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The Imprisoned Nine

The Imprisoned Nine

All the people who are the focus of this campaign have been accused of being associated with what has come to be known as the Bhima-Koregaon case.
At December 31, 2017 about 260 organizations had come together on to the common platform Elgar Parishad (‘loud declaration committee’) to challenge the rising tide of communal forces in India and to fight for maintaining the essentials of the Indian Constitution. The next day they all had gone to Bhima-Koregaon, where every year since the 1990s thousands of Dalits converge at the village Bhima-Koregaon to symbolically commemorate a battle fought in 1818. 

Charges against the Activists

– That they had made inflammatory speeches at the Elgar Parishad.
– That they are acting on behalf of, or are members of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoists).
– That they were plotting to assassinate the Prime Minister.

Lack of Evidence

As it turns out, most of those arrested were not even at the Elgar Parishad event, the charges about the links to Maoists entirely shown to be based on fabricated evidence and so far the charges about the assassination plot had not even a single piece of evidence produced.

The Imprisoned Nine: Who is …?

Who is Sudha Bharadwaj?
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Who is Sudhir Dhawale?
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Who is Arun Ferreira?
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Who is Surendra Gadling?
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Who is Vernon Gonsalves?
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Who is Varavara Rao?
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Who is Mahesh Raut?
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Who is Shoma Sen?
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Who is Rona Wilson?
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Why is the State afraid of Rona Wilson?

Why is the State afraid of Rona Wilson?

Sanhati / By U. Punyark

Bhima-Koregaon witnessed the progressive manifestation of the resistance against dominant Hindutva brahmanical cultural coercion on the vast masses of people in the country.
The celebration at Bhima Koregaon brings to ashes the Hindutva political conspiracy of unifying India on the basis of brahmanical theological practices. Bhima Koregaon is a spatial manifestation of the resistance which the oppressed has presented to the oppressing class and caste of people. It has been the site of the people`s resistance against brahmanical feudal forces.
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Basic rights must be part of poll manifestos: Activists

Basic rights must be part of poll manifestos: Activists

Times of India / By TNN

RANCHI: Tribal rights activist Stan Swami and developmental economist known for labour rights activism Jean Dreze, along with representatives of civil society organisations, released a people’s manifesto under the Jharkhand Janadhikar Mahasabha banner here on Monday.
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HC extends relief from arrest to Teltumbde

HC extends relief from arrest to Teltumbde

The Hindu / By Special Correspondent

The activist has sought anticipatory bail in Bhima-Koregaon violence case.
The Bombay High Court on Tuesday extended protection from arrest to academic-activist Anand Teltumbde in the Bhima-Koregaon violence case till March 22.
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Elgar Parishad Case: Sudha Bharadwaj’s Bail Order To Be Pronounced

Elgar Parishad Case: Sudha Bharadwaj’s Bail Order To Be Pronounced

The Quint / by Ankita Sinha

The Bombay High Court is likely to pronounce its verdict on the bail hearing of activist and lawyer Sudha Bharadwaj on Monday, 11 March. This comes about five months after the Pune High Court rejected her bail. Bharadwaj was first put on house arrest in August 2018 and then arrested by the Pune police in October 2018 in connection with the Elgar Parishad case.
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Maharashtra: Reply to Vernon Gonsalves’ plea challenging arrest, HC tells state

Maharashtra: Reply to Vernon Gonsalves’ plea challenging arrest, HC tells state

The Asian Age / By The Asian Age

Gonsalves was arrested along with other activists Arun Ferreira, Sudha Bharadwaj, P Varavara Rao and Gautam Navlakha last year in the case.
The Bombay high court has refused to give immediate relief to Vernon Gonsalves, an accused in the Bhima-Koregaon violence case. Mr Gonsalves had challenged the extension given by the district court to the police to file a charge sheet in the case. The HC has directed the state to file a reply by April 9.
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People’s Lawyer Sudha Bharadwaj honoured by Harvard University

People’s Lawyer Sudha Bharadwaj honoured by Harvard University

The Leaflet / By Nihalsing B Tathod

Presently incarcerated in a jail in Pune, people’s lawyer Sudha Bharadwaj has been honoured by Harvard University, for her contribution towards law and policy. The National Secretary of the Peoples Union for Civil Liberties has been placed 5th in rank amongst 21 prominent women across the globe. Harvard University has previously honoured Angela Davis and Hillary Clinton.
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Rally and Public Meeting in Raipur

Rally and Public Meeting in Raipur

Photo credits: Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha – Mazdoor Karyakarta Committee

Solidarity with Sudha Bharadwaj and other accused at International Women´s Day in Raipur (Chhattisgarh).