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250 cases of killings in alleged fake encounters registered from 2014 to January 20, 2019: MoS Home Kiren Rijuju tells Parliament

250 cases of killings in alleged fake encounters registered from 2014 to January 20, 2019: MoS Home Kiren Rijuju tells Parliament

The Leaflet / By The Leaflet

MoS (Home) informed Rajya Sabha that a total of 250 cases of killings in alleged fake encounters have been registered from 2014 upto January 20, 2019. In this category, Andhra Pradesh has maximum number of 58 cases followed by Uttar Pradesh and Odisha with 43 and 28 cases respectively in which complaints of alleged fake encounters have been received.
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Indian govt accused of war on activists ahead of election

Indian govt accused of war on activists ahead of election

Asia Times / By Asia Times

The arrest of activists linked to the Bhima Koregaon violence continues amid fears case has been politicized.
The Bhima-Koregaon riots case in Maharashtra has taken multiple twists and turns over the past year, from arbitrary arrests to dubious evidence and delayed investigation to a conspiracy theory about a plot to kill Prime Minister Narendra Modi. But recent developments show this has become a “state versus activists” case ahead of the election this year.
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India doesn’t have enough legal safeguards to protect expression of healthy criticism, but a recent Kerala High Court judgment might go a long way to change that

India doesn’t have enough legal safeguards to protect expression of healthy criticism, but a recent Kerala High Court judgment might go a long way to change that

The Leaflet / By Raja Dandamudi

When governments, both central and state, are not tolerating genuine criticism of governmental actions, and the courts are not doing much to protect the freedom of expression, a recent judgment by the Kerala High Court introduces a fresh breeze in an otherwise tense environment, where the voices of only some kinds of majorities are being entertained, while voices of minorities are being suppressed. Also, the judgment goes a long away in furthering the labour rights of employees, to express their opinion, even if it amounts to criticism of their employer or superiors.
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Report: Free Speech in India 2018: The State Rolls On

Report: Free Speech in India 2018: The State Rolls On

FreeSpeechCollective / By the FreeSpeechCollective

The range of curbs on free speech, with unreasonable and often illegal clampdowns from various quarters – the State, both at the Centre and respective state governments; non-state actors and vigilante groups; corporations and industrialists, provides a glimpse of the challenges ahead as India heads into a national election that promises to be one of the most fiercely contested amid an increasingly polarised polity.

Table of Contents
I Killings of journalists
II Attacks
III Detention and Arrests
IV Threats
V Censorship
VI Online Media: Arrests, Shutdowns and Regulation
VII Defamation suits
VIII Contempt of court
IX Sedition
X Privacy and Surveillance
XI Government Control, Policy and Regulation XII Judicial orders
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Jharkhand Govt training Adivasis to fight/kill Adivasis: a Note of Resistance

Jharkhand Govt training Adivasis to fight/kill Adivasis: a Note of Resistance

First published: Jul 14, 2014

India Restists / By Stan Swamy

“Tribals to be trained in guerrilla warfare to fight Maoists in state” (Hindustan Times, Ranchi edition, 30-6-2014). The newspaper report goes on to spell out govt’s plan. Two special battalions comprising of youths from the primitive tribal groups in the state will be recruited and trained in advanced guerrilla warfare to fight the Maoists in the forests.
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A study of Undertrials in Jharkhand

A study of Undertrials in Jharkhand

First published: Feb 2, 2016

Sanhati / By Bagaicha Research Team

This is a research study undertaken to document and highlight the problems of impoverished Adivasis and Moolvasis of Jharkhand, who are being accused as Maoists. Maoists are simplistically referred to as Naxalites in the commercial media.
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