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What do Bhima Koregaon and Hathras have in common? Siddique Kappan, says UP police

What do Bhima Koregaon and Hathras have in common? Siddique Kappan, says UP police

Newslaundry / by Akansksha Kumar

UP police is convinced press releases on Siddique Kappan’s phone are proof of him ‘receiving instructions’ on behalf of PFI
Based on an examination of the chargesheet by defence lawyer Madhuvan Dutt Chaturvedi, Newslaundry has learnt that a series of WhatsApp messages, recovered from Kappan’s phone, have been interpreted by UP police’s special task force as evidence of the organisation Popular Front of India “trying to interfere” in the case of violence at Bhima Koregaon in 2018.
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NIA raids human rights activist’s Srinagar residence / Statement by PUCL

NIA raids human rights activist’s Srinagar residence / Statement by PUCL


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Release Kashmiri human rights defender Khurram Parvez

24/11/2021

Countercurrents / by PUCL

Press Statement
PUCL calls for the immediate release of Kashmiri human rights defender Khurram Parvez, who was arrested on 22nd November 2021, by the National Investigating Agency under various provisions of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and Indian Penal Code…
PUCL firmly believes that the present action is one more attempt on part of the present establishment to silence peaceful, non violent dissenters. In the context of what has happened in recent times concerning cases of Bhima Koregaon, Delhi riots, Tripura violence, farmers protest, the tool kit case, Siddique Kappan case and various others across the country, Khurram’s arrest is one more instance of a brutalizing state machinery being used against human rights defenders.
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NIA raids human rights activist’s Srinagar residence over terror links

23/11/2021

Deccan Herald / by Zulfikar Majid, DHNS

The probe agency sleuths carried out searches at Khurram Parvez’s residence in Sonwar and office at Amira Kadal.
In an early morning swoop, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) Monday carried out searches at the residence and office of human rights activist Khurram Parvez in Srinagar, in connection with a terror funding probe…
The NIA has reportedly found links between Parvez and charge-sheeted activist Gautam Navlakha, who was arrested by the probe agency last year.
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by Mary Lawlor, UN Special Rapporteur HRDs (Nov 22):
I’m hearing disturbing reports that Khurram Parvez was arrested today in Kashmir & is at risk of being charged by authorities in #India with terrorism-related crimes. He’s not a terrorist, he’s a Human Rights Defender

IPS officer appears before Koregaon Bhima panel, seeks time to file affidavit

IPS officer appears before Koregaon Bhima panel, seeks time to file affidavit

IPS officer appears before Koregaon Bhima panel, seeks time to file affidavit

19/11/2021

The Indian Express / by Chandan Haygunde

The two-member commission headed by retired Justice J N Patel is probing the causes of the Koregaon Bhima violence of January 1, 2018, in which one person died and several were injured.
Former Pune Police Commissioner Rashmi Shukla on Thursday appeared before the Koregaon Bhima Commission of Inquiry in Mumbai and sought time to file her affidavit, claiming that she is yet to receive certain documents from Pune City Police.
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Elgaar Parishad organiser questioned on presence at convicted Maoist’s death anniversary

17/11/2021

The Indian Express / by Chandan Haygunde

A two-member commission, headed by retired Justice J N Patel, is probing into the causes of the Koregaon Bhima violence of January 1, 2018.
As Koregaon Bhima Commission of Inquiry restarted its hearings in Mumbai, witness Harshali Potdar, an organiser of the Elgaar Parishad, was questioned about her participation in a programme held in Mumbai to mark the death anniversary of convicted Maoist leader Sridhar Srinivasan.
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Also read:
Bhima Koregaon: Outcome of a ‘Larger Conspiracy’? (Rediff.com / Oct 2021)
Witness Before Probe Panel Accuses Sambhaji Bhide & Milind Ekbote Of Instigating Bhima Koregaon Riots (Live Law / Sep 2021)

Milind Teltumbde’s alleged Pune links / Elgar Parishad deny links with Maoists

Milind Teltumbde’s alleged Pune links / Elgar Parishad deny links with Maoists

Slain Maoist leader Milind Teltumbde’s Pune links include ‘organising Naxal camp’

