The Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) of Kerala Police arrested Danish (30), who hails from Coimbatore, while he was coming out of the central prison in Thrissur after obtaining bail in 11 UAPA cases against him for alleged Maoist links, Indian Express reported.
Danish alias Krishnan had been jailed since October 2018 and had been getting bail in one case after another. The trial has not started in any of the cases registered against him.
Danish has been now arrested again under UAPA allegedly in a 2019 case which states he allegedly spread Maoist pamphlets in a tribal colony in Kozhikode.
Janakeeya Manushyavakasha Prasthanam, a human rights group in Kerala has condemned the arrest and has alleged that the arrest was a planned move.
“Danish had received bail in each case one by one. For the last case also, he got bail from a Palakkad court on Monday. It was right when he was coming out of the high-security central prison on Tuesday morning that a large group of Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) of the Kerala Police came to the spot and arrested him in another case and took him to a court in Kozhikode,” said the rights group in a release.
“We will challenge Danish’s arrest. He was in police custody since October 2019. Now, the ATS has come up with a UAPA case only to ensure he is not released from jail,” High Court advocate Tushar Nirmal Sarathi told Indian Express.
Tushar also said that the incident in which Danish has been made an accused took place before his arrest, the police could not identify anyone who visited the tribal colony to propagate Maoism.
“Now, the ATS has suddenly found that Danish was in the team,” he added.
According to IE, the remand report said Danish was taken to the houses but there was nobody to identify him. Hence, the police told media that they would seek his custody for conducting an identification parade.