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Month: August 2020

Video: N Venugaopal Rao on VV Rao´s health and bail plea, and the conspiracy surrounding his arrest

Video: N Venugaopal Rao on VV Rao´s health and bail plea, and the conspiracy surrounding his arrest


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News Loundry / Newslaundry’s Manisha Pande with N Venugaopal Rao

„The whole case is a lot of lies, fabrications and cooked up things.“
N Venugopal Rao is a writer and the nephew of Varavara Rao, the poet who has been arrested in the Bhima Koregaon case. Varavara was arrested two years ago along with 12 other activists. He has been repeatedly denied bail and has been in poor health for the past month, testing positive for Covid on July 16.
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NIA questions social activist Stan Swami in Jharkhand

NIA questions social activist Stan Swami in Jharkhand

The Hindu / by pti

In 2018, a police team from Maharashtra had raided his residence and seized his computer in connection with the probe.
The NIA on Thursday questioned social activist Stan Swami at his residence in Ranchi in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence, an official said.
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Commercial mining – not a boon but a curse

23/06/2020

Gaon Connection / by Stan Swamy

On June 18, 2020, the central government released a list of 41 coal blocks from all over the country to be auctioned to private companies. Most of these mines are located in the predominantly Adivasi-inhabited areas. About 40 per cent of the 60 million people displaced by development projects in the past decades are Adivasis.
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NIA Court extends Hany Babu’s custody till Aug 7 / Mumbai HC hearings

NIA Court extends Hany Babu’s custody till Aug 7 / Mumbai HC hearings

NIA court extends Hany Babu’s custody till Aug 7

04/08/2020

Hindustan Times / by Charul Shah

The NIA claimed that Tharayil was in touch with those connected to Manipur-based insurgent group Kangleipak Communist Party –Military Council (KCP – MC), a banned outfit.
The special National Investigation (NIA) court on Tuesday extended the custody of Hany Babu Musaliyarveettil Tharayil (54), an associate professor in the department of English with the Delhi University (DU) and accused in the Elgar Parishad/ Bhima Koregaon case, to the central probe agency until August 7 (Friday).
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Mumbai High Court Hearings

+++ Update Aug 6, by The Hindu-Mumbai: Bombay HC suspends hearing of all matters today due to acute shortage of staff owing to disruption in train services due to heavy rains +++


+++ Update Aug 5: Sudha Bharadwaj´s bail plea could not be heard today. Next hearing scheduled for Aug 7 +++


+++ Update Aug 4, by The Hindu Mumbai: All video conference hearings suspended today at Bombay HC due to acute shortage of staff because of heavy rain. Matters will be taken up tomorrow +++


BK12 Solidarity in Kolkata + New York / Fast by Purogamana Kala Sahitya Sangham in Kerela

BK12 Solidarity in Kolkata + New York / Fast by Purogamana Kala Sahitya Sangham in Kerela


Fast by Purogamana Kala Sahitya Sangham in Kerela

05/08/2020


Pic Credit: Siddhesh Gautam

Dalit Camera / by Dalit Bahujans for Hany Babu

1000 cultural activists would fast under the banner of the Thrissur District Committee of the Purogamana Kala Sahitya Sangham (Pu.Ka.Sa. – Progressive Association of Art and Literature) on Thursday, 6th of August, demanding that the life of revolutionary poet Varavara Rao be saved, and that he be released from jail immediately.
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KOLKATA: LET THE RAIN BE THERE! WE WILL SHIELD THE FIRE!

04/08/2020

By Release The Poet

SO, by the drizzling afternoon
On Central Kolkata road, WE uttered out loud …
“Varavara’s Comrade! Let’s build Barricade!”
“Soma’s Comrade! Build up Barricade!
“Sudha’s Comrade! Let’s build Barricade!”
“Rona’s Comrade! Build up Barricade!”
“Hanybabu’s Comrade! Let’s build Barricade!”
“GN’s Comrade! Build up Barricade!”

“Join Us Comrade! Let’s build Barricade!”

PUCL • CRPP • AIPF • FOD • PYL • BHIM ARMY • IFTU • AISA • NO NRC MOVEMENT • SANGHATI UDYOG • RSF •
BANDI MUKTI COMMITTEE • SARA BANGLA GANAPRATIRODH MANCHA •
RELEASE THE POET
Another Curve Fails to Flatten: BJP’s Use of Sedition Law

Another Curve Fails to Flatten: BJP’s Use of Sedition Law

Newsclick / by Suhit K Sen

Hany Babu has been charged with a colonial-era law that was invoked 233 times between 2014 and 2018.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested Delhi University associate professor of English Hany Babu MT on 28 July in connection with the Bhima Koregaon case. He is the 12th person to be held in this connection.
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The Ever Looming Darkness Of Law Of Sedition

