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Month: December 2019

Jharkhand withdraws Pathalgadi sedition case, all eyes on Maharashtra now

Jharkhand withdraws Pathalgadi sedition case, all eyes on Maharashtra now

National Herald / by Arun Srivastava

While Hemant Soren, just after assuming the office of the chief minister of Jharkhand, withdrew the Pathalgadi sedition case in the maiden cabinet decision, the Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, even after being in office for some time, has so far not initiated the process to withdraw the Koregaon sedition case.
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Letters from prison ‘sing solidarity’ from heartland of resistance

Letters from prison ‘sing solidarity’ from heartland of resistance

Counterview / by Aviral Anand

A leading newspaper recently published sections from letters that the Elgaar-Parishad accused have written to family members and acquaintances from their current state of incarceration. The letters pulsate with various emotions of those behind bars, but one element that does seem to shine through is a continued concern for their less-fortunate fellow-beings.
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Activists arrested in Elgar Parishad case await trial

Activists arrested in Elgar Parishad case await trial

The Hindustan Times / by Shalaka Shinde

Police have accused 19 people in the case, including nine arrested activists, five alleged underground members of CPI(M), four residents of Pune and a resident of Mumbai …
The case will be heard next on January 1, 2020.
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Bhima Koregaon battle anniversary: Internet could be shut down

Bhima Koregaon battle anniversary: Internet could be shut down

Hindustan Times / by HT Correspondent

PUNE: The Pune rural police and Pune district administration are equipped with precautionary measures like internet shutdown as police officials prepare to tackle potential law and order situations in the district’s Bhima Koregaon area on January 1, 2020. The day marks 202 years since the battle of Bhima Koregaon was fought between the Peshwas and the British East India Company army which comprised local Mahar population.
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Case against Bhide, Ekbote in final stage, says SP Sandip Patil

Case against Bhide, Ekbote in final stage, says SP Sandip Patil

Pune Mirror / by Pune Mirror

Chargesheet will be filed after the approval of govt.
Pune rural police are in the final stages of investigating the case related to the violence in Koregaon Bhima in which Sambhaji Bhide and Milind Ekbote have been named as accused, SP Sandip Patil said on Sunday.
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CAA-NRC-NPR Modi and Shah’s trishul against people: Brinda Karat

CAA-NRC-NPR Modi and Shah’s trishul against people: Brinda Karat

The Indian Express / by Express News Service

Addressing the 12th conclave of All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) at Byculla, Karat accused the Centre of undermining the Constitution and dividing the people in name of caste, creed and religion to serve its “devious larger agenda of (setting up) a theocratic state”. …
“The basic principle of a secular country must be separation of religion from politics… Even today, men and women who fought for the rights of the oppressed and marginalised, like (activist) Sudha Bharadwaj, are in jail in the name of being urban naxals. The state government should withdraw all (Elgaar Parishad) cases,” she added.
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6 Legislations Passed in 2019 That Are A Blot On India’s Democracy

6 Legislations Passed in 2019 That Are A Blot On India’s Democracy

Pic: Pawanjot Kaur, Nov 2019, ‘Mela Ghadari Babian Da’/ The Wire

Feminsm India / by Maduli Thaosen

The BJP Government, within the first few months of its re-election, passed several legislations that are detrimental to Indian constitutional values and federal structure. India’s democracy has only weakened since the BJP’s coming to power, as they’ve relentlessly worked to consolidate power, weaken regional autonomy, and suppress dissent.
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Police seek FBI help in retrieving data from disk

Police seek FBI help in retrieving data from disk

Mumbai Mirror / by Abhishek Sharan

Decision comes after three labs in the country failed to get anything from the damaged disk.
The Pune police will take forensic help from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to retrieve data from a damaged hard disk seized last August from an accused in the January 2018 Elgar Parishad case, sources said on Wednesday.
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Who is Sudha Bharadwaj?

Who is Sudha Bharadwaj?

By Mumbai Rises to Save Democracy

Maaysha, Sudha’s daughter: “If fighting for the rights of adivasis, fighting for workers and peasants, fighting against repression and exploitation and giving up one s whole life for them is being a naxalite then I guess naxalites are pretty good.”

“The 6th Annual Harvard Law International Women’s Day Portrait Exhibit showcases the astounding contributions of women around the world to the areas of law and policy. The honorees — each of whom were nominated by HLS students, faculty or staff — are powerful voices in their respective fields, whether they are sitting on a high court bench, standing in front of a classroom, or marching in the streets.”

Or whether they are sitting in jail.

Advocate Sudha Bharadwaj is a 2019 honoree of the Harvard Law International Women’s day exhibition and is sitting in a jail cell in Pune. How did these conflicting positions come about?

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More holes emerge in Pune Police’s rationale for arresting activists

More holes emerge in Pune Police’s rationale for arresting activists

Pic: Firstpost

Firstpost / by MN Parth

  • On 20 April, 2018, the Pune Police sent the hard drives and memory cards it confiscated from Wilson’s home to the forensic lab with a detailed questionnaire.
  • When the forensic report of Wilson’s devices arrived on 5 November, it did not explicitly say the evidence had been tampered with. It did not even say it was not tampered with.
  • Since the Bhima Koregaon riots took place, observers have repeatedly questioned the veracity and intent of the investigation.

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