CMM demands release of Sudha Bharadwaj, Chhattisgarh 2019
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PROFILES OF DISSENT | The profile spotlights the life and work of Sudha Bharadwaj a trade unionist, and a civil rights activist who had fought against land acquisition, and has worked and lived in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh for 29 years. Read more
Condemn the SC’s denial of relief & stand in solidarity with all voices for peoples’ rights!
The Campaign Against State Repression (CASR) calls on all democratic organisations and individuals to come together and condemn the denial of relief for Prof. Anand Teltumbde and Gautam Navlakha, stand in solidarity with all such voices of democracy and demand the immediate release of all political prisoners. Our unity at this time of crisis is all the more urgent and necessary for our silence in the time of injustice is bound to render us voiceless in the days to come. Let us unite and demand: 1. Immediate reprieve from arrest of Prof. Anand Teltumbde and Gautam Navlakha.
2. Immediate release of all political prisoners lodged in jails all over the country, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
3. Immediate release of all under-trial prisoners and persons convicted on minor charges to decongest prisons.
4. Action (with restraint in light of COVID-19) against the perpetrators of violence in the Bhima Koregaon case including Sambhaji Bhide and Milind Ekbote.
5. Repeal of all draconian laws like UAPA, NSA and PSA, among others. Read full statement
All the people who are the focus of this blog have been accused of being associated with what has come to be known as the Bhima-Koregaon case.
To mark the bi-centenary of the battle of Bhima Koregaon in 2018, more than 200 Dalit, Bahujan, Ambedkarite and other organisations came together. The coalition organised the hugely successful and massively attended event, ‘Elgar Parishad’(loud declaration committee), on December 31, 2017 in Shaniwarwada in Pune, once the seat of Peshwai power. This event, as per the organisers, was organised to expose the Navi Peshwai — an era of increasing repression on movements, alienation of minorities, increasing caste atrocities, anti-poor development policies and more.
Charges against the Activists
● That they had made inflammatory speeches at the Elgar Parishad.
● That they are acting on behalf of, or are members of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoists).
● That they were plotting to assassinate the Prime Minister.
Lack of Evidence
As it turns out, most of those arrested were not even at the Elgar Parishad event, the charges about the links to Maoists entirely shown to be based on fabricated evidence and so far the charges about the assassination plot had not even a single piece of evidence produced.
On March 16, 2020, the Supreme Court of India rejected the anticipatory bail application of Anand Teltumbde and Gautam Navlakha. On April 8th the Supreme Court granted them one more week time to ‘surrender’ to the police.
Excerpt of: A Quest for Freedom – the Story of Bhima Koregaon Conspiracy
In January 2018, five workers employed by Reliance Infrastructure (now taken over by Adani Electricity Mumbai Limited) were arrested after their homes were raided by the ATS. Four of them– Satyanarayan Karrela, Babushankar Vanguri, Shankar Gunde and Ravi Marampelli- were arrested on January 12, and the fifth worker, Saidulu Singapanga, was taken into custody on February 5. The arrests of these workers have been amongst the earliest ones to feed into the narrative of conspiracy theory about ‘Urban Naxals’ that has been weaved by the present regime. …
Fourteen months since he was first incarcerated and three months since his bail was approved along with three others, Shankarayya Lingayya Gunde- workers of Reliance Energy/ Infrastructure has stepped out of jail today. Read more
Still in Jail, Inspite of Bail: The Case of Reliance Workers
In January 2018, 5 electricity workers from Bombay were arrested on fabricated charges under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). After the police failed two deadlines for filing a chargesheet against them, and the prosecution did not even notify them of the extensions to their imprisonment, the High Court of Maharashtra ordered the sessions court to grant them bail on procedural reasons. This order was served in December 2018, 11 months after their arrests. But the sessions court has imposed conditions on bail that the workers have been unable to meet, thus leaving them in Jail for over two months since the bail was granted. Read more
4 Reliance Workers, First to be Falsely Implicated under UAPA for Bhima Koregaon Violence, Released on Bail
PUDR welcomes the release on bail of four workers of Reliance Energy/ Infrastructure Ltd. (REIL) and trade union activists implicated under numerous sections of the draconian Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for alleged Maoist links. The workers were released today on default bail after the 17 December order of the Bombay High Court setting aside the extension of time granted to ATS Mumbai to file the chargesheet in April 2018. Months before 6 June and 28 August, when 10 rights activists were arrested under UAPA on fabricated connections to the Bhima Koregaon violence, workers at RIEL were the first to be targeted for alleged ‘Maoist’ links at Elgaar Parishad. Read more
Mumbai: Over 11 months in jail, four workers arrested for ‘Maoist links’ get bail
In January, eight men working in private firms were arrested by the ATS and booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. ATS claims that they were involved in raising funds for the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist). Read more