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Urban Naxals, a tag by probe agencies, says Konnath Muralidharan

Urban Naxals, a tag by probe agencies, says Konnath Muralidharan

Pune Mirror / by Archana More

Two months after the Supreme Court upheld the Bombay High Court order granting him bail, Konnath Muralidharan, … was released from Yerwada Central Jail on Tuesday. In a free-wheeling conversation with Mirror, the man who was arrested by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad on May 8, 2019, along with along with his alleged courier — Ismail Hamzaa (29), delved into country’s judicial system, his stay at Yerwada and experience with the jail administration, the new-found obsession with “urban Naxalism” and the government’s efforts to silence his voice.
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Caste and religion and the role of the judiciary – Part 1

Caste and religion and the role of the judiciary – Part 1

pic: The Leaflet

The Leaflet / by Abdul Wahid Shaikh

“When tyranny rises in a country, the rulers of that country are bound to be destroyed,
their generations are bound to be destroyed. Remember that”

On April 17, 2018, The Pune Police raided the homes of several intellectuals and activists in Nagpur, Mumbai and Delhi for their involvement in the Bhima Koregaon riots. At the Elgar Parishad protest organized against the arrests in Mumbai on May 3, 2018, advocate Abdul Wahid Shaikh made a spontaneous and moving speech.
Part 1 of the speech

As Bhima Koregaon case accused await bail hearings, families decry dehumanising jail conditions

As Bhima Koregaon case accused await bail hearings, families decry dehumanising jail conditions

Firstpost / by Meena Menon

‘Nyayadhin Bandi Kothdi,’ says a board tucked away in a secluded corner of the Sessions Court complex at Shivajinagar, Pune. That is where the under-trial prisoners who are produced in court are kept in transit from Yerwada Jail. Anxious relatives braved the rain on Thursday (27 June) to get a glimpse of their family members, but a thunderstorm put paid to that. Under-trial prisoners here are escorted to court, tied with thick rope, against Supreme Court rulings. However, the police are more careful with regard to the nine arrested in the high-profile Bhima Koregaon case where they seem to obey the law.
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A year on, the arrestees continue to languish in jail, denied basic necessities

A year on, the arrestees continue to languish in jail, denied basic necessities

The Leaflet / By Nihalsing B Rathod

BHIMA KOREGAON PART IV
January 2019 was expected to offer some respite to the first set of arrestees in the Bhima Koregaon case relating to the caste violence that broke out in Bhima Koregaon village on January 1, 2018. The prosecution demand for the extension of time to file a charge sheet against the first set of arrestees was found to be illegal, perverse and contrary to the law of the land. While most of the population had fallen for a media trial, a single bench of the Bombay High Court mustered the courage to call a spade a spade. However, it was soon to be overruled by the Apex Court, crushing all hopes and sending a wave of shock across the legal fraternity.
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Is Torture part of police investigation?

Is Torture part of police investigation?

Counter Currents / by Stan Swamy

… Several intellectuals, artists, writers, journalists, legal professionals, poets, dalit & adivasi rights activists, human rights activists have now become suspects in the eyes of the ruling class. They are now invariably called ‘maoists’, ‘naxals’, ‘urban naxals’ etc. Cases, including serious cases such as Unlawful Activities Prevention Act [UAPA], Sedition have been foisted on them. Several of them have already been jailed, others are being harassed with raids on their work places and residences.
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Police Raid Father Stan Swamy’s House Again, Take Email, Facebook Details

Police Raid Father Stan Swamy’s House Again, Take Email, Facebook Details


Image Courtesy: Twitter/B.B. Choudhary

The Wire / By The Wire Staff

The nature of the latest raid closely mimics that of the first one on the priest’s house on August 28, 2018.
An eight-member team of the Pune city police raided the Ranchi residence of rights activist Father Stan Swamy in the early hours of June 12, the second such abrupt raid on the 83-year-old’s house since August 2018.
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From the other side of the bars: Rona Wilson’s quiet commitment to prisoners’ rights

From the other side of the bars: Rona Wilson’s quiet commitment to prisoners’ rights

The Caravan / By Aathira Konikkara

In jail since June 2018, Rona Wilson has campaigned for human rights for over fifteen years and is a founding member of the Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners.
In March 2012, Rona Jacob Wilson, an activist who campaigns for the release of political prisoners, addressed a seminar in Hyderabad, on counter-terrorism laws and their misuse by the nation’s security apparatus.
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