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Maharashtra Govt Opposes Bail Pleas of Three Activists in Koregaon Bhima Case

Maharashtra Govt Opposes Bail Pleas of Three Activists in Koregaon Bhima Case

News18 / by PTI

The state government told the court that activists Arun Ferreira, Sudha Bharadwaj and Vernon Gonsalves are active members of frontal groups funded by the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist).
Mumbai: The Maharashtra government on Tuesday opposed bail pleas filed by three activists arrested last year for alleged Maoist links and involvement in the Koregaon Bhima caste violence case.
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A grim situation

A grim situation

Millenniumpost / by Editorial Board

Maoism has been a persistent threat to India’s internal security and any effort to contain the menace is more than necessary. But recent times, however, have seen an apparent evolution of this idea to include unsuitable rebels and questioning voices that are boldly directed at the establishment. The Bhima Koregaon case comes back to highlight with the September 10 incident when a team of Pune police raided the home of Delhi University Associate Professor Hany Babu M T in Noida for more than six hours in connection with the Bhima Koregaon violence case.
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Why Should We Fear The Implementation Of The UAPA Bill?

Why Should We Fear The Implementation Of The UAPA Bill?


Pic: Mumbai Rises To Save Democracy archive

Feminism In India / by Namrata Mishra

On the night of 6th August, while updating myself with what’s happening around in the country, debates around the passing of the contentious UAPA Bill seemed to be ubiquitous. As soon as I read the word UAPA, comes to my mind the arrest of five human rights activists: Arun Ferreira, Gautam Navlakha, Varavara Rao, Sudha Bharadwaj and Varun Gonsalves, who were arrested last year under this Act without any stark evidence by the police who could not explain the reason for arresting these activists. These human rights defenders were termed as “maoists” and “deshdrohis (anti-national)” by the BJP government.
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Open letter to Mumbai judge: Books as evidence is ridiculous

Open letter to Mumbai judge: Books as evidence is ridiculous

The Leaflet / by A J Philip

It is easy for the police to conclude that if I have read dozens of detective novels, which are mostly about murders, I have a murderous inclination. The truth is that I can’t even slaughter a chicken, though I may relish it when it is roasted and served on the table.

Dear Justice Sarang Kotwal,
First of all, I owe an apology to you. I was misled by a news-report that you questioned why Vernon Gonsalves, an academic accused of being an urban Naxal, kept the voluminous Russian Classic, Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace”, in his personal collection of books.
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Dissecting the ‘Maoist document’ about Gautam Navlakha

Dissecting the ‘Maoist document’ about Gautam Navlakha

Newslaundry / by Prateek Goyal

Rather than establish Navlakha’s ‘connections’ with Hizbul Mujahideen, the document highlights his government connections and is vehemently critical of the Maoist party and movement.
On July 24, the Pune police told the Mumbai High Court that activist Gautam Navlakha had connections with militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen. Sections of the media were quick to brand him a “terrorist” in primetime shows and reports. Tagging these as “exclusive” reports, the stories were based solely on what the police said and images of a “documents” linking Navlakha with Hizbul.
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Video: UAPA Amendment: Why Giving Govt Power to Declare Individuals `Terrorits´ is Problematic?

Video: UAPA Amendment: Why Giving Govt Power to Declare Individuals `Terrorits´ is Problematic?


en | 26:22 min | 2019

By The Polis Project

Suchitra Vijayan speaks to lawyer Darshna Mitra about the UAPA act, its long and violent history of weaponizing National security concerns to crush dissent, and what the recent amendments mean for the future of India as a constitutional republic.
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Be afraid, be very afraid: Why amendments to UAPA are deeply wrong

Be afraid, be very afraid: Why amendments to UAPA are deeply wrong

Mumbai Mirror / by Invitation Chitranshul Sinha

The Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 1967 (UAPA) was enacted by the Indira Gandhi government as a statute to prevent, curb and punish any ‘unlawful activity’. Such activities were, loosely speaking, seditious activities or such other activities against the territorial integrity and sovereignty of India.
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Lok Sabha passes UAPA Bill: Home minister Amit Shah sends strong message against ‘urban Naxals’, Maoists

Lok Sabha passes UAPA Bill: Home minister Amit Shah sends strong message against ‘urban Naxals’, Maoists

Firstpost / by Debobrat Ghose

Home Minister Amit Shah gave a strong message in the Lok Sabha on Thursday: Under the garb of ‘social activism’ and ‘ideological movement’, Maoism — especially ‘urban Naxalism’ and violence against common man, villagers and tribals under its pretext — won’t be tolerated at any cost.
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Urban Naxals, a tag by probe agencies, says Konnath Muralidharan

Urban Naxals, a tag by probe agencies, says Konnath Muralidharan

Pune Mirror / by Archana More

Two months after the Supreme Court upheld the Bombay High Court order granting him bail, Konnath Muralidharan, … was released from Yerwada Central Jail on Tuesday. In a free-wheeling conversation with Mirror, the man who was arrested by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad on May 8, 2019, along with along with his alleged courier — Ismail Hamzaa (29), delved into country’s judicial system, his stay at Yerwada and experience with the jail administration, the new-found obsession with “urban Naxalism” and the government’s efforts to silence his voice.
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