Ishrat Jahan who was arrested from an anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protest site in Delhi’s Khureji Khas area on Wednesday afternoon along with United Against Hate activist Khalid Saifi and activist Sabu Ansari has been physically tortured in judicial custody, family members claim.
Ishrat, a lawyer and former municipal councilor from the Congress party, had been at the forefront of the Khureji Khas sit-in protest against CAA since it began on January 13.
All three were then remanded to 14 days of judicial custody in Mandoli jail. Family of Ishrat alleged custodial torture which took place in Mandoli jail. She had bandages on her hand
According to Ishrat Jahan’s sister, Sarwer Jahan, Ishrat was at her home at around 1 pm on Wednesday when she received urgent calls from some protesters present at the site.
When Ishrat Jahan reached the road outside the protest site, she was arrested immediately.
“Police have illegally arrested Ishrat under rioting sections. It is a gross miscarriage of justice and totally uncalled for after illegal preventive detention and without any proof against her. I need support for my sister,” Sarwer Jahan tweeted on Wednesday.
Sarwer shared a video that shows a group of four male and female police personnel roughly pushing her into a police car.
“The police did not allow us to go meet them all day, and when a group of lawyers went to get them released, the police beat them up also,” Sarwer, who is also a lawyer told Scroll In.
According to the first information report, Ishrat Jahan told women protesters to remain seated and raised slogans about taking “Azadi” at any cost and staying put no matter what the police did, Scroll In reports.
“They have charged my sister and Khalid Saifi with attempt to murder and sections under the Arms Act, just as a means to pressurise and scare people. They will not be able to prove any of this in court,” Sarwer added.