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Former Congress Corporator Ishrat Jahan Beaten Up, Her Clothes Torn in Delhi Jail

Syed Khalique Ahmed | India Tomorrow

NEW DELHI— Former Congress councillor from Jagatpuri Ishrat Jahan, who has charged under provisions of UAPA, was beaten up, abused and her clothes torn by her jail inmates in the Mandoli jail near Shahdara in Delhi.

This was tweeted by All India Muslim Majlis MUshwarat (AIMMM) president Navaid Hamid.

“On whose instructions @CPDelhi your jail warden is allowing the brutal treatment to an innocent constitutional warrior in Delhi’s jail?”, Hamid said in his tweet.

He was tagged his tweet to National Human Rights Commissions and other human rights groups.

Her family members told mediapersons that it was the second time on December 22 that she was beaten up and her head smashed against the walls of the jail.

The first time she was beaten up was on November 20. Her family members say that her life is in danger in Mandoli jail.

Ishrat got married in June this year with a builder Farha Hashmi when she was out on 10-day bail. 

She was arrested on February 26 on allegations of assaulting the police personnel and inciting people not to leave the venue of anti-CAA protest in Khureji Khas. She was, later on, also booked under dreaded Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) in connection with the Northeast Delhi riots.

Along with activist Khalid Saifi, Jahan was the most prominent face of the anti-CAA agitation at Khureji Khas in Northeast Delhi.

The charges levelled against her in the FIR are under sections 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (unlawful assembly), 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 353 (assault on public servant), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to public servant), 307 (attempt to murder), 109 (abetment), and 34 (common intention) of the IPC and relevant sections of the Arms Act.

Later on, charges under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) were also added on the allegations that she was involved in Northeast Delhi riots as well.

While police claimed in the FIR that she was arrested from the spot where anti-CAA agitation was going on, her advocate Zakir Raza, appearing for Jahan on February 28 in the court, had claimed that she was arrested from her house owing to political vendetta  as she belongs to the Congress party.

Raza had told the court that the anti-CAA protest was going on peacefully for 49 days and no incident of any violence had been reported all along for so many days.

According to the FIR, during a flag march on February 26, when police reached the spot of protest on hearing gunshots and asked people to disperse, Jahan instigated the people not to leave the police.

She was granted bail on March 21. However, she was arrested on the same day by the Delhi Police Special Cell in Northeast Delhi riots and charged under dreaded UAPA.

A total of 7 people were arrested in all, including activist Khalid Saifi and police claimed that one countrymade pistol and a live cartridge was recovered from one of the accused. Khalid Saifi is also under arrest for offences under UAPA.

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