Bhim Army chief walks out of jail
THE Uttar Pradesh government freed Bhim Army founder Chandrashekhar Azad alias Ravan in the wee hours from a Saharanpur jail on Friday, nearly two months prior to his scheduled release on November 1.
According to highly placed sources, the Saharanpur district magistrate was directed by the Home department to release Chandrashekhar, who was accorded a warm welcome by his supporters outside the jail. The Dalit leader was escorted in a police vehicle which was followed by his supporters on bikes.
Notably, Azad was arrested at
Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh in June last year. He was arrested after caste clashes in western Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur, which left at least two persons dead and
many injured. After his arrest on charges of inciting violence and rioting, the National Security Act was also invoked against him and five of his accomplices.
In a media release on Thursday night, the Home department claimed that the decision for early release was taken in view of repeated pleas of his ailing mother and the changed circumstances. Two of Azad’s aides, whose jail terms were till October 14, will also be released early, it said.
According to 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.