Release Kashmiri human rights defender Khurram Parvez
Countercurrents / by PUCL
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. Read full statement
NIA raids human rights activist’s Srinagar residence over terror links
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. Read more
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
Dr Jenny Rowena On Prof Hany Babu’s Arrest, House Raids And Casteism
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. Read more
This is the time to resist not fear, says Hany Babu’s wife Jenny Rowena
The NIA had arrested Hany Babu for allegedly propagating ‘Naxal activities and Maoist ideology’ and being a ‘co-conspirator’ in the Elgar Parishad case.
A day after a 10-member National Investigative Agency (NIA) team conducted raids at Delhi University professor Hany Babu’s residence, his wife Dr Jenny Rowena said that they will fight the legal battle without giving in to fear. Read more
NIA Raids Miranda House Teacher Jenny Rowena’s Residence
The Wire / by Sukanya Shantha
Rowena´s partner, Delhi University teacher Hany Babu M.T., was arrested in the case on July 28.
Mumbai: A team of ten officers – eight men and two women – from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) reached the residence of Dr Jenny Rowena, an associate professor at Miranda House, at 7:30 am on Sunday (August 2). The team searched her Noida residence as a part of the ongoing investigation in the Elgar Parishad case, in which Rowena’s partner Hany Babu M.T., Delhi University associate professor of English, was arrested on July 28. Read more
According to sources, NIA arrived at Dr. Hany Babu and Dr. Jenny Rowena’s residence at 7.30 am today with a warrant under the pretext of evidence collection for Dr. Babu’s case. Dr. Rowena did not allow them to enter the house until her friends arrived.
The NIA came with two women officers and local reinforcements and left with hard disks and papers belonging to Prof. GN Sai Baba’s Defence Committee. Nothing belonging to Dr. Rowena and their daughter was taken.
Though there is a mountain of evidence to prove their innocence, the 9 activists arrested, allegedly for their role in the Bhima Koregaon violence still remain in jail. And the witch-hunt only continues, resulting in the arrests of Gautam Navlakha and Anand Teltumbde, also charged with UAPA for the same case. While it is very evident that the case against Anand Teltumbde is fabricated, he was asked to surrender amidst the deadly pandemic along with Gautam Navlakha. We demand the immediate release of all the 11 activists. Watch video
Two years of Bhima Koregaon Arrests – The Beginning of Urban Naxal: Concoctions of the State
In the following article, Advocate Nihal Singh Rathod recounts the beginning of this witch-hunt before abusing law became a norm.
JUNE 6, 2018, shall remain a day deeply engraved on my psyche forever, for it changed my life and life of many I know. It shook me to the core. It is not as if I was not at all prepared for it, given its foundation was laid much prior. Read more
Amid Demands For Fresh Probe, A Hard Look at the Case’s Discrepancies
With Sharad Pawar calling for an investigation, The Wire accessed digital evidence that was finally made available to the accused after persistent court fights which reveals several discrepancies on the part of the Pune police.
Mumbai: Nearly two years after the Pune police conducted investigations into the Bhima Koregaon violence and named several rights activists and lawyers as the prime accused while branding them as “urban Naxals”, Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar today sought a fresh probe in the case. Read more
Teltumbde: What happened to me can happen to anyone
Author and scholar Professor Anand Teltumbde is one of the activists charged with sedition in the Bhima-Koregaon violence case …
“I have already listed out all the evidence that they produced in their affidavit before the high court. The court had specifically asked them to say all that they had to say against me and that is what they submitted. If one has to fabricate, there is no end to do that,” Professor Teltumbde, below, tells‘s Syed Fridaus Ashraf in an e-mail interview. Read more
If you are in a university and oppose state policy, you can be targeted: Hany Babu, DU professor
In the early hours of 10 September 2019, a team of police officials, including personnel from the Pune Police, turned up at the doorstep of Hany Babu MT, an associate professor in the University of Delhi’s English department. … The police informed Babu that the search was conducted in connection with the Elgar Parishad and Bhima Koregaon case. …
Shaheen Ahmed and Maya Palit, the multimedia and books editors at The Caravan, respectively, spoke to Babu about the raid at his house and its aftermath. Read more
… Hany Babu, an anti-caste activist and an Associate Professor at the Department of English, at the University of Delhi, is a vocal advocate of Dalit rights and the Reservation Policy. He is the 12th person to be arrested in the Elgar Parishad violence. Hany had repeatedly denied any connection to the case. Read more
Hany Babu: “If you are in a university and oppose state policy, you can be targeted”
Caravan Magazine / by Shaheen Ahmed & Maya Palit
In the early hours of 10 September 2019, a team of police officials … turned up at the doorstep of Hany Babu MT … raided his apartment in Noida. The Caravan spoke to Babu about the raid at his house and its aftermath. They also discussed his participation in anti-caste movements and in a committee for the defence of the incarcerated professor GN Saibaba. Read interview
Amnesty India raided by CBI in Bengaluru, says there is a ‘pattern of harassment’
The CBI raid comes a year after the Enforcement Directorate had carried out investigations into charges that the rights group had attempted to bypass the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act by floating a commercial entity, Amnesty International India Pvt Ltd. Read more