Arrested Pinjra Tod Female Activists Sent to Judicial Custody

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Pinjra Tod activists Devangana Kalita and Natasha Narwal.

Mohd Aasif | Clarion India

NEW DELHI – The two activists of Pinjra Tod, Devangana Kalita and Natasha Narwal, have been sent to judicial custody till 11 June in connection with the northeast Delhi riots investigation after a court hearing. The activists, who were arrested last week, were presented before the court on May 28.

Devanga Kalita and Natasha Narwal, both students of Jawaharlal Nehru University, have been active participants in the anti-CAA movement. Earlier, soon after getting bail from court, the police booked them under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

Amid Corona lockdown, the special cell of Delhi Police has arrested many activists and students. Political activists have termed the arrests as ‘arbitrary’. They say lockdown is being used as an ‘opportune’ moment to curb the voice of dissenters.

Nadeem Khan, one of the activists of United Against Hate, has pointed to a pattern in the working style of the police department. “Cops arrest someone and produce before the court. They re-arrest him/her after the bail and foist new charges,” said Nadeem Khan.

In the case of Khalid Saifi, Ishrat Jahan and Gulifsha, the cops have followed the pattern.

Earlier, while hearing the case of Asif Iqbal Tanha, Justice Dharmendra Rana had questioned the impartiality of investigation officer. He said the investigation seemed to be targeted only towards one end.

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