Dalal and another accused identified as Darwesh Shahpur were allegedly involved in a failed attempt to shoot Khalid outside Constitution Club in New Delhi. According to witnesses, two shots were fired but Khalid escaped unhurt.

Dalal and Shahpur fled the scene but were arrested after they uploaded a video saying the attack was an “Independence Day gift” for the country. The Shiv Sena...

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