India: TISS students oppose Pune activists’ arrest

June 15, 2018

 A file photograph of the protests against the violence in the Bhima Koregaon area of Maharashtra recently. (Photo: PTI)

Over 200 students, alumni, faculty, staff and other members of the Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS) have condemned the arrest of Mahesh Raut, an alumnus of TISS.

The Pune police arrested Raut on June 6 along with four other activists who are allegedly suspected to be related to the Bhima-Koregaon caste violence, which occurred in the state in January.

On June 6, the Pune police carried out raids at different locations across the country to arrest the five suspects in the case. Apart from Raut, the other accused are advocate Surendra Gadling, Sudhur Dhawale, Rona Wilson and Shoma Sen.

Raut pursued a Masters degree in Social Work from TISS’s Mumbai campus during the academic session 2009-11.

A release issued by the students and other members read, “Mahesh and the others were working relentlessly with the marginalized communities for their rights and we strongly feel that they are being persecuted for the same. We condemn the Central and state government and the Maharashtra police for their undemocratic actions.”

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