Parliament attack anniversary: Woman protestor allegedly linked to farmer and wrestlers’ agitation

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Reportedly, Neelam Azad, the alleged abettor of two men who jumped from the public gallery in Parliament (Lok Sabha) on Wednesday, 13 December and released yellow gas from canisters, had been imprisoned with wrestler Sakshi Malik’s mother during the wrestlers’ protest in New Delhi this year and had actively supported the farmer protests in 2020-21. She was arrested outside Parliament.

Thirty-seven-year-old Azad is from the village of Ghaso Khurd in Haryana’s Jind district. She was imprisoned with wrestler Sakshi Malik’s mother, according to a farmer leader from Jind, Sikkim Nain, and was freed after a few hours. Nain was also arrested and transported to a police station in Delhi. He claimed Azad actively joined in the farmer agitation and sat with the protesting farmers.

According to Nain, Azad was influenced by BR Ambedkar and Bhagat Singh. According to Nain, Azad started a library in her hometown and distributed books on Bhagat Singh and the Constitution.

Azad holds MA, M Ed, and M Phil degrees informed her brother Ram Niwas, and has passed the National Eligibility Test. He further stated that she had earlier applied for a position as a trained graduate teacher in Delhi but was not selected.

Azad has been preparing for competitive examinations for the past six months while residing in paying guest accommodation in Delhi. She told her family she was going to Hisar (Haryana), who said they had no idea she was going to Delhi.

Azad’s father runs a sweetmeat shop, and her brothers sell milk in the village and town.

A huge security breach occurred at the Indian Parliament on December 13th, when intruders stormed into the Lok Sabha from the visitors’ gallery while the Winter Session was in session.

According to police sources, six people were involved in this operation, with five being arrested thus far. Both inside and outside Parliament, the suspects detonated coloured smoke canisters. They also chanted slogans outside Parliament.

Opposition parties have demanded an explanation from the ruling party, asking how two people managed to intrude in the presence of such a large security apparatus. The government urged the opposition not to politicise the issue over such a serious matter.

Earlier in the day, on the 22nd anniversary of the 2001 Parliament attack, the Prime Minister and leaders from various parties and security officials paid respect to the 9 persons (8 of whom were security personnel) who died in the attack.



Sasi Nair

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