Bhim Army Founder Chandrashekhar 'Ravan' In Saharanpur Jail Under NSA, Released Early

| September 14 , 2018 , 10:20 IST

Bhim Army founder Chandrashekhar alias Ravan, after spending 15 months in jail, was released from the Saharanpur jail on Friday, a day after the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath-government ordered his release.

According to Kumar, the decision to release Chandrashekhar was taken after his mother filed a mercy application to the UP government and that the current situation in Saharanpur was also analysed before finalising his release.

As Chandrashekhar was released from the jail, hundreds of Bhim Army supporters gathered, raising slogans of ‘Bhim Army Zindabad’ and ‘Chandrashekhar Zindabad’ and garlanding him.

Chandrashekhar vowed to continue fighting against injustice.

“The state government misused government machinery... I will continue my fight for marginalised people against injustice,” he said.

Chandrashekhar had been arrested for clashes between the Dalits and police that took place in UP's Saharanpur on May 9, 2017 principal secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar said.

On June 2, 2017, police investigations found that as many as 90% of violence inciting social media accounts were linked to the radical Dalit group Bhim Army led by 30-year-old lawyer Chandrashekhar Azad who was then absconding.

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Chandrashekhar Ravan was arrested on June 8 last year from Himachal Pradesh's Dalhousie and was booked under the National Security Act for preventive detention after caste-based clashes in Saharanpur in Western Uttar Pradesh, which left 1 dead and many injured.

On November 2, 2017 the one-year period of his detention under the NSA was extended for a further 6 months.

Chandrashekhar along with his associate Vinay Ratan Singh had formed Bhim Army on July 21, 2015 to empower Dalits and marginalised people.

As the popularity of the Bhim Army rose, Bahujan Samaj Party president Mayawati accused the BJP of propping it up to target the BSP and build alliances with all castes in UP.