NEW DELHI -– The day Safoora Zargar, the incarcerated Jamia Coordination Committee (JCC) member and Ph D scholar, stepped out of jail, two other Jamia students were called by the Delhi Police for questioning on Wednesday this week. Safoora has been granted bail on humanitarian grounds.
Both the students, Suyash Tripathi and Arsalan Ahmed, are members of the JCC. While the former is studying law, the latter is a student of social work. They have been called by Delhi Police on Wednesday and were questioned on their alleged role in the anti-CAA protests and the conspiracy behind the Delhi Riots in which 53 people lost their lives.
Arsalan was a member of the awareness team of the JCC. The team was set up to spread awareness about the legal and technicalities of the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). “We used to clear the misconceptions of the people regarding the law,” he added.
Being a resident of Old Delhi and keeping a distance from microphone and speeches, Arsalan never visited the protest site in the area as a member of JCC but as an individual.
The police summoned Ahmed and questioned him for almost eight hours. Later, sharing his experience, he said it was not as bad. “I have been cooperating with the police. I told them everything honestly,” he recalled.
The two Jamia students were sent notices to appear before the Delhi Police’s Special Cell, a specialised wing based in the capital’s Lodhi Road area. The team tried to reach Suyash Tripathi, but could not contact him.
Jamia has been the epicenter of the anti-CAA protest and faced the wrath of the Delhi Police. The cops along with other paramilitary forces had entered the campus and ransacked library and attacked the students studying inside with brute force.
Safoora was granted bail on Tuesday on the condition that she cannot leave Delhi without permission. The 27-year-old was arrested on April 10 under the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, on the charge of conspiracy to instigate riots.
Though the Jamia administration denies alleged involvement of its students in any kind of violence, the Delhi Police continued its witch-hunt against the students for questioning and investigation.