Mahavir Narwal Passes Away: Pinjda tod activist Natasha Narwal performed the last rites of her father Mahavir Narwal on Tuesday. She was granted a three-week bail by Delhi High Court after her father passed away on May 9.
In the photos released from the cremation site, Narwal seen clad in PPE kit and giving a farewell salute to her father who had been a senior member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M).
Natasha Narwal — who has been in jail despite there being no evidence to support the charges against her and wasn't allowed to see or speak to her dying father — delivers a farewell salute to her father, Mahavir Narwal. If this doesn't break your heart, I don't know what will. pic.twitter.com/6g3pdhEPHs
— Deepanjana (@dpanjana) May 11, 2021
The court granted bail to Narwal as her brother Aakash Narwal had also tested positive and there was nobody to perform the last rites of her father. Mahavir Narwal succumbed to COVID-19 while Natasha was in jail. The anti-CAA activist had been arrested in May 2021 and booked under several charges, including the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), in connection with the northeast Delhi riots in February.
The riots had started in Delhi after a clash between masses who were protesting against and for the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act proposed by the central government in 2020. Narwal was later given bail in September 2020 but she had to remain in jail as the UAPA was still applicable to her. The said is immune to any bail application.
"Where there's suffering, my daughter will be there. I'm proud of her". This hero, Mahavir Narwal, father of Natasha in jail for the CAA protests, supports her, with courage hard to find. "I hope she' not in jail so long she doesn't see my face".
He died just hours ago of Covid. https://t.co/jB3PSl8oJA
— Harsh Mander (@harsh_mander) May 9, 2021
According to an interview given by her late father, Natasha had lost her mother at the age of 13 and had shared a close connection with her father. Talking about her daughter in jail, Mahavir had expressed, “Suppose my daughter has to stay in jail for a really long time and there comes a time that she is not able to see me.” Fearing his old age, Mahavir had doubts about Natasha coming out of jail after his death.
“Where there’s suffering, my daughter will be there. I’m proud of her,” he had said.
CPIM expresses deep condolences on the demise of Comrade Mahavir Narwal, a senior member of CPIM.
It is criminal act of the Modi govt that his daughter Natasha Narwal was arrested under UAPA last year and couldn't even meet her father.
Lal Salaam Mahavir Narwal! pic.twitter.com/B6An9V5y9L
— CPI (M) (@cpimspeak) May 9, 2021
Many people offered their condolences to Natasha Narwal and issued obituaries for Mahavir Narwal. Read more about Natasha Narwal here.