UP government orders early release of Bhim army chief Chandrashekhar

NEW DELHI, Sep 13: The Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday ordered early release of Bhim army Chief Chandrashekhar alias Ravan, who is jailed under the National Security Act (NSA) charges in connection with 2017 Saharanpur caste violence case.
Chandrashekhar also known as Ravan, 30, 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,” said a spokesperson of the home department. 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. Sonu and Shiv Kumar will also be released early, the spokesman said, adding that the district magistrate of Saharanpur has been directed “to release them”. The cycle of violence in Saharanpur began on May 5, when a man was killed, several injured and around 25 homes set ablaze in inter-caste clashes in Shabbirpur village. The district has remained tense ever since and violence has erupted repeatedly.