Hathras gang rape case: UP Police files charge-sheet against eight including a Kerala journalist for sedition, other offences

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Mathura: Eight radical linked to Popular Front of India, including its students' helping person K A Rauf Sherif and Kerala writer Siddique Kappan, were charge-sheeted connected Saturday by Uttar Pradesh police's Special Task Force successful a tribunal present for sedition, transgression conspiracy, backing of panic activities and different offences.

Five of the accused -- Campus Front of India's (CFI) nationalist wide caput Sherif, CFI nationalist treasurer Atikur Rahman, Delhi CFI wide caput Masud Ahmed, Kappan and Mohammed Alam, who is simply a subordinate of the CFI and the PFI, were contiguous successful the tribunal of Additional District and Sessions Judge Anil Kumar Pandey.

Two different accused-- Anshad Badruddin and Firoz Khan -- attended the proceeding done video conferencing.

"The STF has besides filed a complaint expanse against accused Danish," territory authorities counsel Shiv Ram Singh said.

Defence counsel Madhuban Dutt said that the 5000-page charge-sheet has been filed against the 8 accused and they volition see moving the precocious tribunal aft going done it.

The accused person been charge-sheeted nether Indian Penal Code sections of 153 (A) (Promoting enmity betwixt antithetic groups connected crushed of religion, race, spot of birth, residence, language), 124(A) (sedition), 295 (A) (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage spiritual feelings...) and 120(B) (criminal conspiracy), according to the defence counsel.

They person besides been charged with sections 17 and 18 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) related to raising funds for panic acts and assorted sections of the IT Act.

The tribunal has fixed the adjacent proceeding for May 1.

Kappan on with Rahman, Masud Ahmed and Alam was arrested successful October past twelvemonth portion they were heading to Hathras wherever a 19-year aged Dalit pistillate had allegedly been gang-raped and murdered.

The FIR against them claimed that they were going to Hathras with an volition "to breach the peace" arsenic portion of a "conspiracy".

The Enforcement Directorate had successful February filed its archetypal charge-sheet against the PFI members connected wealth laundering charges, claiming they wanted to "incite communal riots and dispersed terror" successful the aftermath of the Hathras pack rape case.

The territory counsel said that Anshad Badruddin and Firoz Khan are lodged successful Lucknow jailhouse aft being arrested for allegedly plotting to execute a bid of blasts successful Lucknow and elsewhere successful Uttar Pradesh.

The defence counsel claimed that the accused person been falsely implicated successful the case.

He alleged that the accused who were lodged successful Mathura jailhouse were denied nutrient for 24 hours.

"They were not served immoderate nutrient aft 5.00 PM connected Friday till 4.30 PM of Saturday portion they were successful the court," helium claimed, adding that Kappan has diabetes and Rahman is simply a bosom patient.

As they were being taken retired of the court, immoderate of the accused shouted that the charges against them were false.

The Uttar Pradesh authorities has been demanding a prohibition connected PFI, alleging that it is progressive successful fuelling extremism and violence.

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