04/08/2020

Live Law / by Pulkit Malhotra

An honest omission was ratified, albeit, realized after a decade. With the enactment of the Indian Penal Code Amendment Act, 1870, the law of sedition took birth and in came, the darkest days for the most cherished right- the right to express. The dystopian society, with the kind blessings of the ‘government’ in power back then, was burdened with a draconian law, which unfortunately still finds a place in our society, with no checks and balances, leaving several people destitute … Lately, there are several eminent personalities such as Mr. Vinod Dua, Mrs. Sudha Bharadwaj, Mr. Varavara Rao and Mr. Gautam Navlakha, who have been booked under the outdated law, which law, in my opinion, requires immediate attention of the Government in order to protect free speech, which is granted by our Constitution.
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Committee condemns the raid on the house of Dr Hany Babu

Committee condemns the raid on the house of Dr Hany Babu

Countercurrents / by Committee for the Defence and Release of Dr G N Saibaba

We strongly condemn the unwarranted raid on 2nd August 2020 by officers of the National Intelligence Agency, on the house of Dr Hany Babu, a member of the Committee… The raid at his house, conducted on the 2nd morning, was ostensibly to collect material to corroborate the arrest. It defies all logic that the arrest of Dr Babu was made without sufficient basis, to the point that the NIA now finds itself searching for material to justify the arrest, post-facto and concocting false ”evidence” against him.
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This is the time to resist not fear, says Hany Babu’s wife Jenny Rowena

This is the time to resist not fear, says Hany Babu’s wife Jenny Rowena


Solidarity program at DU after first raid in 2019

The New Indian Express / by Alisha Rahaman Sarkar

The NIA had arrested Hany Babu for allegedly propagating ‘Naxal activities and Maoist ideology’ and being a ‘co-conspirator’ in the Elgar Parishad case.
A day after a 10-member National Investigative Agency (NIA) team conducted raids at Delhi University professor Hany Babu’s residence, his wife Dr Jenny Rowena said that they will fight the legal battle without giving in to fear.
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NIA Raids Miranda House Teacher Jenny Rowena’s Residence

02/08/2020

The Wire / by Sukanya Shantha

Rowena´s partner, Delhi University teacher Hany Babu M.T., was arrested in the case on July 28.
Mumbai: A team of ten officers – eight men and two women – from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) reached the residence of Dr Jenny Rowena, an associate professor at Miranda House, at 7:30 am on Sunday (August 2). The team searched her Noida residence as a part of the ongoing investigation in the Elgar Parishad case, in which Rowena’s partner Hany Babu M.T., Delhi University associate professor of English, was arrested on July 28.
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NIA raided Hany Babu´s residence

By Dalit Camera / @DalitCamera

According to sources, NIA arrived at Dr. Hany Babu and Dr. Jenny Rowena’s residence at 7.30 am today with a warrant under the pretext of evidence collection for Dr. Babu’s case. Dr. Rowena did not allow them to enter the house until her friends arrived.
The NIA came with two women officers and local reinforcements and left with hard disks and papers belonging to Prof. GN Sai Baba’s Defence Committee. Nothing belonging to Dr. Rowena and their daughter was taken.

By Students in Solidarity With Prof. Hany Babu / @WithHanyBabu

We are getting shocking reports that the house of Dr. Jenny Rowena, who teaches in Miranda House, and is wife of recently arrested Prof. Hany Babu, is being raided right now.

PUCL criticises Hany Babu’s arrest, says NIA acted in `sheer spite´

PUCL criticises Hany Babu’s arrest, says NIA acted in `sheer spite´

Scroll.in / by Scroll Staff

The human rights body said the government was resorting to ‘fabricated prosecutions’ using the UAPA to punish activists and academics.
The People’s Union for Civil Liberties on Sunday criticised the arrest of Delhi University professor MT Hany Babu in the Bhima Koregaon case, calling it an attempt to criminalise and silence intellectuals in India.
Babu was arrested by the National Investigation Agency on July 28.
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1.000 Taloja Jail inmates, including some BK case prisoners, have COVID-like symptoms, say families

1.000 Taloja Jail inmates, including some BK case prisoners, have COVID-like symptoms, say families


Drawing by Arun Ferreira

COVID-19, Political Prisoners, and the Overcrowding of Prisons

03/08/2020

Jurist / by Abhishek Chakravarty and Abhijit Rajkhowa

Barely a few months after news broke about a novel virus with the potential for a global pandemic, COVID-19 brought the entire world to a grinding halt … The virus has mercilessly affected all sections of our society whether rich or poor, young or old. Now the virus knocks at the door of a highly vulnerable group of people whose choices are limited – prisoners.
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1.000 Taloja Jail inmates, including some BK case prisoners, have COVID-like symptoms, say families

02/08/2020

Firstpost / by Parth MN

Anand Teltumbde’s family is anxiously awaiting his test results. The high court directed the state to inform the family on 1 August.
When Monali Raut spoke to her imprisoned brother Mahesh last week, it got her a bit worried. “He said almost half the prisoners in Taloja Central Prison have been suffering from flu, cough or cold in the past week,” she said.
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