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.
Outlook India / By Neerja Sasikumar
Under the pretext of ‘#urbannaxals’, police barged into a central university campus, raided Dalit intellectual Prof Satyanarayana’s house, and seized all his academic work. A student recounts the ordeal.
The Wire / by The Wire Staff
The professor’s wife was apparently questioned by the police about her caste and why she did not wear a ‘sindhoor’ or was not dressed like a ‘traditional wife’.
New Delhi: Asserting he was punished for being Varavara Rao’s son-in-law K. Satyanarayana – an EFLU professor whose house was also raided as part of a nationwide swoop by Pune police against activists – rejected the charges against him. The police have implicated the professor in either the Bhima-Koregaon protest or the alleged plot to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Leaflet / Statment by civil society organisations/ groups/ collectives
“We, the undersigned civil society organisations/ groups/ collectives, have jointly convened this urgent Press Conference to condemn the appalling state actions of reprisals against noted human rights activists and intellectuals, which are clearly politically motivated and an attempt to stifle voices of dissent. The unjustified raids on and arbitrary arrests of the above public spirited individuals who have tirelessly worked for the cause of the poor and marginalized sections of society, are nothing but an attack on Indian democracy and an attempt to undermine the democratic fabric of our society.”