New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Sep 14: The founder of the Bhim Army Chandrashekhar walked out of a jail in Uttar Pradesh around 2:40 am in the early hours of Friday. He was arrested a year ago over his role in caste clashes. Because of a request from his mother, the 31-year-old was released two months before schedule.
The Uttar Pradesh government decided to release Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar who was detained under the National Security Act (NSA) in connection with the 2017 Saharanpur violence.
His first reaction while talking to media was sarcastic, "Government was so scared that they are going to be rebuked by Supreme Court, that they ordered an early release to save themselves. I'm confident that they'll frame some charges against me within 10 days. I'll ask my people to throw BJP out of power in 2019," said Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar
Chandrashekhar was arrested in June 2017 in connection with the May 5 clashes in which one person was killed and 16 others were injured at Shabbirpur village in Saharanpur.
On November 2, 2017, the Allahabad High Court had granted bail to Chandrashekhar. However, a day before his release, he was booked under the NSA, thus preventing his release.
Under the NSA, he was to be detained till November 1.
"After going through the representation of Chandrashekhar's mother, it has been decided to release him early. He had to be in jail till November 1," a spokesperson of the Home Department said here Thursday.
The NSA was invoked against Chandrashekhar and five others in the case. While three people were released earlier, Chandrashekhar, Sonu and Shiv Kumar are still in jail.