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Citing ‘Inhuman Treatment’ of 11 Activists, Brinda Karat Writes to Amit Shah [read letter]

Citing ‘Inhuman Treatment’ of 11 Activists, Brinda Karat Writes to Amit Shah [read letter]

cpim.org / by CPI(M) Central Committee Office

We are herewith releasing the full text of the letter addressed to the Home Minister, Amit Shah by CPI(M) Polit Bureau Member, Brinda Karat. This pertains to the inhuman treatment of human rights activists arrested in connection with the Bhima Koregaon case. The letter was sent today.
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MPs demanding intervention for Varavara Rao and other accused [read letters]

MPs demanding intervention for Varavara Rao and other accused [read letters]

By Meena Kandasamy

Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) Binoy Viswam writes to Uddhav Thackeray joining the other MPs in demanding adequate medical care and intervention for 81-year-old poet Varavara Rao, the other Bhima Koregaon accused and G.N. Saibaba.

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14 MPs WRITE TO THACKERAY RAISING CONCERN AT DETERIORATING HEALTH OF VARAVARA RAO [read letter]

19/06/2020

Maktoob / by Editorial Desk

In a letter to Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, more than ten parliamentarians have registered their grave concern at the deteriorating health of the 81-year-old people’s poet Varavara Rao, now lodged in Taloja Jail under the Bhima Koregaon case.
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Video: Justice for Mahesh Raut

Video: Justice for Mahesh Raut


7:27min | 2020

By friends of Mahesh #freemahesh

Mahesh Raut, our brother and friend, is in jail for over 2 years. For defending democracy, in his home district, Gadchiroli. He deserves to be free.
This video is an attempt to present the real picture which paid media won’t show you.
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Interview with Maaysha: Please release my mother, Sudha Bharadwaj

Interview with Maaysha: Please release my mother, Sudha Bharadwaj

Rediff.com / by Prasanna D Zore

On August 28, 2020, the respected lawyer and human rights activist Sudha Bharadwaj will complete two years in jail …
“If somebody is working for poor people, then does it mean they are criminals?”, Maaysha, Bharadwaj’s daughter who got to speak with her mother after four months on June 9, asks Prasanna D Zore/Rediff.com.
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To dissent is not a crime! Concerned citizens call for the release of activists on humanitarian grounds

To dissent is not a crime! Concerned citizens call for the release of activists on humanitarian grounds

Indian Cultural Forum / by ICF Team

We, the undersigned, are deeply concerned about the health of 11 respected fellow citizens:
1. Mr. Varavara Rao
2. Ms. Sudha Bhardwaj
3. Ms. Shoma Sen
4. Mr. Anand Teltumbde
5. Mr. Gautam Navlakha
6. Mr. Arun Ferreira
7. Mr. Vernon Gonsalvez
8. Mr. Surendra Gadling
9. Mr. Mahesh Raut
10. Mr. Sudhir Dhawale
11. Mr. Rona Wilson
These activists, many of them eminent scholars, writers and poets, have worked for the welfare of India’s poorest and most marginalised people over decades. Yet they have been turned into politcal prisoners and incarcerated. They have not been granted bail despite the fact that in the prisons of Maharashtra where they are being detained, some inmates have died and many others have tested positive for COVID-19.
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Nearly 100 Global Intellectuals Appeal for Varavara Rao, Saibaba to Be Released

Nearly 100 Global Intellectuals Appeal for Varavara Rao, Saibaba to Be Released

The Wire / by The Wire Staff

New Delhi: Close to a 100 renowned intellectuals from across the world have appealed to President Ram Nath Kovind and Chief Justice of India (CJI) S.A. Bobde to release professor G.N. Saibaba and activist Varavara Rao, saying they have been imprisoned in ‘fabricated cases’ and that they are vulnerable to infection in the ‘overcrowded Maharashtra prisons’.
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After NIA Chargesheet Called it Criminal, Twitter Responds with #LalSalaamComrade

After NIA Chargesheet Called it Criminal, Twitter Responds with #LalSalaamComrade

Newsclick / by Newsclick Report

Registering their protest against an increasingly “authoritarian” state, users on social media in India used the hashtag #LalSalaamComrade on Twitter this evening. The hashtag also comes about days after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) held that the use of “lal salam” and “comrade” meant that one is a Maoist.
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Selection of posters @ #LalSalaamComrade (click to enlarge)

Delhi High Court Was Right to Call NIA to Account for Gautam Navlakha’s Hasty Removal

Delhi High Court Was Right to Call NIA to Account for Gautam Navlakha’s Hasty Removal


Solidarity poster by ABA, 2020

The Wire / by Anjana Prakash

By failing to uphold the sanctity of the high court’s order in a matter where the NIA’s conduct appears surreptitious and mala faide, the Supreme Court has undermined the majesty of the law.
A senior once told me that the best way to understand the law was to know the law. His advice confused me in the beginning, but I soon realised how profound it was. I recall this in the context of the case of Gautam Navlakha and others. I don’t hold their brief, but if I’ve chosen to speak, it is as a thinking person.
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