Jailed Bhim Army M’nagar dist chief suffers chest pain, admitted in Meerut hospital
Muzaffarnagar: Jailed district president of Muzaffarnagar, Upkar Bawra, has been admitted in hospital in a serious condition on Monday night after he complained of severe chest pain. Bawra was initially rushed to Muzaffarnagar district hospital, where doctors referred the patient to a higher medical centre in Meerut, said sources. Bawra is serving prison term in Muzaffarnagar jail for allegedly indulging in violence during the April 2 Dalit agitation last year.
As the news spread, a large numbers of Bhim Army workers from Muzaffarnagar and Meerut gathered at the hospital where Bawra is currently admitted. Jail superintendent A K Saxena said, “Bawra, 29, complained of severe pain in the chest after which we immediately shifted him to Muzaffarnagar district hospital from where he was referred to a higher medical centre in Meerut.”
Jitendra Singh, spokesperson of Bhim Army (local unit) said, “He (Bawra) was suffering from illness for the past four days. He was taken to Muzaffarnagar district hospital two days ago, but on Monday night he complained of severe chest pain. Currently, he is in ICU of Meerut Medical College hospital.” It should be noted that the authorities had extended the Bhim Army detention of Bhim Army’s district chief under the National Security Act (NSA) by three months in December 2018. Bawra was arrested after April 2 violence last year. Later, NSA was slapped on him and he two of his associates.
On November 13, Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad met those imprisoned in Muzaffarnagar jail and announced to launch a protest demanding the release of the Dalit prisoners. On December 1 last year, Azad and a large number of Dalits laid siege to the Muzaffarnagar collectorate demanding the release Bawra and others.
After the April 2 violence, more than 50 people were sent to jail and 42 cases were registered against them in four police stations, including GRP. On 2 April, Dalit protests turned into a battlefield after some protesters vandalized government and private property. One youth had died and nearly 40 people, including police personnel, were injured in the violence in Muzaffarnagar. Angry protesters had also set ablaze several vehicles. In Meerut, two persons had died in the violence.