Court denies bail for two students arrested under UAPA

South India

KOZHIKODE: The Kozhikode district principal sessions court in Kerala on Wednesday dismissed the bail applications of two CPI(M) student activists, who were arrested under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for allegedly distributing pro-Maoist pamphlets.

The counsel of the two students told reporters that the Principal Sessions court had dismissed the bail pleas.
As per the report, the court rejected their bail pleas based on strong evidence submitted by the police. However, the grounds on which the bail applications were dismissed will be known only after getting copies of the order.
The court also permitted the counsels to meet the accused for an hour this evening, and the petitioners are also likely to move the high court to quash the FIR against them and to seek bail.
Thaha Fazal and Allan Shuhaib were arrested on November 2 from Pantheerankavu in Kozhikode for allegedly being Maoist sympathisers.
The arrest of Suhaib and Fazal created widespread criticism in the Left-ruled state. The Kerala government came under severe criticism for using UAPA even as the party had a very different stance towards the act.

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