The Hindu / by Shoumojit Banerjee
Canada-based Citizen Lab advised Kabir Kala Manch activist Rupali Jadhav to change Android phone.
Rupali Jadhav (32), an activist of the Kabir Kala Manch (KKM) – a predominantly Dalit and working class troupe using protest music — was contacted through WhatsApp by the Canada-based Citizen Lab on October 28.
Newslaundry / by Prateek Goyal
WhatsApp has revealed that the messaging app was used to spy on at least two dozen journalists and human rights activists, likely by the Indian government.
In a bombshell revelation, WhatsApp has revealed that the messaging app was used to spy on at least two dozen Indian journalists and human rights activists earlier this year, The Indian Express reported on Thursday.
The Wire / by Sukanya Shantha
Nihalsing Rathod says he was first contacted by CitizenLab researchers, who have done work on Pegasus, and then later by WhatsApp about his phone being compromised.
Mumbai: Over the last two years, Nagpur-based human rights lawyer Nihalsing Rathod has received receiving calls on WhatsApp from unknown numbers. These calls would be made from international numbers, and would invariably turn out to be a group call.
Livelaw.in / by Nitish Kshyap
Rejecting bail applications by activists Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira, Justice SV Kotwal observed that there was prima facie evidence that all three-applicant accused were active members of CPI(Maoist), a banned organisation, which attracts Section 20 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
Sabrangindia.in / by Deborah Grey
A common characteristic of right wing supremacists in India appears to be their extremely limited and rather vapid imagination. This is best illustrated in a booklet published by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). The booklet is an out and out smear campaign against some of India’s most respected intellectuals and human rights activists. However this sinister agenda is driven by a rather banal set of stories.
Scroll.in / by Mridula Chari
One of the two secretaries general of Forum for Integrated National Security is Seshadri Chari, a senior member of the RSS and the BJP.
A report released by a security think-tank in March into caste violence in Bhima Koregaon near Pune on January 1 had foreshadowed the turn taken by the police investigation into the events. The report pinned the blame for the violence on a Maoist conspiracy – a conclusion that bears striking resemblance to the claims the Pune police has subsequently made in court.
The Print / by PTI
Police in Pune have accused the activists of having Maoist links. They had earlier booked a duo with Hindutva affiliations.
Pune: The Pune Police today arrested five people allegedly having close Maoist links, including prominent Dalit activist Sudhir Dhawale, from Mumbai, Nagpur and Delhi in connection with the Bhima Koregaon violence on January 1.
Pune Mirror / by Prachee Kulkarni
Office of Dalit party, homes of leftists also raided across the three cities; Pune CP claims Elgar Parishad as reason, while CM says drive against Naxal movement.
The Wire / by Varsha Torgalkar
Pune: Organisers of Elgar Parishad, including members of Kabir Kala Manch (KKM), were booked on Monday night for allegedly promoting enmity between various groups at the December 31 event held at Shaniwar Wada to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the battle of Bhima Koregaon in Pune.