Bhim Army Chief Chandrasekhar Azad was arrested on Tuesday (March 12th in Deoband’s, Uttar Pradesh. He was reportedly on his way to Delhi when he was arrested by Kasimpura village police.
The arrest awoke huge commotion in the scene; Azad’s followers blocked the police vehicle from moving to the police station. The ruckus between the police and the followers caused a traffic jam in Muzaffarnagar- Saharanpur highway. He was later admitted to Anand hospital in Meerut due to health issues. Congress General secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, along with other senior Congress members met him at the hospital on 13th Wednesday.
Firstpost reports that the Dalit leader was on his way to Delhi to take part in the birth anniversary celebrations of Bahujan Samaj Party founder Kanshi Ram. He was but denied permission for the same.
Chandrasekhar Azad had said last week that his party would support whichever candidates contesting against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister Smriti Irani. He also vocally criticized Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav for his comments in parliament that ‘he hopes Modi will come back to power.’ He also recently announced his party’s support to the SP-BSP alliance in Uttar Pradesh, if it will turn out benefitting SC and ST communities.
The 31-year-old Dalit leader, who is also known as Ravan, was arrested in June 2017 as well. He was arrested on the grounds of catering to caste violence that took place in Saharanpur in May 2017. One Dalit person was killed and around 16 people were injured in the incident. He was booked under the National Security Act and was later released from jail in September 2018. After the release, Azad reportedly told ANI, “The government was so scared that they are going to be rebuked by Supreme Court, that they ordered an early release to save themselves. I’m confident that they’ll frame some charges against me within 10 days: I’ll ask my people to throw BJP out of power in 2019.”
Azad’s party Bhim Army, also known as Ambedkar Army stands for the rights of Dalit and other marginalized communities.