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India: Activists arrest: Supreme Court reserves order on plea for probe by Romila Thapar, others

September 20, 2018

Stating that there should be a clear distinction between opposition and a bid to overthrow the government, the bench had said that it would look at the Maharashtra Police’s material on the Bhima-Koregaon case with a “hawk’s eye” as liberty cannot be sacrificed at the altar of conjectures.

The Supreme Court Thursday reserved its order on the petition seeking an independent probe and the release of the five activists held for the alleged link with Maoists. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud also ordered all the sides to submit their written notes by Monday.

The five activists — Varavara Rao, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Sudha Bharadwaj and Gautam Navlakha — were arrested by Maharashtra Police on August 28 in connection with an FIR lodged following the Elgaar Parishad event held on December 31 last year that had later triggered violence at Bhima-Koregaonvillage.

Stating that there should be a clear distinction between opposition and a bid to overthrow the government, the bench had said it would look at the Maharashtra Police’s “material” on the Bhima-Koregaon case with a “hawk’s eye” as liberty cannot be sacrificed at the altar of conjectures.

According to the Maharashtra Police, material recovered from six alleged Maoist cadres arrested before the five were held had thrown up “concrete material requiring and justifying” the arrests. The apex court had earlier slammed the Maharashtra Police for making statements related to the arrests in the press, even as the court proceedings are underway.

Activists arrest: Supreme Court reserves order on plea for probe by Romila Thapar, others

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/activists-arrests-sc-reserves-verdict-on-plea-filed-by-eminent-persons/articleshow/65883704.cms

http://www.india.com/news/india/bhima-koregaon-case-supeme-court-house-arrest-varavara-rao-arun-ferreira-vernon-gonsalves-sudha-bharadwaj-gautam-navlakha-live-news-updates-3335968/

http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2018/sep/19/bhima-koregaon-case-eminent-citizens-seek-sit-probe-into-arrest-of-activists-1874422.html

https://www.newsclick.in/bhima-koregaon-differentiate-between-dissent-and-attempts-overthrow-govt-using-arms-says-sc

http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2018/sep/20/liberty-cant-be-curtailed-on-the-basis-of-conjectures-sc-on-activists-arrest-1874503.html

https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/200918/supreme-court-tells-maharashtra-government-to-justify-arrest-of-activi.html

https://scroll.in/latest/895099/bhima-koregaon-case-supreme-court-reserves-verdict-on-petition-against-arrest-of-activists

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arun_Ferreira

https://www.agenzianova.com/a/0/2076260/2018-09-20/india-operazione-anti-naxaliti-corte-suprema-si-riserva-verdetto-su-arresti-attivisti (ITALIANO)

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India: Residences of lawyers Arun Ferreira, Susan Abraham and Vernon Gonsalves raided

August 28, 2018

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ALERT! ALERT! State Repression ALERT!
Just received a message that the Pune cops are simultaneously raiding Arun Ferreira and Susan Abrahams-Vernon Gonsalves residences.
Arrests likely as cops extend Bhima Koregaon charade..
Please share widely. And media friends, please cover this!

Human Rights Defender Sudha Bharadwaj has been arrested from her home after it was raided and she has been taken to Surajkund police station. This is part of a larger trend of the state cracking down on activists across the country. Since 6 am today, activists across 5 states (Goa, Telengana, Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Delhi) have had their homes raided, personal belongings confiscated, they have been interrogated and some have been arrested. Along with Sudha Bharadwaj, Gautam Navlakha, Varavara Rao, Vernon Gonsalves have also been arrested.

Sudha Bharadwaj (now at Surajkand Police station) will be taken to Sector 12 CJM court shortly!
Delhi and Haryana friends, ALL of are you requested to reach Sector 12 CJM court Haryana in huge numbers!

Stand in solidarity against state repression on activists and lawyers!

(Free all 5 Bhima Koregaon arrestees Facebook, 28/8/18)

Goutham Navalkha, Adv Sudha Bharadwaj residences in Delhi,
An Activist Stan Swamy residence in Ranchi
Adv. Arun Ferreira, Adv Susan Abraham and Vernon Gonsalves residencies in Mumbai
Varavara Rao, Kranthi Tekula, Prof. k Satyanarayana (EFLU), K V Kurmanath residencies in Hyderabad are in raid by Pune police.

Arun Ferreira got arrested (Unofficially confirmed by Venkanna Mallikanti)

Democratic Students’ Union Condemns this raids. And letter claimed to be recovered from Rona Wilson is vexatious. It was written by State to suppress the dissent across India which is smouldering against Hidutva State and it’s anti people policies.

Arunank Latha
State Gen. Secretary.

(Facebook, 29/8/18)

https://thewire.in/rights/police-take-sudha-bharadwaj-into-custody-raid-homes-of-lawyers-activists-across-cities

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-45328323

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/bhima-koregaon-violence-police-conducts-searches-at-residences-of-activists-across-india/articleshow/65575460.cms

https://www.nationalheraldindia.com/india/bhima-koregaon-clash-pune-police-raid-arrest-activists-across-the-country

https://scroll.in/latest/892223/bjp-governments-resort-to-repressive-methods-to-suppress-all-voices-of-dissent-ex-jharkhand-cm

https://www.outlookindia.com/website/story/police-raid-homes-of-human-rights-activists-lawyers-in-several-cities/315654

https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/amnesty-international-maharashtra-police-bhima-koregaon-1325387-2018-08-28

https://sabrangindia.in/article/raids-against-activists-across-india-voices-dissent-being-crushed-impunity

https://scroll.in/article/892218/bhima-koregaon-violence-why-the-pune-police-has-detained-at-least-four-human-rights-activists

https://www.livelaw.in/activist-lawyer-sudha-bharadwaj-arrested/

http://www.india.com/news/bhima-koregaon-violence-case-five-prominent-activists-arrested-in-raids-across-country-3260897/

