Dr Kafeel Khan calls on Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi
Priyanka Gandhi assured Dr Khan that the party will extend any help and protection needed by him, said a party source
Dr Kafeel Khan, who spent seven months in jail after being indicted by the Yogi government in UP for allegedly inciting communal violence during an anti CAA-NRC rally, called on Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi in Delhi on Monday.
Accompanied by UP Congress chief Ajay Kumar Lallu and head of the UP Congress minority cell Shahnawaz Alam, Dr Kafeel Khan expressed his gratitude towards the Congress for standing with him in his time of crisis during the meeting.
Priyanka Gandhi assured Dr Khan that the party will extend any help and protection needed by him, said a party source.
“It is Congress party’s moral responsibility to protect and defend such people,” said Alam, who was also present during the meeting.
After the meeting, the Congress released photographs in which Dr Khan and his wife can be seen standing beside Priyanka Gandhi.
It may be recalled that prior to his meeting with Priyanka, Dr Kafeel Khan has written a letter to UNHRC informing it about “widespread violations of international human right standards in India and misuse of draconian laws like NSA and UAPA to suppress dissent.”
“Authorities continue to invoke counter-terrorism and national security legislations using procedural police powers against these human right defenders for raising issues which would affect India's poorest and most marginalised community, violating international human right standards,” he wrote in his letter.
Dr Kafeel Khan was arrested by the UP STF from Mumbai in February and lodged in Mathura jail. He was recently absolved of charges under the stringent National Security Act (NSA) by Allahabad High Court and set free, after which he has been living in Congress-ruled Rajasthan.