A trial court in Delhi on Thursday passed an order of immediate release of student activists Devangana Kalita, Natasha Narwal, and Asif Iqbal Tanha reported Live Law.
All three students were arrested in May last year under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) in connection with the case related to a large conspiracy in the northeast Delhi riots which broke out in February last year.
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The three were granted bail on June 15. The court while granting bail said that the state, in its anxiety to suppress dissent, blurred the line between the constitutionally guaranteed right to protest and terrorist activity.
However, Delhi Police asked for time to verify the addresses of the activists and their sureties.
According to PTI, the trio is accused of being the ”masterminds” of the February 2020 violence, which had left 53 people dead and and more than 200 injured. The three activists were charged under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
Kalita and Narwal are members of the women’s rights group Pinjra Tod, while Tanha is a student from Jamia Millia Islamia university in Delhi.