https://barandbench.com/sudha-bharadwaj-taken-into-custody-activists-across-the-country-raided-by-police/

https://www.huffingtonpost.in/2018/08/28/police-raid-homes-of-human-rights-lawyers-activists-across-the-country_a_23510684/

https://www.deccanherald.com/national/outrage-over-multi-city-raids-689817.html

https://www.outlookindia.com/website/story/left-parties-demand-immediate-release-of-rights-activists/315682

http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2018/aug/28/bhima-koregaon-violence-multi-city-raids-at-residences-of-activists-with-suspected-maoist-links-1863988.html

https://scroll.in/latest/892159/police-raids-reported-on-homes-of-human-rights-activists-in-mumbai-ranchi-and-hyderabad

http://theleaflet.in/when-human-rights-lawyers-activists-are-arrested-who-will-remain-to-defend-the-defenceless/

https://thekashmirwalla.com/2018/08/watch-gautam-navlakha-other-activists-arrested-by-police/

https://www.newsx.com/national/pm-modi-police-raids-5-states-bhima-koregaon-violence-updates

https://scroll.in/latest/892213/as-close-to-a-declaration-of-an-emergency-as-we-will-ever-get-arundhati-roy-reacts-to-raids

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/pune-police-raid-activists-homes-across-four-states/article24799729.ece

https://www.nagpurtoday.in/bhima-koregaon-violence-pune-police-raids-on-homes-of-human-rights-activists-in-mumbai-ranchi-and-hyderabad/08281127

https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/police-raid-maoist-plot-narendra-modi-1325153-2018-08-28

https://www.firstpost.com/india/bhima-koregaon-probe-live-updates-wont-be-cowed-down-says-stan-swamy-after-raid-at-his-ranchi-home-5061541.html

https://www.firstpost.com/india/bhima-koregaon-probe-live-updates-human-rights-activist-sudha-bharadwaj-picked-up-from-her-delhi-residence-5061541.html

https://thewire.in/rights/police-take-sudha-bharadwaj-into-custody-raid-homes-of-lawyers-activists-across-cities

https://www.dailyo.in/politics/bhima-koregaon-probe-death-threats-to-pm-fake-political-narrative-sinister-plots-by-maoists/story/1/24769.html

https://www.mid-day.com/articles/lawyer-arun-ferreira-the-government-is-muzzling-peoples-movement-in-the-country/19505164

https://scroll.in/latest/892260/group-of-activists-release-statement-condemning-police-raids-call-it-centres-ploy-to-win-elections

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdcqYRenW6NDMXkWMTo5zCjsW45ALeWu-CVKb0JDYyFc-xvKg/viewform (SIGN THE URGENT PETITION!)

https://www.news18.com/news/india/who-are-the-five-activists-arrested-by-pune-police-over-bhima-koregaon-violence-1859839.html

https://www.deccanherald.com/national/twitterverse-react-bhima-689848.html

https://www.news18.com/news/politics/raids-a-brazen-attack-on-democratic-rights-reminiscent-of-infamous-emergency-left-parties-1859847.html

https://www.news18.com/news/india/who-are-the-five-activists-arrested-by-pune-police-over-bhima-koregaon-violence-1859839.html

https://www.news18.com/news/india/fascist-fangs-bared-coup-against-constitution-outrage-over-arrests-of-activists-1859711.html

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/activists-intellectuals-condemn-arrests-of-varavara-rao-navlakha-gonsalves-bhardwaj/article24801635.ece

https://www.deccanherald.com/national/2-letters-maoists-plans-689880.html

https://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/crackdown-disturbing-threatens-core-human-rights-amnesty-oxfam-118082801035_1.html

https://www.newsclick.in/we-stand-solidarity-all-those-who-speak-our-fellow-citizens-rights

https://www.firstpost.com/india/bhima-koregaon-probe-live-updates-sudha-bharadwajs-daughter-says-raid-team-didnt-have-search-warrant-5061541.html

https://www.timesnownews.com/india/article/rahul-gandhi-maoists-sympathisers-maoists-crackdown-pune-police-bhima-koregaon-violence-ngo-rashtriya-swayamsevak-sangh-rss-varavara-rao-arun-ferreira/276515

http://thegoaspotlight.com/gim-professor-anand-teltumbdes-house-raided-in-nation-wide-raids-and-arrest-of-activists/

https://www.thequint.com/explainers/uapa-provisions-terrorist-organisation-membership-activists

https://www.livelaw.in/sudha-bhardwaj-not-to-be-taken-out-of-her-home-till-magistrate-decides-on-transit-remand-punjab-haryana-hc/

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/thane/knock-on-ferreiras-door-came-at-6am-arrest-9-hours-later/articleshow/65585938.cms

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/mumbai/police-ploy-to-gain-more-time-gonsalves-wife/article24804356.ece

https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/police-asked-for-access-to-sudha-s-email-ids-social-media-profiles-daughter-anu-bharadwaj-1325959-2018-08-29

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/08/india-outrage-activists-arrested-alleged-maoist-links-180828150524677.html

https://punemirror.indiatimes.com/pune/others/it-is-a-conspiracy-to-divert-attention/articleshow/65585479.cms

https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2161761/arrest-critics-india-shows-modi-wants-jail-all-activists-indias

http://www.asianage.com/india/all-india/290818/crackdown-threatens-core-human-rights.html

https://barandbench.com/bhima-koregaon-arrests-true-authoritarian-character-modi-government-exposed-sitaram-yechury/

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/bhima-koregaon-violence-activists-arrested/liveblog/65587048.cms

https://theprint.in/opinion/arun-ferreiras-arrest-shows-govt-will-now-prop-up-fictitious-enemies-before-2019/107434/

https://www.outlookindia.com/website/story/arrests-of-5-activists-to-be-challenged-in-supreme-court-today/315688

