Delhi police has arrested two Jawaharlal Nehru University students in the Northeast Delhi violence case on Saturday evening.
The arrested students Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita are also the active members of Pinjra Tod, a collective group of women students in the national capital.
Delhi Police arrested them accusing their role of organizing an anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protest in Jaffrabad in North East Delhi. It was after the protest at the Jaffrabad Metro Station, the Hindu mobs conducted anti-Muslim pogrom in the area at the end of February.
Natasha is a student at the Centre for Historical Studies while Devangana is studying at the Centre for Women Studies in JNU.
A case has been filed against them under IPC (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).
“They were arrested from their homes in an FIR registered by the Jafrabad police station, after an interrogation by the Special Cell shortly before officials from Jafrabad Police Station arrested them. They are currently at Jaffrabad Police Station. The police did not give reasons to their family members for their arrest,” Pinjra Tod said in a statement.
“Many students and activists have been arrested by the Delhi Police in the last couple of months. We strongly condemn this hounding of democratic activists and students being carried out by the state and appeal to the student community and all democratic-minded citizens to remain vigilant and strong in our struggles in the face of this repression,” it added.
Earlier Delhi Police arrested Jamia Millia Islamia student leaders Meeran Haider, Safoora Zargar and Asif Iqbal Tanha, former Delhi Municipal Councillor Ishrat Jahan, Gulfisha, an MBA student and a coordinator of the women-led sit-in in Seelampur-Jafrabad against CAA, the president of the Alumni Association of Jamia Millia Islamia (AAJMI) Shifa-Ur-Rehman, Aam Admi Party leader Tahir Hussain, United Against Hate activist Khalid Saifi under UAPA charges.
International human rights watchdogs including Amnesty International and civil society groups, teachers associations, student organizations, and filmmakers across India had issued different statements calling for the release of anti-CAA activists who were ‘targetted by Hindu nationalist government for protesting anti-Muslim laws’ and ‘arrested under false accusations by Delhi Police.’