Solidarity poster, July 2020
Groundxero / by Partho Sarothi Ray
The large scale destruction of lives and livelihoods in 2020 caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in India and its inept handling by the government has been accompanied by another sort of destruction, much more deliberate and calculated. It is the destruction of the democratic rights organizations (DROs) of India, as part of a vicious plan of the BJP government to irreparably shrink the democratic space for a future that we can only tremble to think about.
THE ROADS WERE NEVER QUIET!
By Release The Poet
CDRO called to observe Sept 22nd as a protest day countrywide against the ‘witch-hunts’ & undemocratic arrests of Bhima Koregaon-15 & others. The city of Kolkata reciprocated too.
Few glimpses of 22nd’s on-road protest, joined by 20+ organisations at Bowbazar, Kolkata.
Rights bodies protest in Kolkata, alleges BJP govt trying to crush democratic movements
Outlook / by pti
Kolkata, Sep 22 (PTI) Several Left-wing outfits and rights bodies staged a demonstration in Kolkata on Tuesday against the arrest of activists by the BJP-led government at the Centre, which they alleged was using the NIA to crush democratic movements.
By Concerned Citizens
Pictures from yesterday’s rally in Kolkata which said:
Stand With Partha Sarathi Roy and all others who were falsely implicated in the Bhima Koregaon case!
Release all political prisoners now!
Pictures from yesterday’s rally in Bhilai which said:
Release Sudha Bharadwaj!
Stand with Kabir Kala Manch activists and all others accused in the Bhima Koregaon case!
Click to enlarge pictures
By Release The Poet
Today, at Wellington Square, Kolkata. Street play going on at the protest against the latest arrest of 3 Kabir Kala Manch activists along with BK-12 and summoning up scientist Dr. Parthasarathi Ray by NIA.
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Renowned Academics, Artists Support K. Satyanarayana, Condemn NIA ‘Harassment’
The Wire/ by The Wire Staff
New Delhi: A group of more than 700 academics, activists, artists and others have come together to condemn the harassment and arrests of right activists, academics and lawyers in the Elgar Parishad/Bhima Koregaon case. They have expressed their solidarity with Professor K. Satyanarayana, who teaches at the English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU) in Hyderabad, and has been summoned for questioning the case by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
More Than 1,000 Scientists, Academics Condemn NIA Action in Elgar Parishad Case
The Wire / by The Wire Staff
New Delhi: A group of 1,039 scientists and academics have released a statement condemning the National Investigation Agency (NIA) action in the Bhima Koregaon/Elgar Parishad case.
…Most recently, we understand that the NIA has summoned the well-known scientist and activist, Prof. Partho Sarothi Ray, of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (Kolkata) to Mumbai on 10th September for questioning in this case…
CDRO condemns the witch-hunt by the NIA and the choking of pro-people voices
Countercurrents / by Co-Ordination of Democratic Rights Organisation (CDRO)
Press Release, 8th September 2020
After the arrests of leading public intellectuals like poet Varavara Rao, Prof. Soma Sen, Prof. Anand Teltumbde, Mr. Gautam Navlakha, Ms. Sudha Bharadwaj, and others, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has trained its gun yet once again on democratic right activists, lawyers and other intellectuals.
One of their latest targets is Prof. Parthosarathi Ray, a leading biologist of the country, an Associate Professor working in Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Kolkata, and also a leading personality of the democratic rights movements of the country.
P.S. Ray, K. Satyanarayana and K.V. Kurmanath / The Wire
The Wire / by Sukanya Shantha
All three – Partho Sarothi Ray, K. Satyanarayana and K.V. Kurmanath – have said they have no relation to the case whatsoever, and see this as an intimidation tactic.
Mumbai: Expanding its net further, the National Investigations Agency has now issued summons to academics and a journalist from Hyderabad and Kolkata for questioning in connection with the ongoing Elgar Parishad investigation.
Statement by K Satyanarayana – Click to enlarge
‘Family in distress’: NIA summons sons-in-law of Varavara Rao in Bhima Koregaon case
The News Minute / by Balakrishna Ganeshan
Senior journalist KV Kurmanath and K Satyanarayana, professor at the English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU) in Hyderabad are in shock after the National Investigation Agency has summoned them, as part of the ongoing Bhima Koregaon case probe. The duo, both prominent personalities in Hyderabad, are the sons-in-law of revolutionary poet Varavara Rao.
NIA calls activist K Satyanarayana, academic Partho Sarothi Ray for questioning
Scroll.in / by Scroll Staff
The National Investigation Agency has summoned Dalit scholar and activist K Satyanarayana to appear before it for questioning in connection with the Bhima Koregaon case on September 9. Satyanarayana is the son-in-law of Telugu poet-activist Varavara Rao, who is imprisoned in Mumbai’s Taloja Jail after being arrested in the Elgar Parishad cases on August 31, 2018.
Satyanarayana’s brother and senior journalist KV Kumarnath was also summoned to appear on the same day. Both of them have been asked to come to the central agency’s Mumbai office for questioning.
Groundxero / statement by different organisations, academicians and activists
A statement issued by different organisations, academicians and activists condemning brazen assault by the state on democratic activities and demanding immediate withdrawal of NIA’s menacing and threatening interrogation notice to Partha Sarathi Ray.
6 September 2020
We have come to know that our dear friend and comrade Dr Partho Sarothi Ray, Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), has been summoned by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in connection with the Elgar Parishad-Bhima Koregaon case. He has been asked to present himself before the investigators in Mumbai on 10 September at 11am.
Read full statement
The Indian Express / by Santanu Chowdhury
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has issued a notice to Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER)- Kolkata professor, Partho Sarothi Ray, a renowned social activist and scientist and Convenor of Persecuted Prisoners Soliderity Committee (PPSC) West Bengal unit, for questioning in connection with the Elgar Parishad Case.
It is sad that I am being harassed on Teachers’ Day: NIA summons IISER prof as witness
edex live / by Prajanma Das
Dr Ray says that he has never been linked to the case neither has he ever visited Bhima-Koregaon ever. He only got to know about it when it became an issue.
Dr Ray is acquainted with multiple accused in the Elgar Parishad case and has worked with a few of them as well. “I have worked with Dr Anand Teltumbde on education reforms. I have also worked with activist Sudha Bharadwaj on adivasi issues. There a few more. All those who have been arrested are all well-known academicians,” said Dr Ray.
Amnesty International / By Amnesty Internatioanl & Citizen Lab
Amnesty International and the Citizen Lab have uncovered a coordinated spyware campaign targeting at least nine human rights defenders (HRDs) in India. Eight of the nine HRDs have been calling for the release of other prominent activists, popularly known as the Bhima Koregaon 11, most of whom have been imprisoned in Maharashtra, India since 2018.
Also Read: Human Rights Defenders Targeted by a Coordinated Spyware Operation
The Wire / by Sukanya Shantha
Mumbai: It was not just Israeli spyware Pegasus that was used to digitally spy on human rights defenders and journalists in India.
A clear pattern of another well-coordinated and effectively designed digital attack has now emerged – this time through emails. These emails, all tailor-made to suit the interests of the individual receiver, were sent out between September and October 2019.