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. Read more
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. Read more
Why Should We Fear The Implementation Of The UAPA Bill?
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. Read more
Open letter to Mumbai judge: Books as evidence is ridiculous
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. Read more
How 3 Pune colleges helped Pune Police accomplish a ‘secret mission’ against ‘Urban Naxals’
The Pune Police used patriotism to rope in staff members and students from colleges run by Deccan Education Society in Pune to covertly translate chargesheets in the Koregaon-Bhima Elgar Parishad case. Read more
Dissecting the ‘Maoist document’ about Gautam Navlakha
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. Read more
Video: UAPA Amendment: Why Giving Govt Power to Declare Individuals `Terrorits´ is Problematic?
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. Watch video
Be afraid, be very afraid: Why amendments to UAPA are deeply wrong
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. Read more
Lok Sabha passes UAPA Bill: Home minister Amit Shah sends strong message against ‘urban Naxals’, Maoists
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. Read more
Urban Naxals, a tag by probe agencies, says Konnath Muralidharan
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. Read more