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Bail for Sadaf Jafar, Darapuri, other protesters in Lucknow

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Lucknow: A district court here on Friday granted bail to Congress worker Sadaf Jafar, former IPS officer S.R. Darapuri, Pawan Rao Ambedkar and several others who had been arrested for protesting against the citizenship law here on December 19.

After the sessions court rejected the bail pleas, they came up for hearing in the district court.

The Hazratganj police had booked Jafar and others under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act, 1984 and the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 1932.

A petition was filed in the Allahabad High Court for quashing the FIR against Jafar, calling her arrest illegal. The high court, on Thursday, had asked the state government to file its reply within two weeks on the petition.

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had lashed out at the UP government saying it has “crossed all limits of inhumanity” by arresting Jafar who has two minor children and Darapuri, a retired IPS officer.

Gandhi had visited the home of both the jailed leaders in Lucknow last week.

More than 100 people were arrested after December 19 protests. Prominent human rights lawyer Mohammed Shoaib and Darapuri were among those who were arrested for opposing the citizenship law.

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Nirbhaya convicts to be hanged on March 3 at 6 a.m.

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New Delhi: The four death-row convicts in the Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case will now be hanged on March 3 at 6 a.m., a local court announced here on Monday.

Additional Sessions Judge Dharmendra Rana pronounced the order on a petition seeking issuance of fresh date for the execution of death warrants in the case pertaining to the gang-rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman in the national capital in December 2012.

Expressing satisfaction over the latest court order, Nirbhaya’s mother said, “I’m satisfied and happy. I hope the convicts will finally be hanged on March 3,” Asha Devi told mediapersons.

The case pertains to the gang-rape and murder of a 23-year-old girl in the national capital in December 2012.

On January 31, a trial court had stayed “till further order” the execution of the four convicts — Mukesh Kumar Singh (32), Pawan Gupta (25), Vinay Kumar Sharma (26) and Akshay Kumar (31).

Of the four convicts, Pawan has not yet availed the remedy of either curative petition or mercy plea.

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