Intro

Intro

Since January 2018 there have been a series of arrests of workers, trade unionists, activists, journalists, lawyers, intellectuals and artists in India. These arrests mark an onslaught on the voices of dissent and democracy that are resisting the current government’s majoritarian, regressive politics of right wing Hindu nationalism. These people have been arrested for inciting violence at the bi-centennial commemoration of the Bhima-Koregaon battle, held at Pune on January 1, 2018. This while the real perpetrators of the incident – members of a Hindu right wing group, roam free with impunity.  Further allegations against the arrested is of being active members of the Communist Party of India (Maoist), a banned political party in India. These individuals have been arrested under the draconian anti-terror law, Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and face the prospect of being imprisoned as undertrials for a long time, even if acquitted eventually.
The common thread that brings these individuals together is their committed efforts to bring forth the voices and causes of marginalised and oppressed people- dalits, adivasis, workers, farmers and women, living in different parts of the country. This website seeks to document the cases, and provide updates.
These arrests are part of the current authoritarian government’s vicious agenda to curb every dissenting voice that unmasks their true anti-people faces. There is a genuine fear of further crackdown which poses a grave and immediate threat to democracy and dissent in India. We appeal for solidarity with those arrested and urge you to join the CALL FOR ACTION and sustain pressure on the Indian government to immediately release these individuals without any delay.