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Delhi Court Dismisses Bail Plea of Pinjra Tod’s Natasha Narwal

Narwal was booked under the contentious UAPA in a case related to the northeast Delhi riots of 2020.

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The bail plea of JNU student and Pinjra Tod activist Natasha Narwal was dismissed by a Delhi Court on Thursday, 28 January. Narwal was booked under the contentious Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) in a case related to the northeast Delhi riots of 2020.

She, along with Pinjra Tod’s Devangana Kalita was arrested in May last year for allegedly taking part in a premeditated conspiracy in the riots. While both the members were granted bail the next day, they were immediately re-arrested under another FIR under charges of Arms Act and Murder from the Indian Penal Code.

Amitabh Rawat, Additional Sessions Judge said that in a case with large scale conspiracy, not having video evidence was not vital as a conspiracy, by its very nature, is hatched in secrecy and not having videos of it was obvious rather than doubtful, PTI reported.

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On 24 February 2020, communal violence was triggered in parts of northeast Delhi after supporters of the Citizenship Amendment Law clashed with Anti-CAA/NRC protesters. The violence left at least 53 people dead and over 200 injured.

(With inputs from PTI)

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