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/raids-on-activists-gonsalves-ferreira-and-rao-to-be-produced-before-sessions-court/article24807066.ece

https://scroll.in/article/655295/after-almost-five-years-in-jail-alleged-maoist-leader-is-found-innocent

The Trial of Arun Ferreira: A political activist writes about the oppressive life in an Indian jail

https://hindi.firstpost.com/india/who-are-the-five-activists-arrested-by-pune-police-over-bhima-koregaon-violence-varavara-rao-sudha-bharadwaj-vernon-gonsalves-arun-ferreira-gautam-navlakha-ta-139708.html (HINDI)

https://www.bbc.com/tamil/india-45332900 (TAMIL)

https://teles-relay.com/violence-bhima-koregaon-les-flics-menent-des-raids-dans-plusieurs-villes-video/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.prensa-latina.cu/index.php?o=rn&id=205827&SEO=arrestan-en-la-india-a-varios-activistas-de-derechos-humanos (ESPANOL)

N.B. Arun Ferreira represents detained lawyer Surendra Gadling who, along with Vernon Gonsalves, are members of the Indian Association of People’s Lawyers (IAPL).

UPDATE 28/8/18 re Sudha Bharadwaj

Sudha Bharadwaj is presently being held in a Toyota Innova stationed on the dark road outside the house of the CJM in sector 15A, Faridabad. The roads in the area are v dark and dimly lit. the Pune Police and Surajkund Police were called into the house of the Ld CJM. After some persuasion the counsels representing Sudha Bhardwaj were also allowed into the CJM house. Adv Vrinda Grover was first asked to make her submissions in the driveway of the house itself. After addressing the CJM briefly, she requested the CJM to permit her to make her full submissions in a proper manner as the driveway was dark and it was impossible to show any documents. The CJM then invited all the counsels to wait inside the house. Adv Vrinda Grover further informed the ld CJM that some applications need to be presented. The CJM stated that he was informed that the Hon’ble Chandigarh HIgh Court had passed an order in the case of Sudha Bharadwaj. The CJM has yet to hear the counsels on behalf of Sudha Bharadwaj both on facts and on Law. The CJM has gone to the residence of the district judge for advice on the matter. It is midnight and the counsels are waiting at the residence of the CJM while Sudha Bharadwaj is being detained in a vehicle on the road.
As per the Chandigarh HC order “ till then the detenu Sudha Bharadwaj shall be kept in the same place I.e her home at Badarpur border in the State of Haryana from where she was arrested under the supervision of police station Surajkund” however presently at 12 midnight she is being kept in a car on the drive way”

“After all the tense situation and being kept in the vehicle in a shady spot for so long, Sudha is finally brought inside and she is now sitting [at her home] with the lawyers”, according to one observer.

Join us large tomorrow i.e. 29th Aug. in protest demonstration at Ambedkar Statue, Liberty Circle Hyderabad. At 11am. Against arrest and raids on rights activists, advocates and Writers.

(Facebook)

 

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COMMITTEE FOR THE RELEASE OF POLITICAL PRISONERS

185/3, FOURTH FLOOR, ZAKIR NAGAR, NEW DELHI-110025

28 August, 2018

STRONGLY CONDEMN THE ARRESTS OF CRPP EXECUTIVE MEMBER VERNON GONSALVES, ADVOCATE SUDHA BHARADWAJ, ARUN FERREIRA, GAUTAM NAVLAKHA, VARAVARA RAO, AND KRANTI TELUKA BY THE MAHARASHTRA POLICE, AND THE RAIDS CONDUCTED AT THE HOMES OF FATHER STAN SWAMY, ANALA, KUMARANTH, ANAND TELTUMBDE AND PROF. SATYANARAYANA OTHERS.

In yet another brazen act to stifle dissent, the Maharashtra Police have arrested Vernon Gonsalves, who is an Executive Member of the CRPP, and well known activists and lawyers Advocate Sudha Bharadwaj, Gautam Navlakha, Arun Ferreira, revolutionary poet Varavara Rao, and Kranti Teluka. Raids were also conducted across Goa, Jharkhand, Delhi, and Telangana in the houses of Anand Teltumbde, Father Stan Swamy, Anala, Kumaranth, Prof. Satyanarayana and many others. Right at the time when the terror plots by the rightwing Sanatan Sanstha is emerging, the bogey of assassination plot on the Prime Minister is re-invoked and these arrests and raids are carried out. More importantly, the 90 day period of judicial custody for the five activists arrested in the month of June 2018 is just about to end and the charge sheet is yet to be filed. At this time, when the police narratives are falling apart, these arrests reveal the desperation of the Maharashtra police to shut down all criticism by arrested more activists.
Today’s action by the Pune police reeks not just of diversionary tactics, but also a ploy to extend the custody of Professor Shoma Sen, Advocate Surendra Gadling, Mahesh Raut, Sudhir Dhawale, and Rona Wilson. While those who unleashed violence on Dalits in Bhima Koregaon are roaming free, Dalit and adivasi intellectuals and Human Rights Activists who have stood by them are being targeted by the state. These arrests and raids are a blatant attempt at stifling dissenting voices revealing a sinister, premeditated and politically motivated effort to malign the arrested and discredit them through branding instead of evidence. It is crucial to note that this effort at using the full might of the law is revealed in the sections of the IPC and UAPA used against the arrested. These include IPC 153A – promoting enmity between different groups of people, 505 – statements conducing public mischief, 117 – abetting commission of offence, 120B – criminal conspiracy; under UAPA 13 – unlawful activities, 16 – terrorist acts, 17 – raising funds for terrorist acts, 18 – conspiracy, 18B – recruiting persons for terrorist act, 20 – member of terrorist gang or organisation, 38 – membership of terrorist organisation, 39 – support to terrorist organisation, 40 – raising funds for terrorist organisations. The intention of the police becomes amply clear when we note that each of the arrested persons are well regarded human rights activists who have publicly worked for the rights of dalits, adivasis, minority communities, women’s rights, workers’ rights and spoken and written extensively about the policies of the state. Moreover, all of the persons targeted by the state have been steadfast and resolute in their stands for decades. These charges, none of which stand up in front of slightest of scrutiny, is meant merely to incapacitate and silence these voices by sending them to custody for extended periods of time.
The raid at the homes of Susan Abraham and Arun Ferreira and the eventual arrests of Ferreira and Vernon Gonsalves patently reveals the effort to scuttle possibility of establishing a case for the release of the five arrested in connection with Bhima Koregaon in June. Now, with the arrests of the lawyers fighting the case, the Maharashtra police are making all efforts to ensure that all those who stand with the spirit of democracy are denied all democratic rights. The efforts being made to scuttle the High Court stay on the transit remand of Gautam Navlakha and Sudha Bharadwaj is another instance where the upholders of law are willing to do anything to blatantly abuse and disregard the law. The efforts to illegally take Sudha Bharadwaj to Pune, despite the Punjab and Haryana High Court order putting a stay on the remand, clearly indicates the maliciousness of the police force. The gherao of an unprecedented number of police personnel during the arrest of Varavara Rao and the ransacking of his home is another such instance of police brutality. The search of Anand Teltumbde’s residence during his absence is patently illegal and raising concerns about the extent to which the police will go to clamp down and spread fear among people. The extended interrogation of Father Stan Swamy in Ranchi, Jharkhand, and Prof. Satyanarayana in Hyderabad while keeping them confined to their residence since early morning and denying any legal assistance is another such instance of police highhandedness.
The order for the raid and arrests, coming from Swargate Police Station in Pune, is motivated to foist false cases on democratic rights activists through fabrications and strong-arm tactics. The callous disregard for the rule of law and the fundamental rights of people by the institutions of the state reveals a stark image of a fascist Indian State. CRPP strongly condemns these raids and arrests and demands the immediate and unconditional release of all arrested in connection with the Bhima Koregaon case. Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners demands an end to all such ‘operations’ by the Maharashtra police, stands in solidarity with all such voices of democracy and is determined to fight this vicious assault on all those who dare to speak out against the violence of the state.