16/11/2021

The Indian Express / by Chandan Haygunde

Records with the Maharashtra Police also show that Milind Teltumbde was involved in recruiting city youths for the Maoist movement.
From organising a 15-day residential ‘Naxal camp’ in Pune, recruiting city youths for the Maoist movement and being named an accused in the Elgaar Parishad case, top CPI-Maoist leader Milind Teltumbde, who was killed in an encounter with security forces in Gadchiroli, was known to be active in Pune and surrounding areas, as per Maharashtra Police records.
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Who was Milind Teltumbde, Maoist leader killed in Gadchiroli encounter

14/11/2021

The Indian Express / by Vivek Deshpande

“Teltumbde was the main financier of the Bhima-Koregaon programme organised in Pune three years ago,” said a former senior police officer.
Top Maoist leader Milind Teltumbde, who had a reward of Rs 50 lakh on his head, was among the 26 Naxals killed in a fierce encounter with the police in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district on Saturday.
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‘They want fascist forces to reign’: Retired judges who organised Pune’s Elgaar Parishad speak out

01/09/2018

Scroll.in / by Aarefa Johari

Justices BG Kolse-Patil and PB Sawant say they were the main organisers and sole funders of the event held a day before violence broke out at Bhima Koregaon.
According to the Pune police, the event was organised by members of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist), with the aim of “spreading rebellious thoughts”, instigating violence at Bhima Koregaon and establishing a nationwide “anti-fascist front” to “wage war against the government”.
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UAPA: Lawyers Challenge Sections Defining ‘Unlawful Activities’ as Vague

UAPA: Lawyers Challenge Sections Defining ‘Unlawful Activities’ as Vague


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UAPA: Lawyers Challenge Sections Defining ‘Unlawful Activities’ as Vague

12/11/2021

Gauri Lankesh News / by Grauri Lankesh News Desk

The unlawful activities are defined in such a vague manner to make its application solely on the discretion of police machinery, say the petitioners.
The petition has been filed by two advocates and one journalist, who have been booked under UAPA in connection with their social media posts and work related to the recent communal violence in Tripura …
Many eminent lawyers and activists also petitioned against sections of UAPA
Bhima Koregaon accused Anand Teltumbde has filed a petition before the Bombay High Court challenging Section 43D of UAPA on bail as well as misuse of the term “front organisation” by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
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As the police reach increasingly for draconian UAPA, are the courts pushing back?

11/11/2021

Scroll.in / by Umang Poddar

There have been a few instances recently of the courts granting bail to people accused under the anti-terror law.
… Over the past few years, there has been an increase in the number of cases against the government’s critics under the UAPA, a harsh law that was passed to deal with terrorist activities and actions such as inciting secession or disrupting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India.
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Tracing The Footprints Of National Security Vis-À-Vis Fundamental Rights

11/11/2021

Live Law / by Kaustubh Tiwari

… It has been a sorry state of affairs for fundamental rights in the courts when the word national security is uttered by the government like in the Rafael, Bhima- Koregaon and Rohingya Refugee matters. The court’s dilettante disposition for fundamentals rights is quite conspicuously reflected by its own line of decisions. This being a persistent notoriety of the courts in India, it is time- warranted that the Supreme Court needs to find the correct opportunity to rectify the judicial alacrity to uphold provisions of law highly repugnant to fundamental rights when place against national security concerns and craft a balancing approach whereby fundamentals rights and the security of the state both can peacefully co-exist.
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Also read:
Anand Teltumbde Moves Bombay High Court Challenging Stringent Bail Conditions & ‘Vague Terminology’ In UAPA (Live Law / Sep 2021)

Koregaon Bhima panel hearings to resume from Nov 15, Rashmi Shukla summoned

Koregaon Bhima panel hearings to resume from Nov 15, Rashmi Shukla summoned

The Indian Express / by Chandan Haygunde

As per the schedule, IPS officer Rashmi Shukla, who was a former Pune Police Commissioner, has been summoned to appear before the panel as a witness on November 18.
After receiving a nod from the state government regarding availability of a bigger venue in Mumbai for the purpose, the Koregaon Bhima Commission of Inquiry on Monday released its schedule for conducting the next set of hearings in the case.
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Explained: Bhima Koregaon Commission

