Move to release Bhim Army leader Ravan jailed under NSA in UP
Uttar Pradesh

Move to release Bhim Army leader Ravan jailed under NSA in UP

Lucknow, Sep 14: In an important move to woo the Dalits before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday decided to withdraw the National Security Act (NSA) invoked against three Dalits, including Bhim Army founder Chandrashekhar alias Ravan.

According to sources here, the government has instructed the District Authorities of Saharanpur to revoke NSA against three Dalits, presently in jail, accused in a clash in May, 2017. Bhim Army sources said that their top leader and legal aide were contacted by the UP government on Thursday afternoon and given the information about the withdrawal of NSA against three activists of Army, including its president Ravan. The Army claimed that following August 19 protest demanding release of Ravan and others, they had met top BJP leaders, while the UP CM petitioned them to withdraw the NSA.

According to the government, the detention of Ravan under the NSA was till November 1, 2018 while of other two accused Sonu and Shiv Kumar were till October 14 next. But now after the decision, all three would be released from jail soon. The government sources said that the consideration was made after the mother of Ravan requested the government to release her son.

After the May clash between dalits and thakurs, the Saharanpur district authorities invoked NSA against six people. While Sonu, Sudhir and Vilas were let off on September 7 last, now the remaining three - Ravan, Sonu and Shiv Kumar would be freed from the NSA soon. However, the decision is seen as an effort by the Yogi Adityanath government to reach out to the Dalits, particularly in western UP before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, after amending the SC/ST Act, to woo the Dalits. (UNI)