SAR GEELANI (President)

AMIT BHATTACHARYYA (Secretary General)

SUJATO BHADRA (Vice President)

SUKHENDU BHATTACHARJEE (Vice President)

MN RAVUNNI (Vice President)

P. KOYA (Vice President)

MALEM (Vice President)

HANYBABU MT (Media Secretary).

(Facebook, 28/8/18)

Media and all friends, in Mumbai, please note tomorrow:

28th August 2018: PRESS ANNOUNCEMENT / INVITE

JOINT PRESS CONFERENCE BY –
(1) PEOPLE’S UNION FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES (PUCL) – MAHARASHTRA,
(2) COMMITTEE FOR PROTECTION OF DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS (CPDR),
(3) WOMEN AGAINST SEXUAL VIOLENCE AND STATE REPRESSION (WSS),
(4) FORUM AGAINST OPPRESSION OF WOMEN,
(5) LABIA – A QUEER FEMINIST LBT COLLECTIVE,
(6) AWAAZ-E-NISWAAN,
(7) BEBAAK COLLECTIVE,
(8) AKSHARA WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTRE
(9) POLICE REFORMS WATCH,
(10) AMBEDKAR PERIYAR PHULE STUDY CIRCLE (APPSC) – IIT BOMBAY
(11) NEW TRADE UNION INITIATIVE (NTUI)
(12) BHARAT BACHAO ANDOLAN
(13) CITIZENS FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE (CJP)
(14) PEOPLE’S COMMISSION ON SHRINKING DEMOCRATIC SPACES (PCSDS)
(15) HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS ALERT (HRDA) – INDIA
(16) INDIAN CHRISTIAN WOMEN’S MOVEMENT, MUMBAI CHAPTER
(17) SATYASHODHAK, MUMBAI
(18) JAGRUT KAMGAR MANCH (JKM)
(19) MAJLIS
(19) ADVOCATE SURENDRA GADLING DEFENCE COMMITTEE
(20) INDIAN SOCIAL ACTION FORUM (INSAF)
(21) CAUSE LAWYERS ALLIANCE
(22) NATIONAL ALLIANCE OF PEOPLE’S MOVEMENTS (NAPM)
(23) LAWYERS COLLECTIVE
(24) NIVARA HAKK SURAKSHA SAMITI & OTHERS
CONDEMNING THE ARRESTS OF PROMINENT HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS FOLLOWING SIMULTANEOUS MULTI-CITY RAIDS BY POLICE ON 28TH AUGUST 2018.

Dear friends,

On 28th August 2018, simultaneous raids were conducted by Police on the premises of prominent human rights and civil liberties activists and intellectuals – Advocate Sudha Bharadwaj (National Secretary, PUCL) in Faridabad, Father Stan Swamy in Jharkhand, Senior Writer and Poet Varavara Rao, his two daughters – Anala and Pavana, ‘The Hindu’ journalist KV Kumaranath, English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU) Professor Satyanarayana, ‘Namaste Telangana’ journalist Kranthi Tekula – all in Hyderabad, Anand Teltumbe (General Secretary, CPDR) in Goa, Gautam Navlakha (founder member, PUDR) in Delhi, Arun Ferreira, Writer Vernon Gonsalves and Advocate Susan Abraham in Mumbai, and several of them have been arrested on false and fabricated charges under the draconian UAPA law.

WE the aforesaid civil society organisations/ groups/ collectives, are jointly convening an 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 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.

Date : Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Time : 4 p.m. onwards

Venue : Mumbai Press Club, Mahapalika Marg, Azad Maidan, Fort, Mumbai – 400 001

We request you to attend and / or depute a reporter to cover this event.

