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Farmers' Protest Finds Mention During Hearing of Delhi Riots Case in Court

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Last Updated: December 14, 2020, 23:05 IST

File photo of farmers protest. (Image: PTI)

File photo of farmers protest. (Image: PTI)

The argument was made in response to the prosecution's claim that Kalita cannot take a stand now that she was not part of the conspiracy with Imam as she was part of the group Pinjra Tod and Pinjra Tod had tweeted in support of him.

The demonstration during the farmers' protest to free several arrested activists, including JNU student Sharjeel Imam, came up for mention before a court in Delhi on Monday during the hearing of a case related to north east Delhi riots. During the hearing of a bail application of Devangana Kalita, arrested under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention Act) in a riots case, her counsel said just because the farmers' protests were demonstrating posters to free Sharjeel Imam, it did not mean that they (farmers) were part of the riots too.

The argument was made in response to the prosecution's claim that Kalita cannot take a stand now that she was not part of the conspiracy with Imam as she was part of the group Pinjra Tod and Pinjra Tod had tweeted in support of him. Advocate Adit Pujari, appearing for Kalita, said, A tweet of a civil society in support of Sharjeel Imam, cannot be part of a conspiracy against Kalita. There were posters to free Sharjeel Imam at the farmers' protests too. Are all those farmers also part of the riots? Surely not. Multiple people in a civil society have different views. That's the beauty of democracy.

Imam has been arrested under the UAPA for allegedly being part of a larger conspiracy in the riots. At Delhi's Tikri border, posters of several activists who have been arrested across the country under the UAP Act were put up during the farmers' protest against the new farm laws.

The posters were put up to mark Human Rights Day on December 10. Communal violence had broken out in northeast Delhi on February 24 after clashes between citizenship law supporters and protesters spiralled out of control leaving at least 53 people dead and around 200 injured.

Pinjra Tod (Break the Cage) was founded in 2015 with an aim to make hostels and paying guest accommodations less restrictive for women students.

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first published:December 14, 2020, 23:05 IST
last updated:December 14, 2020, 23:05 IST