India: Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar, Jailed Under NSA for Over a Year, to be Released as BJP Reaches Out to Dalits

September 13, 2018

Azad is the chief of The Bhim Army, or the Bhim Army Bharat Ekta Mission

Chandrashekhar had been jailed in the Saharanpur caste violence case and was charged under the draconian National Security Act.

The Uttar Pradesh government has ordered early release of Dalit leader and Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad alias Ravan, who has been in jail since June last year in the Saharanpur caste violence case .

The prison stint of Azad, who had been slapped with charges under the draconian National Security Act, was set to end on November 1, but in an official communication, the state government said he would be set free earlier because of “present circumstances and his mother’s appeal”.

According to highly placed sources, legal aides and top leaders of Bhim Army were contacted by the UP government on Thursday afternoon and given the information about his early release. Two of Azad’s aides, whose jail terms were till October 14, will also be released early along with him, the government statement said.

The decision to withdraw NSA and release Azad is being seen as BJP’s move to reach out to Dalits ahead of 2019 elections and comes just weeks after it faced Dalit ire for Supreme Court’s alleged dilution of the SC/ST Act.

https://www.news18.com/news/india/bhim-army-chief-chandrashekhar-jailed-under-nsa-for-over-a-year-to-be-released-as-bjp-reaches-out-to-dalits-1876829.html

https://www.newsx.com/national/bhim-army-chief-chandrashekhar-azad-release-date-saharanpur-violence

https://www.thequint.com/news/india/bhim-army-chief-chandrashekhar-to-be-released-early-from-jail

https://www.latestly.com/india/news/bhim-army-chief-chandrashekhar-to-be-released-on-november-1-after-he-was-jailed-under-national-security-act-in-may-2017-380361.html

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/bhim-army-chief-chandrashekhar-ravan-to-be-released-from-jail/article24942112.ece?homepage=true

https://thewire.in/rights/bhim-army-chief-chandrashekhar-azad-release-up-govt

https://www.newsx.com/national/chandrashekhar-azad-bhim-army-chief-who-is-chandrashekhar-azad

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https://countercurrents.org/2018/09/14/chandrasekhar-azad-ravan-gets-freedom/

https://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-up-govt-was-so-scared-of-sc-they-ordered-early-release-bhim-army-chief-chandrashekhar-azad-after-coming-out-of-jail-2663037

Who is Chandrashekhar Azad alias Ravan?

https://amnesty.org.in/chandrashekhar-azad-ravan-is-challenging-the-way-dalits-are-perceived-in-india-will-it-make-a-difference/#.W5ze_bvkOpw.facebook

https://www.chalchitraabhiyaan.com/bhim-armys-chandrashekhar-post-release-interview/

http://www.asianage.com/opinion/edit/150918/dalit-stars-political-pitch.html

http://www.mediavigil.com/news/up-government-issues-order-for-release-of-bheem-army-leader-chandrashekhar-ravan/ (HINDI)

https://www.amarujala.com/photo-gallery/lucknow/facts-of-bhim-army-and-chandrashekhar-azad-ravan (HINDI)

https://www.patrika.com/lucknow-news/bhim-army-chandrashekhar-azad-ravan-untold-story-3410647/ (HINDI)

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