With Regards,
All of the Joint Organisers

https://www.facebook.com/events/242349376621184/

http://www.freepressjournal.in/mumbai/mumbai-press-club-to-convene-meet/1344763

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India: Bhima Koregaon violence: Shifting narrative and fading public memory as 2019 approaches

June 27, 2018

On June 6, many of us who knew one or few of the five people arrested, supposedly in connection with the ‘violence’ at Bhima Koregaon, woke up with hasty messages of unexpectedarrests. I received a message that Dalit activist Sudhir Dhawale was ‘picked up’ and had been taken to the Govandi police station in Mumbai. A huge crowd gathered outside the police station demanding to know the reasons for his arrest. But for Dhawale, who has been a face of some of the massive protests in Maharashtra in recent times and has similarly been implicatedin false cases earlier, arrests were not so unexpected.Amid protests from the crowd, the Govandi police took Dhawale to Pune from the backdoor.

As the day unfolded the shock meter rose manifold as unexpected and unwarranted arrests followed. While a reputed lawyer Advocate SurendraGadling was almost simultaneously being arrested from his Nagpur residence, one came to know that some Rona Jacob Wilson from Delhi and one Mahesh Raut working in Gadhchiroli had also been arrested. Raids were conducted at ex-Nagpur University Professor Shoma Sen’s house and she too was arrested.

All had been accused of one crime- inciting violence at BhimaKoregaon.

I watched in horror and shock as all these arrests were taking place, as both, an eye-witness of January 1 events at BhimaKoregaon memorial and as someone who broke the news and followed it through the months.

Troubled months after BhimaKoregaon

When Dalits were attacked at BhimaKoregaon, on an occasion meant to be a celebration- the bi-centenary of the battle of BhimaKoregaon – anger spilt out on streets of Maharashtra taking the form of a spontaneous, people’s protests.

https://countercurrents.org/2018/06/27/bhima-koregaon-violence-shifting-narrative-and-fading-public-memory-as-2019-approaches/

https://thewire.in/rights/extraordinary-laws-are-becoming-central-to-the-politics-of-repression-in-india

https://allendalepress.com/connecting-the-boys-to-a-plot-to-kill-the-pm-is-nonsense/121712/

http://indianculturalforum.in/2018/06/27/targeting-of-lawyers-dissenters-is-going-on-with-impunity-who-says-this-isnt-emergency/

http://southasia.oneworld.net/news/dalit-rights-activist-detained-in-maharashtra-amnesty#.WzRTydIzbIU

https://newsclick.in/targeting-lawyers-dissenters-going-impunity-who-says-isnt-emergency

https://scroll.in/latest/884552/united-nations-rights-experts-urge-india-to-release-jailed-delhi-university-professor-gn-saibaba

https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/reality-check-in-probe-into-plottokillpm-contradictions-unverified-claims-and-a-u-turn-1874905

https://www.facebook.com/IAPLIndia/

https://money.udn.com/money/story/5641/3219222 (CHINESE)

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India: Bhima Koregaon violence: Amnesty, Human Rights Watch call activists’ arrests ‘politically motivated’

June 25, 2018

They said the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act should be repealed.

Bhima Koregaon violence: Amnesty, Human Rights Watch call activists’ arrests ‘politically motivated’

India should stop arresting Dalit rights activists, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said in a joint statement on Monday. The rights organisations called the recent arrests of five activists by the Pune Police “politically motivated”, and said the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act should be repealed.

Five activists – Rona Wilson, Sudhir Dhawale, Mahesh Raut, Shoma Sen and Surendra Gadling – were arrested on June 6 for alleged links to the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist).

The police arrested them after raids at their homes and offices while investigating an event held on December 31 to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Bhima Koregaon. The police claimed that speeches the accused made at the event led to violent clashes between Dalits and Marathas a day later, and that the programme was funded by Maoists.

“This is not the first time that activists working on Dalit and Adivasi rights have been arrested with little evidence,” Amnesty International India chief Aakar Patel said.

https://scroll.in/latest/884045/bhima-koregaon-violence-amnesty-human-rights-watch-call-activists-arrests-politically-motivated

Lawyer arrested for ‘Maoist’ links remanded to magisterial custody till July 4

http://theleaflet.in/targeting-of-lawyers-dissenters-is-going-on-with-impunity-who-says-this-isnt-emergency/

http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/26186

https://thewire.in/caste/condemn-arrests-bhima-koregaon-clashes-dalit-rights

http://twocircles.net/2018jun26/423910.html

https://thewire.in/rights/extraordinary-laws-are-becoming-central-to-the-politics-of-repression-in-india

http://www.haribhoomi.com/news/surendra-gadling-has-been-sent-to-judicial-custody-till-4-july-accused-in-bhima-koregaon-violence (HINDI)

https://money.udn.com/money/story/5641/3219222 (CHINESE)

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India: Video: Why Maoist letters found on arrested activists in the Bhima Koregaon case seem to be fake

June 24, 2018

Despite announcing it to the media, the Pune Police have not included the letters in their submissions to the Pune Sessions Court.

https://scroll.in/video/883893/video-why-the-maoist-letters-found-on-arrested-activists-in-the-bhima-koregaon-case-might-be-fake

http://www.livelaw.in/attacking-public-spirited-lawyers-now-a-trend-iapl-condemns-arrest-of-advocate-vanchinathan-for-anti-sterlite-movement/

https://kaplanherald.com/2018/06/23/koregaon-bhima-clashes-judicial-custody-for-four/

http://sanhati.com/articles/18777/

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/06/24/india-dalit-rights-activists-detained

http://www.thecitizen.in/index.php/en/NewsDetail/index/2/14191/Bhima-Koregaon-Citizens-Flay-Arrests-As-Assault-on-Democracy

https://amnesty.org.in/news-update/india-dalit-rights-activists-detained/

https://thewire.in/caste/condemn-arrests-bhima-koregaon-clashes-dalit-rights

https://scroll.in/article/883226/kerala-maoist-konnath-muralidharans-kin-activists-say-hes-being-denied-medical-care-in-pune-jail

https://scroll.in/article/883758/family-of-maoist-spokesperson-arrested-in-chhattisgarh-says-police-have-the-wrong-man

https://www.facebook.com/IAPLIndia/

http://www.streekaal.com/2018/06/Theory-of-Arban-Maoist-by-the-Neopeshwas.html (HINDI)

https://www.change.org/p/devendra-fadnavis-we-demand-release-of-advocate-surendra-gadling-and-other-human-rights-activists?recruiter=885436142&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_abi.pacific_abi_share_button_ordering_1.abi_featured_fb (SIGN THE PETITION!)

