Got tremendous support inside jail, will continue our struggle: Student activists after release

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Student activist Natasha Narwal on Thursday said they had received “tremendous support” inside Tihar Jail in Delhi and would continue their struggle.

Narwal, along with Devangana Kalita and Asif Iqbal Tanha, walked out of Tihar, hours after a court here ordered their immediate release in the northeast Delhi riots “conspiracy” case.

JNU students Narwal and Kalita thanked their friends and well-wishers, many of whom gathered outside the jail, for supporting them during their year-long stay behind bars.

“We have received tremendous support inside jail and we will continue our struggle,” Narwal told reporters.

Welcoming the Delhi High Court order granting them bail, Narwal, an activist of women collective Pinjra Tod, said that when they were arrested, it took them many months to believe that they were in jail under such stringent charges.

Hitting out at the government, Kalita said people are in jail for raising their voice.

“They are trying to suppress the voice of people and dissent. We got a lot of support from people which helped us survive inside (jail),” she said.

On the delay in their release after the HC granted them bail, she said it was unbelievable because they had secured bail two-three days ago.

“…still we were inside jail. I almost kept expecting that some police officers will come and arrest me,” she added.

Narwal, Kalita and Tanha were arrested in May last year under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

Walking out of Tihar Jail, Jamia Millia Islamia student Tanha said he had kept hope that he would be released one day and asserted that the fight against the CAA, NRC and the NPR would continue.

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