On Saturday, the Delhi Police arrested two women members of Pinjra Tod. The two arrests made because of the connection of them with the protests. The protests held for opposing the Citizenship Amendment Act in North East Delhi’s Jafrabad area in February, PTI reported.
Outside the Jafrabad metro station, around 500 people mostly women, protested against the amended law. Bharatiya Janata Party leader, Kapil Mishra held a rally on February 23, in favour of the Citizenship Act. Also, a 3-day ultimatum already given by him to the Delhi police for clearing the protests area. A day later, communal violence engulfed North East Delhi, leaving at least 53 people dead and hundreds injured over the next three days.
According to the reports of India Today, the women identified as Natasha and Devangana arrested due to the accusation on them of holding the protest at the Jafrabad Metro station.
Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita are students of Jawaharlal Nehru University and founding members of Pinjra Tod, The Indian Express reported.
Two Women Arrested Under IPC 186 And 353
The Indian Express reported what anonymous police officer told them about the FIR registered regarding the Jafrabad sit-in protest. “The women have been arrested under Indian Penal Code 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].”
Pinjra Tod mentioned in the Facebook that two women from their respective homes, arrested on Saturday around 6 pm. It added that the police did not give any reason behind the made arrest. It further said that along with activists, in the last couple of months, Delhi police arrested several students. The post further said, “We strongly condemn this hounding of democratic activists and students carried out by the state.” It added that they appeal to the student community and all democratic-minded citizens to remain vigilant and strong in our struggles in the face of this repression.
As per The Indian Express up to April 13, police arrested 800 people in North-East Delhi violence. An unidentified official quoted that the Union home ministry “insisted that police must continue making arrests under any circumstances”.