On 6th June 2018, Mahesh Raut, a land and adivasi rights activist, was arrested in relation to the Elgar Parishad case through the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. The police charged Mahesh just as he was filing a petition to protect citizens whose lands are mined against their will. Members of Socialist Party (India) recently released a petition seeking signatories in support of Mahesh in the name of freedom of speech. Read more
A compassionate human being, always popular among his friends and colleagues because of his friendly nature and human sensitivity, 33-year-old Mahesh Raut, champion of the democratic rights of the marginalised Adivasi people of Gadchiroli, Maharashtra, has been in prison for over two years now. Read more
One of the Accused in the Bhima Koregaon case: A profile of Mahesh Raut
The Polis Project / by The Polis Project and maara
Mahesh Raut is a land rights activist working with Gram Sabhas in the mining areas of Gadhchiroli. He is a former Prime Minister Rural Development (PMRD) Fellow. As part of his work, he visited local villages and interacted with local communities. In addition to being one of the conveners of Visthapan Virodhi Jan Vilas Andolan, a national organization that fights the displacement of marginalized communities, Raut is also a member of Bharat Jan Andolan, a human rights NGO. Read more
Stan Swamy’s Crime Is His Solidarity with the Marginalised
In light of the state’s attack on eminent activists who fight for the right of marginalised and oppressed, those who express solidarity must raise their voices loudly and actively writes Annie Domini.
If you look at the body politic of the country without saffron-tinted glasses, if you truly see, you will find a very very sick organism indeed. An organism that’s cannibalising on its own heart, brain and lungs to feed a massive belly of unrestrained State power. Read more
Why is Right to Health denied to political dissidents?
The callousness with which these political dissidents are being treated goes against the Supreme Court’s directive, given right at the beginning of the lockdown.
The last few days have shown that the Right to Health, defined by the Supreme Court in more than one judgment as an integral part of the Right to Life, is being denied to the jailed intellectuals awaiting trial in the Bhima Koregaon case. Read more
Video: Revisiting the Bhima Koregaon Conspiracy Case
Prison officials submitted a “corrected” medical report of Dr Anand Teltumbde, in the Bhima Koregaon-Elgar Parishad case, 21 days after it was found that vitals in his document were identical to co-accused Mahesh Raut’s report. The two have a 37-year age gap. Read more
Mahesh Raut: The Beloved Brother of Adivasis in Gadchiroli
Mahesh’s incarceration is a standing testament of the State’s repression of Rights’ activists who protect the values of the Constitution which the same State is trampling upon.
Hailing from Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district, Mahesh Raut is a young prominent activist working for the rights of Adivasi communities in his district … He has tirelessly advocated for laws like The Provisions of the Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act and Forest Rights Act which protect the democratic rights of indigenous communities against unlawful land grabbing by large corporations. Read more
Bombay HC hearings of Rao, Raut, Gonsalves, Teltumbde & Bharadwaj adjourned
+++ Bombay HC Justice Sadhna Jadhav, who is heading a division bench with Justice NJ Jamdar, today recused from hearing all petitions, appeal listed before her filed by Bbhima Koregaon accused VV Rao, Mahesh Raut, Vernon Gonsalves, Anand Teltumbde & Sudha Bharadwaj +++
State to re-verify after medical reports of Anand Teltumbde, Mahesh Raut show identical details
Vijay Hiremath had pointed out that the health parameters mentioned on Mahesh Raut’s report were identical to the medical report of activist Anand Teltumbde (68), a co-accused in the case, who is also lodged in the Taloja jail. Read more
HC wants to know how Anand Teltumbde, Mahesh Raut have same BP, pulse and O2 levels, weight, height in jail reports
Mumbai Mirror / by Sharmeen Hakim
HC seeks explanation after Taloja jail’s medical reports say hey are also identical in height, weight.
The Bombay High Court has sought an explanation from Taloja Prison officials following revelations that certain portions of academic Anand Teltumbde and activist Mahesh Raut’s medical reports, both accused in the Bhima Koregaon-Elgar Parishad case, are exactly the same. The two approached the HC after co-accused Telugu poet Varavara Rao tested positive for the coronavirus last month. Read more