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Bhim Army chief released, vows to 'punish' BJP

IANS  |  Saharanpur (Uttar Pradesh) 

and leader Chandra Shekhar aka on Friday pledged to teach the BJP a lesson after he was released from prison where he was held since last year under the National Security Act (NSA).

As he walked out of the jail, Chandra Shekhar slammed the "anti-Dalit" (BJP) government in and vowed to pay back for his imprisonment.

Amid jubilation from his supporters, the was released early in the day from the

He told journalists that his release before the due date of release on November 1 was due to the pressure mounted by his his supporters.

Refusing to embrace the BJP's attempt to pit him against (BSP) and called the four-time Chief Minister his "bua (aunty) whom he respected a lot".

This is widely seen as a setback to the BJP's attempt to drive a wedge between the two leaders.

The government on Thursday okayed the release of Chandra Shekhar. The sudden decision was conveyed to the of Saharanpur.

The decision to free the chief ahead of November 1 followed a representation from his mother, said Uttar Pradesh (Home)

The BJP government has also decided to release, ahead of time, two accomplices of the Bhim Army chief - Sonu and Shiv Kumar. They were to be released on November 14 this year.

Following a caste conflict in May 2017, the three along with three others were jailed under the NSA. The others were freed on September 7 this year.

On May 5, the Bhim Sena shot into limelight after a caste clash between Rajputs and Dalits in which a police station was set on fire and 20 vehicles gutted.

The violence continued for many days, leaving the on tenterhooks as it was in power for just two months at that time.

Chandra Shekhar is an by profession and had formed the outfit, 'Bhim Army Bharat Ekta Mission', in July 2015 to fight for the rights of the Dalits.

The group has attracted hundreds, specially Dalit youths.



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First Published: Fri, September 14 2018. 21:12 IST