KAFEEL KHAN BOOKED UN­DER NSA FOR SPEECH AGAINST CAA

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Correspond­ent let­[email protected]

GO­RAKH­PUR: Hours be­fore his sched­uled re­lease on Fri­day morn­ing—four­daysafter­he­was grant­ed­bailonFe­bru­ary10i­nan al­leged hate speech case — the Ali­garh district ad­min­is­tra­tion usedthestr­in­gen­tNa­tion­alSe­cu­ri­tyAct(NSA)again­st­sus­pended BRD Hos­pi­tal pe­di­a­tri­cian Dr KafeelKhan,ex­tend­inghis­de­ten­tion by a likely 12 months (the max­i­mum al­lowed un­der NSA).

“Yes, Dr Kafeel has been booked un­der NSA,” con­firmed Ali­garhdis­trict­mag­is­trate(DM) Chan­dra Bhushan Singh.

Khan was booked for his al­leged­hate­speech­mad­e­dur­ing protests against the Cit­i­zen­ship (Amend­ment) Act (CAA) in Ali­garh on De­cem­ber 12.

He was ar­rested by the Ut­tar Pradesh Spe­cial Task Force (STF) from Mum­bai on Jan­uary 30 and shifted to Mathura jail.

The po­lice feared that Dr KafeelKhan’sp­res­en­ceintheAli­garh­jail­could­have­wors­enedthe lawan­dorder­si­t­u­a­tion­inthecity in view of the on­go­ing protests against CAA.

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