Anil Deshmukh criticised the BJP for labelling its critics and dissidents ‘urban Naxals’, and said it was unacceptable.
Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Wednesday said he had asked for a detailed report on the Bhima Koregaon case, including its current status, PTI reported. Read more
MAHARASHTRA HOME MINISTER SEEKS PROBE REPORT ON BHIMA KOREGAON CASE
NDTV / by PTI
In a swipe at the erstwhile BJP government, the newly-appointed home minister said that labelling people “urban naxals” for holding a different view is a wrong practice. Read more
Postcard Campaign: Release Human Rights Activists!
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. Read more
Did GOI just admit in Lok Sabha to using Pegasus to spy on activists?
For the past two weeks, the central government has been mum about the issue of a spyware used on Indian lawyers and human rights activists. It seems to have finally broken its silence by justifying its actions under the IT Act, while the same is being hailed as a blatant violation of constitutionally guaranteed Right to Privacy. Read more
Special court rejects plea challenging its jurisdiction on bail for 9 accused
PUNE: Special Judge Ravindra M Pande, on Friday, rejected the plea of nine accused arrested in connection with the Bhima Koregaon case and alleged Maoist links, challenging the special court’s jurisdiction to take direct cognisance of the offence and to deny them bail. Read more
India Development Review (IDR) / by Sneha Philip and Smarinita Shetty
Stan Swamy [one of accused in the Bhima Koregaon case] is an activist, a social worker and a Jesuit priest who has spent many decades fighting for the rights of Adivasis in Jharkhand.
In this interview with IDR, Stan discusses the emergence and growth of people’s movements, his work with young Adivasi undertrials who are falsely accused of being Naxalites and the difficult choices that confront young Adivasis today. Read more
The dictum of ‘natural justice’ that not a single innocent should be punished – is vanishing into thin air in gathering gales of fascism. Professor GN Saibaba is fighting death languishing in a dark and dingy cell, unable to procure legitimate medical requirements. Thousands of Adivasis are rotting behind the high walls of prison. While those actually involved in bomb explosions, murders and genocides, are coming out from within prison walls to be honoured with felicitations. Some are being given chance to be Parliamentarians too. Is India’s political power dictating what and how justice should be? Asks P. Varalakshmi. Read more
Aug 28: People´s Convention – Protest Demonstration – Cultural Program
By Campaign Against State Repression on Peoples´ Movements
Freedom from Fear & Falsehoods
Freedom from Loot & Plunder
Freedom from War & Violence
Fight Fascism, Defend Democracy!
28th of August 2019: 12 Noon to 5pm
Gass Memorial Centre, Raipur (Chhattisgarh)
Join us to mark one year of the illegal and unconstitutional arrest of Sudha Bharadwaj and other Human Rights Defenders und false and fabricated charges in the Bhima Koregaon case. [read programme report]
Organised by Campaign Against State Repression on Peoples´ Movements
Contact: Dr. Lakhan Singh: 773060946, Rinchin: 9516664520, Adv AP Josy: 993440496, Adv Sadiq Ali: 94255154111
The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act could prove catastrophic for fundamental rights.
In Parliament this month, former Union Minister P. Chidambaram questioned the need for certain amendments to the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), 1967. The Bill empowers the Central government to name any individual a terrorist if it believes him or her to be so. Read more
Koregaon Bhima Inquiry Commission plans to examine Dhawale and Gadling in Yerwada jail
Dhawale and Gadling had earlier filed affidavits before the Commission of Inquiry, which is looking into the sequence of events that led to the violence in Koregaon Bhima on January 1 last year, in which one person died and several others were injured.
The Commission of Inquiry intends to examine Sudhir Dhawale and Surendra Gadling, two of the nine arrested accused in the Elgaar Parishad case, in the first week of September. Both Dhawale, an activist, and Gadling, a lawyer, are currently lodged in Yerwada Central Prison. Read more