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Govt opposes bail pleas of Rao, Gadling

Govt opposes bail pleas of Rao, Gadling

The Times of India / by TNN

Nagpur: Justifying detention of Naxal sympathizers Vara Vara Rao and lawyer Surendra Gadling for their alleged role in a case of arson wherein around 80 vehicles were torched at Surjagarh mining site in Gadchiroli in 2016, Maharashtra government on Tuesday informed that more names of Maoists and their sympathisers could be revealed as the probe progresses.
In an affidavit submitted to the Nagpur bench of Bombay high court, the government justified the extension of investigation period and the duo’s detention due to non-receipt of e-mails from Yahoo, the web services provider company.
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The Incarceration of Mahesh Raut

The Incarceration of Mahesh Raut

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NewsClick / By Saurabh Sinha

His crime- raising his voice against illegal mining in Gadhchiroli, reading, understanding and deliberating for the rights of tribals and other communities- in the state of Maharashtra.
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Who is Mahesh Raut?

Who is Mahesh Raut?


Mahesh Raut (left) and Lalsu Narote. Foto credit: Javed Iqbal/ The Wire

By India Civil Watch

“He first came to us as a part of the PMRD [Prime Minister’s Rural Development] fellowship in 2013. He would visit every village with other government officials and meticulously note down grievances and parallelly also research on several village and state-level policies that could come to our rescue. His work in the formative years helped us build our struggles in the coming days.”
These are the words of an elected district council member, Lalsu Nogoti, from Bhamragad in Maharashtra. He is speaking about Mahesh Raut. Four months after Mahesh Raut was arrested, accused by the state of being an ‘urban naxal’, 300 gram sabhas (people’s councils ) from the two districts that Mahesh worked in, issued a resolution in his support.
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Gadchiroli Police takes custody of Surendra Gadling, P Varavara Rao, prompting senior lawyers to say this is ‘ever-greening of charges’

Gadchiroli Police takes custody of Surendra Gadling, P Varavara Rao, prompting senior lawyers to say this is ‘ever-greening of charges’

The Leaflet / By Nishant Sirohi

Gadchiroli police in the late hours of January 30, 2019, took custody of noted human rights lawyer and Nagpur-based Dalit rights activist Surendra Gadling and activist-poet-writer P Varvara Rao from Pune’s Yerwada Jail authorities. The Police made the arrests in connection with another alleged case of involvement of Gadling and Rao in so-called “unlawful activity” related to the Surjagadh case of 2016. With these arrests, the apprehensions of “ever-greening” of charges on the civil rights activities becoming a reality.
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Police take custody of P Varavara Rao, Surendra Gadling in ’16 Maoist attack case 

Police take custody of P Varavara Rao, Surendra Gadling in ’16 Maoist attack case 

Times of India / By Vishwas Kothari, Asseem Shaik

PUNE: The Gadchiroli police on Wednesday took custody of veteran activist-poet-writer P Varavara Rao and activist-lawyer Surendra Gadling from the city’s Yerawada jail authorities in connection with a UAPA case related to the 2016 Maoist attack at Surjagadh.
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Gadchiroli’s 300 Gram Sabhas Pass Resolution in Support of Activist Mahesh Raut

Gadchiroli’s 300 Gram Sabhas Pass Resolution in Support of Activist Mahesh Raut

The Wire / By Sukanya Shantha

Villagers have highlighted the work done by the forest rights activist in the area and the challenges they have been facing since his arrest in June 2018.

Mumbai: Four months after Pune Police arrested Mahesh Raut, forest rights activist and former Prime Minister Rural Development Fellow, terming him an ‘Urban Naxal’, as many as 300 gram sabhas (village councils) from Etapalli and Bhamragad tehsils of Gadchiroli have passed a resolution in his support.
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Disinheriting Adivasis – The Gadchiroli Game Plan

Disinheriting Adivasis – The Gadchiroli Game Plan

KAFILA / By Vidhya A

In a statement issued on April 16 2018, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) claimed that the ‘National Policy and Action Plan’ to combat Left Wing Extremism (LWE) is ‘a multi-pronged strategy involving security and development related measures’[1]. This new policy, apparently in place since the NDA government came to power at the centre, claims to have ‘zero tolerance towards violence coupled with a big push to developmental activities so that benefits of development reached the poor and vulnerable in the affected areas’.
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