CAA protests: Uttar Pradesh court grants bail to activist couple, 56 others

Fifty-nine people were arrested, including the two, during police action on protesters in the city on December 19.

Published: 02nd January 2020 12:05 PM  |   Last Updated: 02nd January 2020 12:46 PM   |  A+A-

Police personnel baton charge protestors demonstrating against the Citizenship Amendment Act in Varanasi Friday Dec. 20 2019

Police personnel baton charge protestors demonstrating against the Citizenship Amendment Act in Varanasi Friday Dec. 20 2019. (File Photo | PTI)


VARANASI: Activists Ekta and Ravi Shekhar returned home to their 14-month-old baby here on Thursday, a day after an Uttar Pradesh court gave bail to them and 56 others arrested for protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act and the NRC nearly two weeks ago.

The Shekhars, who run the environment NGO Climate Agenda and made national headlines with many voicing concern about their toddler daughter being left alone, were among the 59 people taken into custody during the protests on December 19.

On Wednesday, the court of the additional sessions judge, Varanasi, granted bail to Ekta (32) and Ravi (36), residents of Mehmoorganj, and 56 others, ending their ordeal.

"I didn't think it would take so long," an emotional Ekta told NDTV as she hugged her daughter after two weeks.

"Main bata nahin sakti (I can't put it in words)," she said when asked how it felt.

The bail application of the couple -- nabbed along with other protesters from Left groups from Beniyabagh and nearby localities for violating prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CRPC -- was initially cancelled by a lower court and the next hearing fixed for January 1.

In their absence, their baby was being taken care of by her grandmother Sheila Tiwari, uncle Shashikant and her aunts.

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