Explained: Bhima Koregaon Commission

The Hindu / by Sonam Saigal

The panel set up to inquire into the 2018 violence has suspended work till provision of suitable accommodation.
On January 1, 1818, a battle between the Peshwas and the British resulted in the overthrow of the Peshwas. To honour the valour of the soldiers, a Vijay Stambh, a war memorial was built Bhima Koregaon village. In 1921, on January 1, Dr B.R. Ambedkar visited the site which resulted in the initiation of an annual tradition to commemorate the occasion. Thereafter every year on January 1, large numbers of Bahujan gather at the Vijay Stambh to pay tribute to Dalits.
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Also read:
Bhima Koregaon Judicial Commission Suspends Hearing After Maharashtra Govt Fails to Provide Accommodation In Mumbai (Live Law / Nov 2, 2021)
Let’s Remember the Lesson of Bhima Koregaon: Down with the New Peshwai (Sanhati, March 2018)

A new imagination in Dalit-Bahujan politics – social differences and economic inequalities

A new imagination in Dalit-Bahujan politics – social differences and economic inequalities

The Telegraph / by Ajay Gudavarthy

… The Dalit intellectual and activist, Anand Teltumbde, had lamented for long that reservation has benefited about 6 per cent of Dalits, leaving the rest in abject poverty. One of the consequences of this is that this privileged minority among Dalits begins to be characterized more by its new-found class mobility rather than by caste-based concerns. It is not surprising that Anand’s incarceration has not mobilized Dalit-Bahujan organizations; most of them believe that articulating such ‘abstract’ structural issues brings no concrete benefits to the Dalit-Bahujan cause.
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Also read:
Let’s Remember the Lesson of Bhima Koregaon: Down with the New Peshwai (Sanhati, March 2018)

Home dept offers room to Bhima Koregaon panel / Panel suspends hearing until govt provides suitable premises

Home dept offers room to Bhima Koregaon panel / Panel suspends hearing until govt provides suitable premises

Home dept offers room to Bhima Koregaon panel at Sahyadri guest house

02/11/2021

Hindustan Times / by By Nadeem Inamdar

A day after the Bhima Koregaon Commission announced suspension of its functioning due to a lack of space, the state home department informed the panel that one room would be made available in Mumbai to conduct the hearings.
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Bhima Koregaon Judicial Commission Suspends Hearing After Maharashtra Govt Fails to Provide Accommodation In Mumbai

02/11/2021

Live Law / by Sharmeen Hakim

The two-member judicial commission appointed by the Maharashtra Government to probe the caste-based violence at Koregaon-Bhima on January 1, 2018, has indefinitely suspended its function due to the State government’s apathy to provide proper accommodation for proceedings.
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Koregaon-Bhima probe panel suspends hearing until Maha govt provides suitable premises

01/11/2021

The Leaflet / by The Leaflet

The Koregaon-Bhima Inquiry Commission, probing the January 2018 violence near a memorial in Maharashtra’s Pune district, has told the state government that it is suspending all scheduled hearings till the government does not provide it a “suitable accommodation” in Mumbai to conduct the probe into the case.
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Pegasus: The Supreme Court’s order may well be a case of too little, too late

Pegasus: The Supreme Court’s order may well be a case of too little, too late

Free Press Journal / by Anil Singh

Ultimately, all depends on the ability of the SC’s three-member probe panel to find incontrovertible evidence of snooping on citizens in the name of national security.
… The Pegasus episode is likened to Watergate but that was just a break-in ordered by the Nixon administration at the rival party’s office to get some ‘incriminating evidence’. Today, not only can such evidence be stealthily extracted from the mobile phone of the target, it can also be planted in their phone or laptop. Tests conducted by Arsenal, an independent US lab, on the laptops of two tribal rights activists arrested in the Bhima-Koregaon case show that the ‘incriminating evidence’ was planted in them.
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Also read:
Leaked Data Shows Surveillance Net in Elgar Parishad Case May Have Crossed a Line (The Wire / Jul 2021)