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Haryana assembly election: Shiv Sena fields Umar Khalid's attacker from Bahadurgarh

Shiv Sena has fielded Naveen Dalal from Bahadurgarh in the upcoming Haryana assembly election. The self-proclaimed cow vigilante had claimed to have attacked former JNU students' union leader Umar Khalid in 2018. And now, he has a new role and new name too.

India TV Politics Desk Edited by: India TV Politics Desk
New Delhi Updated on: October 09, 2019 17:11 IST
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Shiv Sena fields Umar Khalid's attacker from Bahadurgarh 

Shiv Sena has fielded Naveen Dalal from Bahadurgarh in the upcoming Haryana assembly election. The self-proclaimed cow vigilante had claimed to have attacked former JNU students' union leader Umar Khalid in 2018. And now, he has a new role and new name too.

Naveen Dalal is facing charges for attempting murder and rioting. He has never filed an Income Tax return. 

Dalal claims to have joined the Shiv Sena six months ago. He is in the Haryana poll fray for the October 21 Assembly elections as a Shiv Sena candidate.

He filed his nominations as Naval Naveen and is contesting from Bahadurgarh in Jhajjar district.

Hailing from Mandauthi, a village in Bahadurgarh known as the "nursery of wrestlers", the 29-year-old said he joined the Shiv Sena because of its ideology on "nationalism and cow protection".

Party president (Haryana South) Vikram Yadav said Dalal was fighting for nationalistic issues like cow protection and against anti-national elements.

According to him, both the BJP and Congress governments don't have anything to do for the farmers, martyrs, cows and the poor. They are just interested in politics.

In August 2018, two people from Haryana had reportedly claimed responsibility for attacking Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student leader Umar Khalid, who was shot at outside the Constitution Club in Delhi on August 13.

Both claimed they were members of cow-protection groups and claimed responsibility for the attempt on the life of Khalid.

In a video uploaded on Facebook, Dalal from Jhajjar and Darvesh Shahpur from Jind claimed the attack on Khalid was their "gift to India on Independence Day".

As per his election affidavit, undergraduate and agriculturist Dalal said he has been facing three criminal cases.

While one of the cases against Dalal is undergoing in a Bahadurgarh court, the other two in Patiala House in Delhi.

(With IANS inputs)