HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The Crime Branch of the Delhi Police arrested Devangana Kalita and Natasha Narwal.
  • They were booked under multiple sections of the Indian Penal Code including unlawful assembly, rioting and attempt to murder.
  • Kalita and Narwal are also members of the Pinjra Tod (break the cage) group.
  • On 24th February in 2020, communal clashes had broken out in northeast Delhi and 53 people died.

On Tuesday, the Delhi High Court granted bail to student activists Natasha Narwal, Devangana Kalita and Asif Iqbal Tanha. They were arrested in connection with the northeast Delhi riots under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) law.

Setting aside the orders of the trial court of denying bail, the bench of Justices Siddharth Mridul and Anup Jairam Bhambhani granted bail to the 3 accused and allowed their appeals while admitting them to regular bail. Last year in May, they were arrested for their alleged link to north east Delhi’s riots.

The Crime Branch of the Delhi Police arrested Kalita and Narwal in connection with the communal riots in northeast Delhi and booked under multiple sections of the Indian Penal Code including unlawful assembly, rioting and attempt to murder. Kalita and Narwal are also members of the Pinjra Tod (break the cage) group.

The Pinjra Tod activists Narwal, Kalita and Tanha were directed to surrender their passports by the HC and not to tamper with the evidence in the case or offer any inducement to prosecution witnesses.

On 24th February in 2020, communal clashes had broken out in northeast Delhi after violence between citizenship law protesters and supporters spiraled out of control and at least 53 people died while around 200 got injured.

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