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Citizens’ Solidarity with Voices of Democracy

We condemn the arrest of five human rights activists, professors and lawyers in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon clashes early this year. The alarming arrest of Advocate and General Secretary of Indian Association of Peoples’ Lawyers (IAPL) Surendra Gadling, Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP) Public Relations Secretary Rona Wilson, Head of English Department Professor Shoma Sen of Nagpur University and member of Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS), cultural activist and founder of Republican Panthers Jaatiya Antachi Chalwal Sudhir Dhawale and anti-displacement activist and Prime Ministers Rural Development Fellow (PMRDF) Mahesh Raut is a clear manifestation of state terror to crush the voices of dissent in this country. The intemperate use of sections of the IPC and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) on all five reveals legal over-reach and exposes the desperation to foist extraordinary and excessive charges on all five to ensure they remain in the clutches of the Fadnavis-Maharashtra government. All the arrested have consistently worked for the assertion of oppressed and marginalised communities against majoritarian forces, spoken out against Brahmanical patriarchy, upheld peoples’ rights to land, life and dignity, and have strived for the release of political prisoners. Today, after standing for the assertion of dalits, adivasis, Muslims, women, workers, farmers, marginalised sexualities, and oppressed communities, upholding the principles of democracy, and, consequently, being a thorn in the side of a vengeful police force, they are under the custody of impunity. Meanwhile, the perpetrators of violence during the Bhima-Koregaon clashes enjoy the protection of the state, patronage of the RSS and walk free. Now, with concerted efforts to implicate the arrested, egregious narratives of plots of assassinations is being weaved to defame and keep them in jail. These retributive actions are intended to threaten anyone who speaks out for them and drive a wedge between all struggles for peoples’ rights. In the last few years, wherever people have asserted their rights, the political establishment has clamped down on them with brutal force – be it in Saharanpur or Una, Bhima-Koregaon or Thoothkudi. The assault on the democratic fabric of this country, through the abuse of the legal and judicial process, the stage-managing of media for public trials, and deliberate efforts to build a climate of fear is blatant and pervasive. Today, more so than ever, it is crucial to reiterate unity in the face of divisive majoritarian politics that uses structural hierarchies to violently suppress different sections of people and communities. We strongly condemn the arrests of these voices of democracy, demand the immediate and unconditional release of all five human rights activists, professors and lawyers and stand united in our opposition to the onslaught of Brahmanical Hindutva fascism.

In Solidarity,

(Alphabetically)

