New Delhi: Sabha Husain, the female partner of arrested activist Gautam Navlakha, said on Thursday that they were asked by the cops to keep their bedroom open and sleep. “I was livid and I flipped. I asked them to stand up and say sorry,” Sabha Husain was quoted as saying by PTI.
“This morning, I ensured the three policemen, including a woman constable, was moved outside the house. The lawyer gave them a piece of her mind after which they moved out,” she said, adding that it was a relief for them. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court directed that the five rights activists arrested by Maharashtra Police should be kept under house arrest until September 6, the next date of hearing.
Describing the scene at their residence in Delhi’s Nehru Enclave, where Navlakha has been put under house arrest, Husain said that they were put under constant surveillance with policemen present at the residence. She was being “constantly watched” and felt “worst” surrounded by the policemen all the time.
“We are alone in the house today. There was a constant police presence inside. We wake up to them. Wherever we go inside the house, they watched us. It completely disorients your mind,” Husain, who has been with Navlakha since his house arrest, said.
She further added that the police have put up a red cloth outside the house to prevent outsiders from getting to know their activities inside. “No relatives, no friends, even people who help Navlakha with his bank work are not allowed inside,” she rued, adding, “We are managing our day-to-day activities somehow.”
Navlakha, Husain said, is prepared for any outcome. “We are quite confident. It is for the police to probe charges. We are sure nothing substantial will come out. It cannot harm them (the activists),” said Husain.