Delhi HC serves notice to police on bail pleas of ‘Pinjra Tod’ activists Natasha Narwal, Devangana Kalita

A student of JNU, ‘Pinjra Tod’ activist Devangana Kalita has been accused by the Delhi Police of inciting violence during demonstrations against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

File photo of an area in North-East Delhi where riots broke out in February of last year (Photo Credits: PTI)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita have been booked under UAPA
  • Delhi Police said ‘Pinjra Tod’ activist Kalita incited women during anti-CAA protests
  • In September of last year, Delhi HC granted bail to Devangana Kalita in one of the northeast Delhi riots cases

Delhi High Court on Friday served a notice to the Delhi Police in connection with the bail pleas of ‘Pinjra Tod’ members Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita. The Delhi Police has been asked to respond to the notice by March 10.

Both Narwal and Kalita are currently in police custody in a case related to the 2020 Northeast Delhi riots. They were booked under the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

In January of this year, the Karkardooma court had said that there is enough basis in police findings to dismiss the bail applications of Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita. The court while rejecting ‘Pinjra Tod’ activist Devangana Kalita’s bail plea had said that charges levelled against her seem plausible.

A student of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Devangana Kalita has been accused by the Delhi Police of inciting violence during demonstrations against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

The Delhi Police has in one of its chargesheets said that Devangana Kalita had incited as many as 300 women from Jahangirpuri demonstrating against CAA at Jafrabad. It was also stated that these women bought with themselves weapons, bottles of acid and chilli powder.

In February of last year, widespread demonstrations against the CAA had resulted in violence in parts of Delhi. This violence claimed at least 53 lives and led to more than 200 residents of Northeast Delhi suffering injuries.

During its investigation, the Delhi Police said the violence was incited by “Pakistani elements”, including the ISI.

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