Delhi Court Denies Bail to Pinjra Tod Movement Member Natasha Narwal in Delhi Riots Case

By: Sashwata Saha
29 Jan 2021 10:40:57 PM Delhi

A Delhi court on Thursday dismissed the bail plea of Jawaharlal Nehru University student and Pinjra Tod movement member Natasha Narwal who is booked under the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in a north-east Delhi riots case.


Narwal was arrested in the case for allegedly being part of a premeditated conspiracy in the riots.


In September last year, a Delhi court had granted Narwal bail in another riots-related case, saying that the Delhi Police had no evidence to prove that she was involved in instigating any violence.


While rejecting Narwal’s bail plea in the UAPA case, Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat said, “In a case of a conspiracy on such a large scale, not having a video was not so vital as generally conspiracy, by its very nature, is hatched in secrecy and not having videos of such a conspiracy was obvious rather than doubtful.”


Communal violence had broken out in northeast Delhi on February 24 last year following clashes between citizenship law supporters and protesters spiralling out of control leaving at least 53 people dead and around 200 injured.


Pinjra Tod (Break the Cage) was a movement founded in 2015 with the aim of making hostels and paying guest accommodations less restrictive for female students.


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