Delhi Riots: Court Dismisses Bail Plea Of Pinjra Tod Activist Natasha Narwal Booked Under UAPA

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Court rejects bail plea of Natasha Narwal: A Delhi court dismissed the bail plea of Pinjra Tod activist and JNU student Natasha Narwal on Thursday. Narwal was booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA for allegedly inciting riots in northeast Delhi last year. 

The Delhi riots in 2020 which started after the government issued a notice about implementing the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and Nation Register for Citizen (NRC) caused violence in the northeastern part of the city where several protestors and police personnel were injured. Several student activists were arrested for playing part in the protest. Narwal is one of them accused of being of the conspiracy that caused the riots. 

Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat said that the conspiracy case is of a large scale and not having video proof of the same is obvious rather than doubtful. He said that the very nature of conspiracy is that it is hatched in secrecy. 

During the riots, at least 53 died and more than 200 were found injured. The anti-caa protests were also accompanied by pro-caa protests which had violent elements. the lives lost and the property damaged was the result of the clash between by the protestors and the ones supporting the bill. 

Natasha Narwal belongs to an organisation named Pinjra Tod (break the cage) which was founded in 2015. The aim of the organisation was to make hostels and paying guest establishments more inhabitant for women with less restrictions. 

Natasha Narwal was arrested with another activist Devangna Kalita in May last year. They were taken to Jaffrabad Police Station. Read more about the case here.