Activist and Congress spokesperson Sadaf Jafar and former IPS officer S R Darapuri were released from jail Tuesday, three days after a sessions court in Lucknow granted them bail along with 13 others. They were arrested in connection with violence during anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests in the Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow in December. Sadaf was arrested on December 19 and Darapuri the next day.
Congress city president Mukesh Singh Chauhan said that both walked out of jail at about 10 am. “I was there along with other office party office bearers to receive them. Our party is against the CAA and against police brutality meted out to the peaceful protestors,” PTI quoted Chauhan as saying.
On Saturday, the activists were asked to furnish two bail bonds of Rs 50,000 each and personal bonds of an equal amount.
Darapuri and Jafar, who were in jail since December 20, were booked under IPC sections 307 (attempt to murder), 332 (Voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 147 (rioting) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy), among others. Their earlier bail pleas were rejected by the judicial magistrate.
In all, 42 FIRs were lodged in connection with the December 19 violence that took place in different parts of Lucknow.
A resident of Lucknow, Jafar, a teacher, poet, activist, actor, translator and a Congress spokesperson, was arrested from Parivartan Chowk. On December 24, members of a Congress delegation that met Jafar in jail said she had told them that the police beat her up.
Retired IPS officer Sarwan Ram Darapuri has been working on rights issues since his retirement from the force in 2003. He also unsuccessfully contested the last two Lok Sabha elections. Post-retirement, Darapuri has been working to provide support to social justice movements on issues such as human rights, and rights of women, tribals, Dalits and minorities, among others, according to people close to him. He was involved in work on empowering the poor and the deprived communities.
On Monday, a Bahujan Samaj Party delegation met Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel and sought her intervention for the release of “innocent” people jailed in connection with protests against the amended citizenship law and immediate withdrawal of cases against them.