NEW DELHI: Two students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and also members of Pinjra Tod, a women’s rights collective, were arrested by Delhi police on Saturday in connection with the anti-CAA protest in Jafrabad area in February.
DCP (Northeast) Ved Prakash Surya has confirmed the arrests of Devangana Kalita (30) and Natasha Narwal (32). They were arrested from their homes, a Pinjra Tod member said.
In February, a group of women staged a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) outside the Jafrabad metro station. This was followed by a pro-CAA rally by BJP’s Kapil Misra on 23 February, who had given a three-day ultimatum to clear the protest.
Just a day later, riots broke out in Northeast Delhi which left at least 53 people dead and around 200 injured.
“An FIR regarding the Jafrabad sit-in protest had been registered earlier. The women have been arrested under IPC sections 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions) and 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty),” a senior police officer told a daily.
In a statement, Pinjra Tod said, “They were arrested from their homes in an FIR registered by the Jafrabad police station, after an interrogation by the Special Cell shortly before officials from PS Jafrabad arrested them. They are currently at Jaffrabad Police Station. The police did not give reasons to their family members for their arrest.”
It must be recalled that Safoora Zargar, Asif Iqbal Tanha, Umar Khalid and Meeran Haider, all students of Jamia Millia Islamia, have been charged under the dreaded Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and arrested in connection with the Northeast Delhi riots.