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No bail for two CPI (M) student activists arrested under UAPA

Press Trust of India  |  Kozhikode (Ker) 

A court here on Wednesday turned down the bail pleas of two

CPI(M) student activists, who were arrested under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for allegedly distributing pro-Maoist pamphlets.

Principal Sessions court judge M R Anitha dismissed the bail applications of Taha Fazal, 24, and Alan Suhaib, 20 after finding that there was prima facie evidence of Maoist links against them.

Taha and Allan, students of journalism and law, respectively and the CPI(M)'s branch committee members, were arrested on November 2 from here, leading to widespread criticism in the Left-ruled state.

The court held that the investigation in the case had just begun and the accused cannot be released on bail at this stage.

The counsel for the accused said they will move the two petitions before the high court to quash the FIR, and to seek bail.

According to the prosecution, the two were activists of the banned CPI(Maoists) and police had evidence against them.

The two accused are under judicial custody till November 15.

Fazal's brother and aunt said they have faith in the judiciary and that police had laid out "fabricated evidence".

Sabitha Madathil, Alan's mother, said more than the bail, she wanted her son to "come out clear of all charges".

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First Published: Wed, November 06 2019. 19:15 IST