Siddig Kapan, a Kerala journalist who has been arrested in Uttar Pradesh more than two years during reporting on alleged rape of a young woman death Sparked national protests, he was released today. He was in jail for over A month after he was released on bail in both cases against for him.
“I will continue my fight against strict laws. They kept me in jail Even after my release… 28 months after a long time fight. Me, no know who takes advantage of my being in jail. These two years have been very difficult, but I never got scared,” he told NDTV after his release from Lucknow. jail.
Mr. Kaban was expected walk out last This evening, but has not been released since the judge of a special court hearing money laundering cases were busy with Bar Council elections.
He was arrested in October 2020 on for him way To the Hathras of Uttar Pradesh for reporting on Alleged gang rape f death of A 20-yearDalit woman triggered Protests across the country. The police said he was going there to stir up trouble.
The woman died in a Delhi hospital two weeks after her gang rape. It was burned in the middle of the night in Her village by the district administration, which sparked accusations of casing-up and widespread condemnation of Yogi Adityanath government.
Mr. Kaban is accused of Sedition and severe charges were brought under the UAPA terrorism act. In February 2022, the Directorate of Implementation raised a money laundering Issue against accuse him of Receive money From the banned Popular Front of India.
in September last yearThe Supreme Court granted him bail after noting that no formal charges had been filed against him against His and a document called “Toolkit” that was recovered by the State Police only published a call for justice in rape case.
He got bail in the money laundering Three months later. But he was released up due to multiple bureaucratic lapses.
The opposition and civil society organizations condemned Mr. Cabane arrest Motivated by Uttar Pradesh government’s efforts avoid Denial coverage over the incident in Hathras said it was an issue of Bharatiya Janata Party government Trying to quantize files media.
The police claimed to have arrested the journalist and others with has members of The banned Popular Front of India f student Campus front wing of India. Kaban denied any involvement in terror business or finance. He said it was on for him way to Hatra for Journalist work.