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DU Professors P.K. Vijayan, Rakesh Ranjan to be interrogated by NIA in Bhima Koregaon Case

DU Professors P.K. Vijayan, Rakesh Ranjan to be interrogated by NIA in Bhima Koregaon Case

Gauri Lankesh News / by Gauri Lankesh News Desk

Witchhunt of Professors and intellectuals continues. Both Vijayan and Ranjan have made important intellectual contributions to anti-caste and democratic thought.
P.K. Vijayan and Rakesh Ranjan were summoned for interrogation by the NIA in connection to the Bhima Koregaon case. The summon, which was dated August 13, has asked him to appear at the NIA headquarters in New Delhi on August 14. Vijayan and Ranjan are both professors at Delhi University and have been teaching for years. They have made important intellectual contributions to anti-caste and democratic thought.
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NIA Summons Two DU Teachers for Questioning

14/08/2020

The Wire / by Sukanya Shantha

One the faculty members being questioned, P.K. Vijayan, had been targeted in an alleged surveillance conspiracy last year.
Mumbai: The National Investigation Agency (NIA), investigating the Elgar Parishad case, has issued summons to Prem Kumar Vijayan, who teaches English at Hindu College, Delhi University. Vijayan has been summoned to the agency’s Delhi office on August 14.
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DU professor PK Vijayan summoned by NIA in Delhi for questioning

14/08/2020

Scroll.in / by Scroll staff

He is the second professor from the university to be questioned in the case in less than a month.
The National Investigation Agency on Friday summoned Prem Kumar Vijayan, a professor at the English department at Delhi University, in connection with the Bhima Koregaon case, The Times of India reported. He is the second professor from the university to be questioned in the case in less than a month.
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PK Vijayan is summoned by NIA to appear on Aug 14 in Bhima Koregaon case

13/08/2020

Asianspeaks.com / Statement by DSU_ Democratic Students’ Union – DU Unit

Stand in Solidarity with Prof. PK Vijayan, resist attack on our teachers
Prof. PK Vijayan, faculty at English Department in Hindu College, Delhi University is summoned by NIA under Amit Shah’s Home Ministry to appear before them on 14 August, in relation to Bhima Koregaon case. Recently, Prof. Hany Babu of DU was arrested in the case after an year of his witch hunting. Bhima Koregaon unveils the fascist face of the BJP-RSS state with all progressive voices being criminalized.
PK Vijayan is an eminent Marxist scholar and one of the foremost democratic voices in Delhi University. He have stood with the student movement all throughout. It is the duty of student movement to unite and resist the attack on our teachers and university spaces.
Stand with PK Vijayan, Resist fascist attack by Hindutva Brahminical forces!

‘This government has tamed everyone’ – Interview with Rao´s Lawyer

‘This government has tamed everyone’ – Interview with Rao´s Lawyer

Rediff.com /by Vaihayasi Pande Daniel

‘The entire systems they are trying to change.’
Telugu poet, activist, critic and teacher Pendyala Varavara Rao, 79, has a new advocate.
Sudeep Ratnamberdutt Pasbola, who has represented/represents accused like activist Arun Ferreira, politician Rahul Gandhi, gangster Abu Salem, HR consultant Indrani Mukerjea, gangster Arun Gawli, 1993 and 2006 Mumbai blast accused, amongst many others, took on Professor Rao’s case in July… Pasbola spoke to Rediff.com’s Vaihayasi Pande Daniel about Professor Rao’s case and why bail is no longer being granted by courts for certain types of accused.
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Varavara Rao’s Family Awaits News On His Health, Writes Jailed Poet’s Nephew

Varavara Rao’s Family Awaits News On His Health, Writes Jailed Poet’s Nephew

Outlook / by N Venugopal

It has been eleven days since Varavara Rao’s family saw the physically weak and psychologically suffering poet on video conference and there is still no news from anywhere – hospital or jail.
It’s exactly one month since Varavara Rao’s family felt disturbed with his incoherent talk and began emergency efforts to bring the dreadful condition of his health to people’s notice, to appeal to all the systems of governance and to move judiciary seeking an immediate remedy to the risk to his life.
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Dr Jenny Rowena On Prof Hany Babu’s Arrest, House Raids And Casteism

Dr Jenny Rowena On Prof Hany Babu’s Arrest, House Raids And Casteism


Solidarity poster by @bakeryprasad

Huffpost / by Betwa Sharma

Hany Babu Musaliyarveettil Tharayil is the 12th person to be arrested in the Elgaar Parishad-Bhima Koregaon case.
New Delhi – “Day in and day out we are reminded that there is no justice in this country. And there is no peace without justice,” Hany Babu Musaliyarveettil Tharayil, an associate professor of English at Delhi University tweeted one day in July this year. Babu is a vocal and influential voice against India’s discriminatory caste system.
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State to re-verify after medical reports of Anand Teltumbde, Mahesh Raut show identical details

State to re-verify after medical reports of Anand Teltumbde, Mahesh Raut show identical details

The Indian Express / by Express News Service

Vijay Hiremath had pointed out that the health parameters mentioned on Mahesh Raut’s report were identical to the medical report of activist Anand Teltumbde (68), a co-accused in the case, who is also lodged in the Taloja jail.
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HC wants to know how Anand Teltumbde, Mahesh Raut have same BP, pulse and O2 levels, weight, height in jail reports

08/08/2020

Mumbai Mirror / by Sharmeen Hakim

HC seeks explanation after Taloja jail’s medical reports say hey are also identical in height, weight.
The Bombay High Court has sought an explanation from Taloja Prison officials following revelations that certain portions of academic Anand Teltumbde and activist Mahesh Raut’s medical reports, both accused in the Bhima Koregaon-Elgar Parishad case, are exactly the same. The two approached the HC after co-accused Telugu poet Varavara Rao tested positive for the coronavirus last month.
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NIA Interrogates Father Stan Swamy in Bhima Koregaon Case

NIA Interrogates Father Stan Swamy in Bhima Koregaon Case

Gauri Lankesh News / by Rupesh Kumar Singh

Father Stan Swamy has been fighting for the issues of Adivasis and Mulnivasis in Jharkhand for almost 50 years.
On 6th August 2020, the NIA interrogated Father Stan Swamy, a prominent human rights activist from Jharkhand, for nearly two and a half hours in relation to the Bhima Koregaon case. This interrogation took place at his Ranchi residence in Bagaicha, Namkum.
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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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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 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 +++