The Punjab and Haryana High Court granted bail to labour rights activist Nodeep on Friday, more than six weeks after she was arrested in Haryana’s Sonipat for allegedly gheraoing an industrial unit and demanding money from the company. “The court accepted the bail application of Nodeep Kaur. She has been granted bail by the high court,” her counsel Arshdeep Singh Cheema said.
In her bail plea, the 23-year-old activist had claimed to have been severely beaten up at a police station after she was arrested by the Sonipat police on January 12. The police have denied the charge as “baseless”.
Kaur had also claimed that she was falsely arraigned as accused in an FIR lodged under various sections, including 307 (attempt to murder), of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
The activist claimed she was targeted and falsely implicated in the case as she was successful in generating massive support for the ongoing farmers’ movement against the Centre’s three contentious farm laws.
Hailing from Punjab’s Muktsar district, Kaur is lodged in Haryana’s Karnal jail. On February 24, the high court had posted the hearing on her bail plea to Friday.
Kaur, 24, is charged in three cases, including attempt to murder and extortion. She has already been granted bail in the other two cases. Advocate Cheema said the trial court had already accepted her bail plea in the other two FIRs, numbered 649 and 26. The HC Friday granted Kaur bail in FIR number 25, which is also registered at PS Kundli.
Nodeep’s sister Rajvir had earlier told, “Nodeep joined the (farmers’) protest at Singhu in November. She was also fighting for labourers who didn’t get wages regularly. On January 12, she was protesting near a factory in Kundli when police picked her up… I met her and she told me cops assaulted her in custody.”