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Mumbai: TISS student comes out of hiding, records statement

MUMBAI: The police on Wednesday recorded the statement of Urvashi Chudawala, who is accused of shouting slogans in support of sedition-accused JNU student Sharjeel Imam. It was the first time that Chudawala, a transgender student of TISS who also goes by the name Kris, had come out of hiding since an LGBTQ rally at Azad Maidan. After the rally, she had been slapped with a sedition case for slogans raised there. Granted interim relief by the Bombay high court on Tuesday, Chudawala looked calm at the police station. She did not speak to the media waiting outside. The police said Chudawala appeared before them around 11 am and recorded her statement in the presence of DCP Sangramsingh Nishandar. The police said she was supposed to submit her mobile phone but as it was not charged fully she was asked to charge the phone fully and get it on Thursday. "Today we started recording her statement and have asked her to reappear on Thursday to proceed further," an officer said, adding that a lot of time was consumed while she deleted her personal messages and bank apps from her mobile phone. While granting Chudawala interim relief, the high court said if she were arrested she should be released on personal bond of Rs 20,000. The court had directed her to visit the police station on Wednesday and Thursday and on any other occasion the police called her. The Azad Maidan police station had registered the FIR against Chudwala and 50 others. Chudawala had allegedly shouted the slogan: "Sharjeel Tere Sapno Ko Hum Manzil Tak Pahuchaenge (Sharjeel, we will realise your dreams)."

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