1. Abha Dev Habib, Miranda House, University of Delhi
2. Achin Vanaik, Retired Professor, International Relations and Global Politics, University of Delhi
3. Adil Jussawalla, poet, magazine editor and translator
4. AK Ramakrishnan, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
5. Alok Rai, former faculty, Department of English, University of Delhi and writer and translator
6. Amit Bhaduri, Professor Emeritus, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
7. Amit Bhattacharyya, Professor, Jadavpur University and Secretary General, Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP)
8. Anand Patwardhan, filmmaker
9. Anand Teltumbde, writer and General Secretary, Committee for the Protection of Democratic Rights (CPDR), Mumbai
10. Ananya Vajpeyi, fellow, Centre for Studies in Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi
11. Anirban Kar, Associate Professor, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi
12. Anu Arunima, Professor, Women’s Studies Department, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
13. Arun Khopkar, director and actor
14. Ashok Bhowmick, artist
15. Asiya Shervani, Independent Consultant, Diversity and Social Inclusion, Hyderabad
16. Atamjit Singh, Punjabi playwright and Dakshinayan Abhiyan
17. Atul Dodiya, artist
18. Basavaraj Sulibhavi, activist and publisher of Ladai Prakashana, Karnataka
19. Benu Mohanlal, Ramjas College, University of Delhi
20. Bhupinder Choudhry, Maharaja Agrasen College, University of Delhi
21. Biswajit K. Bora, Syama Prasad Mukherjee College, University of Delh
22. Bittu Karthik Kondaiah, Associate Professor, Ashoka University, Sonipat and Telangana Hijra Intersex Transgender Samiti
23. C. Sadasiva, Dyal Singh College, University of Delhi
24. Chaman Lal, professor in Hindi translation at Jawaharlal Nehru University and Punjabi writer
25. Damodar Mauzo, Konkani writer and Sahitya Akademi awardee
26. Debaditya Bhattacharya, Kazi Nazrul University, Asansol
27. Feroze Mithiborwala, National Convenor, Bharat Bachao Andolan
28. Freny Manecksha, independent journalist,
29. G Haragopal, Visiting Professor, NLSIU, Bengaluru
30. Ganesh Devy, Dakshinayan Abhiyan
31. Gauhar Raza, former scientist, CSIR
32. Gauri Gill, contemporary photographer, Delhi
33. Ghanshyam Shah, social researcher, Ahmedabad
34. Githa Hariharan, writer
35. Govindi Joshi, Retd. Associate Professor, Ramjas College, University of Delhi
36. Hany Babu MT, Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Delhi
37. Hari Sen, Ramjas College, University of Delhi
38. Hemlata Manishwar, Professor, Jamia Millia Islamia
39. Indira Jaisingh, Advocate, Supreme Court of India
40. Imran G,
Advocate J&K High Court Srinagar, Socio-political activist
41. Jagmohan Singh, Association for Democratic Rights (AFDR), Punjab
42. Jatinder, Assistant Professor, Punjabi University
43. Jawari Mal Parakh, writer
44. John Dayal, human rights and political activist, Secretary-General, All India Christian Council
45. Jose Maria Sison, Chair, International League of People’s Struggle
46. Kalyani Menon Sen, feminist researcher and activist and Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS)
47. Kanji Patel, poet and novelist in Gujarati and editor of journal Vahi
48. Kavita Srivastava, President, Rajasthan chapter of People’s Union of Civil Liberties (PUCL), Jaipur
49. Keval Arora, Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi
50. Kiran Nagarkar, novelist, playwright, film and drama critic and screenwriter in Marathi
51. Kiran Shaheen, independent journalist, Delhi and Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS)
52. Laltu (Harjinder), Hyderabad
53. Laxmi Murthy, journalist, Bangalore
54. Loi, Global Secretariat, International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL)
55. Madhu Bhaduri, former diplomat
56. Mala Dayal, author and editor
57. Malem Ningthouja, writer and Chairperson, Campaign for Peace and Democracy, Manipur (CPDM)
58. Marie Boti, International Women’s Alliance
59. Meena Kandasamy, poet, writer, translator and activist
60. Megha Pansare, Assistant professor and head, Department of Foreign Languages, Shivaji University, Kolhapur and District President, National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW)
61. MN Ravunni, Vice President, CRPP, Wayanad, Kerala
62. Mohan Rao, Retd. Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
63. Mridula Garg, writer
64. Mukul Kesavan, historian, novelist and essayist
65. Mukul Mangalik, Ramjas College, University of Delhi
66. N Raghuram, Professor and Dean, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi
67. Nalini Nayak, Retd. Associate Professor, PGDAV (M) College, University of Delhi
68. Nancy Adajania, cultural theorist, art critic and curator
69. Nandini Chandra, Department of English, University of Delhi
70. Nandini Dutta, Associate Professor, Miranda House, University of Delhi
71. Nandini Sundar, Professor, Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi
72. Nandita Narain, St. Stephens College, University of Delhi
73. Narender Thakur, B. R. Ambedkar College, University of Delhi
74. Naveen Gaur, Dyal Singh College, University of Delhi
75. Nikhil Jain, Dyal Singh College, University of Delhi
76. Nirmalangshu Mukerjee, Retd. Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Delhi
77. Nivedita Menon, Professor, Centre for Comparative Politics and Political Theory, Jawaharlal Nehru University
78. P K Vijayan, Hindu College, University of Delhi
78. P. Koya, Professor, Calicut, Vice President, CRPP
80. Patricia Mukhim, social activist, writer, journalist and editor of Shillong Times
81. Pulin Nayak, Retd. Professor, Department of Economics, University of Delhi
82. Rajeev Bhargava, political theorist, former director of CSDS and former professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University
83. Rajvinder Singh Bains, High Court advocate and human rights lawyer, Chandigarh
84. Rakesh Ranjan, Associate Professor, Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi
85. Ranbir Kaleka, contemporary multimedia artist
86. Ratna Raman, Sri Venketeswara College, University of Delhi
87. Ravinder Goel, Retd. Associate Professor, Satyawati College (E), University of Delhi
88. Rina Ramdev. Associate Professor, Sri Venkataswara College, University of Delhi
89. Rita Kothari, Ashoka University, Sonipat and author and translator
90. Rita Sinha, Janki Devi Memorial College, University of Delhi
91. Rohini Hensman, writer and independent scholar, Bombay
92. Roopa Dhawan, Ramjas College, University of Delhi
93. Rudolf C. Heredia, Indian Social Institute, Delhi
94. Rukmini Bhaya Nair, linguist, poet, writer and critic
95. Saba Dewan, filmmaker
96. Sachin N, Dyal Singh College, University of Delhi
97. Sadhi Binning, Punjabi writer and activist, Canada
98. Sagari Chhabra, writer and film director
98. Samit Basu, writer
100. Samuel John, actor and cultural activist
101. Sandeep, film editor and writer, Mumbai
102. Sanjay Kak, filmmaker, Delhi
103. Sanjeev Kumar, writer and office-bearer, Janwadi Lekhak Sangh
104. SAR Geelani, Professor, Zakir Hussain College, University of Delhi and President, Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP)
105. Seema Azad, writer, activist, editor of Dastak and Secretary, People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), Uttar Pradesh
106. Shabnam Hashmi, social activist
107. Shanta Gokhale, writer, translator, journalist and social critic
108. Shaswati Mazumdar, Professor, Department of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of Delhi
109. Sheba Chhachhi, photographer, activist, writer, filmmaker and artist, Delhi
110. Shobhana Warrier, Kamala Nehru College, University of Delhi
111. Shovon Chowdhury, writer
112. Soumya Datta, South Asian University (SAU), Delhi
113. Sudha Bharadwaj, trade unionist and human rights lawyer
114. Sujato Bhadro, Vice President CRPP, Kolkata
115. Sukrita Paul Kumar, poet, critic, academician
116. Sumangala Damodaran, Associate Professor, Ambedkar University, Delhi
117. Sunil Kumar, Professor, Head, Department of History, University of Delhi
118. Susie Tharu, writer, professor, publisher, editor and activist
119. Suvojit Bagchi, journalist, Kolkata
120. Svati Joshi, Retd. Associate Professor, Miranda House, University of Delhi
121. Teena Anil, visiting fellow, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi
122. Teesta Setalvad, civil rights activist, journalist and Secretary, Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP)
123. TM Krishna, musician and author
124. Venugopalrao Nellutla, Editor, Veekshanam
125. Vidya Rao, Hindustani classical singer and writer
126. Vijay Singh, Retd. Associate Professor, Satyawati College, University of Delhi
127. Vijaya Venkarataraman, Associate Professor, Deparment of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of Delhi
128. Vijender Singh Chauhan, Zakir Hussain Delhi College, University of Delhi
129. Vikas Bajpai, Assistant Professor, Centre for Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
130. Vikas Gupta, Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Delhi, Joint Secretary, Sambhavana
131. Vineet Tiwari, National Secretary, All India Progressive Writer’s Association
132. Vinita Chandra, Ramjas College, University of Delhi
133. Vishnu Nagar, writer and poety
134. Vivek Narayanan, writer, poet and co-editor of Almost Island
135. Windel Bolinget, Chairperson, Cordillera People’s Alliance and Co-Convenor of KATRIBU Kalinpunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan sa Pilipinas
136. Xavier Dias, former editor, Khan Kaneej aur Adhikar, Jharkhand
137. Yogesh Puri, Retd. Associate Professor, Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi
138. Adv Imran G, Jk High Court Srinagar, Socio-political activist

