Kappan and three others were arrested in October 2020, when they were on their way to Hathras.
Lucknow: In a big breaking, Kerala journalist Siddique Kappan was released from jail on Thursday, a day after giving surety in the court for bail. Kappan and three others were arrested in October 2020 while they were on their way to Hathras, where a Dalit woman had allegedly died after being raped.
After being released from jail, Siddique Kappan told sources, “I will continue my fight against the draconian laws. After 28 months long fight, they kept me in jail even after I got bail. I don’t know if I am in jail. Who was benefiting by staying. These two years were very difficult. But I was never scared.”
Actually, Kerala journalist Siddique Kappan has come out of jail on bail. Kappan came out of the jail at around 9.15 am this morning. On coming out of jail, Kappan said, ‘I have come out of jail after 28 months. I want to thank the media for supporting me. False allegations were leveled against me. I am happy to come out now.
Kappan’s two bail bonds (sureties) were deposited in the Lucknow court on Wednesday, which cleared the way for his release from jail and he was released today. On Tuesday, two bonds of Rs 1 lakh each could not be submitted due to non-availability of the judge in the special court in the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
Let us tell you that journalist Siddique Kappan was currently lodged in the district jail of Lucknow and was arrested along with three others – Atiqur Rehman, Alam and Masood – from Mathura in October 2020. He is accused of allegedly having links with the PFI and being part of a conspiracy to incite violence.
A case was registered against journalist Siddique Kappan under various sections of Indian Penal Code, Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and Information Technology Act. Kappan was arrested in October 2020 while on his way to Hathras, where a Dalit woman was raped and later died. In September last year, the Supreme Court granted him bail, but he could not come out due to the money laundering case filed by the ED.
What was the matter
In fact, in the year 2020, a Dalit girl was gang-raped and murdered in Boolgarhi village of Hathras, in which 4 boys were arrested. After the death of the victim, the dead body was burnt in a hurry by the police in the night itself, for which nationwide demonstrations were seen.