[Please endorse this statement with your solidarity and your names will be added. It will be issued late evening on 24th of June, on the eve of Emergency Day. If possible, do share with others who may be willing to add their names in solidarity. If endorsements are added in the comments, it will be added to the list.

With sincere appreciation for the waves of support and solidarity.]

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India: COPS’ CLAIMS HOLD NO WATER: LAWYERS

June 17, 2018

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The Pune Police’s spiel in court on the threats from ‘urban Maoism’ with regard to the Bhima Koregaon violence is only aimed at creating prejudice and stoking passions, alleged experts in criminal law.

They said the police’s startling claims and the rapidly shifting narrative — from inflammatory speeches at Elgaar Parishad in Pune the day before the violence, to a letter hinting at a plot to assassinate the PM, to a recruitment drive at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) under the garb of a lecture series — have no mention in either the FIR that set the case in motion or the two applications for remand of alleged top urban Maoist operatives Sudhir Dhawale, Rona Wilson, Shoma Sen, Mahesh Raut and Surendra Gadling, who were arrested in a multicity operation on June 6.

Mum on allegations

As per the FIR registered on January 8, members of cultural group Kabir Kala Manch — Sudhir Dhawale, Sagar Gorkhe, Jyoti Jagtap, Harshali Potdar, Ramesh Gaichor and at least six others —made speeches, sung songs, recited couplets and performed street plays at Elgaar Parishad that were divisive and inflammatory in nature, and which incited the violent clashes that broke out the next day.

By the time the police arrested Dhawale, Wilson, Gadling, Sen and Raut, the narrative had begun to shift. They alleged that these five had set up an “urban front” for the banned CPI (Maoist) and made attempts through it to engage in anti-national activities.

The following day, the plot took on more menacing tones. While seeking police custody of these five, district government pleader Ujjwala Pawar told a Pune court that an incriminating letter had been recovered from the electronic devices seized from the accused.

https://mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com/mumbai/other/cops-claims-hold-no-water-lawyers/articleshow/64617836.cms

http://www.asianage.com/metros/mumbai/170618/nagpur-university-suspends-professor-with-maoist-links.html

https://mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com/mumbai/civic/prof-held-for-maoist-links-suspended-by-nagpur-varsity/articleshow/64608435.cms

https://mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com/others/sunday-read/portrait-of-a-maowadi/articleshow/64617792.cms

https://www.firstpost.com/india/bhima-koregaon-violence-accused-sambhaji-bhides-supporters-protest-in-pune-for-withdrawal-of-murder-case-4410215.html

https://www.indiatoday.in/magazine/up-front/story/20180625-narendra-modi-assassination-rajiv-ganshi-maoist-1259938-2018-06-16

https://www.telegraphindia.com/opinion/targeting-activists-238366

https://thewire.in/rights/pudr-chattisgarh-maoist-propagandist-police

https://www.firstpost.com/living/arrested-professor-shoma-sens-daughter-koel-says-my-mothers-been-tagged-a-maoist-after-lifetime-of-working-for-others-4533031.html

http://www.tehelka.com/rajiv-gandhi-narendra-modi-assassination-plots-how-similar-how-different/

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India: ‘Plot to kill Modi’ or state propaganda? Here are 5 questions on the probe

June 9, 2018

'Plot to kill Modi' or state propaganda? Here are 5 questions on the probe

‘Plot to kill Modi’ or state propaganda? Here are 5 questions on the probe

Even as twitter is roasting the PM-assassination-plot theory and its proponents, it is important to note that the way this narrative is being built is exactly how state propaganda works.

At first, the state turns a blind eye to allegations leveled against its agents. When the heat begins to rise, a campaign is unleashed to reverse the narrative. Opponents of the regime are hunted, barely-provable evidence is produced from thin air and is labeled incriminating.

The state and its agencies do not wait for public acceptance of the narrative which is swiftly moving from one conclusion to the next. The complainants are eventually branded as enemies of the state, making it easy for the law to swoop down on them and for the state to manufacture public disapproval.

Sambhaji Bhide and Milind Ekbote, leaders of radical Hindutva outfits, are accused of instigating large-scale violence during a Dalit congregation in Pune’s Bhima-Koregaon on January 1 and 2 this year. The violence killed one man, besides injuring several others.

While Ekbote was arrested but is now out on bail, Bhide continues to be unreachable for the fabled long arm of the law. Meanwhile, an entire bunch of activists dedicated to fighting battles for Dalits and tribals is arrested.

A letter is produced, purportedly recovered from the laptop of the one of the accused. The prosecution lawyer reads out the letter in court after which, only the ruling party’s spokespersons get access to it. They read it out on TV and publish excerpts on social media.

The letter talks about Maoists and openly mentions information about their plans, meetings, funding as well as criminal projects. Those arrested are also promptly labeled Maoists.

http://www.catchnews.com/amp/politics-news/plot-to-kill-modi-or-state-propaganda-here-are-5-questions-on-the-probe-117187.html

http://twocircles.net/2018jun11/423670.html

https://www.nationalheraldindia.com/india/sharad-pawar-dismisses-threat-letter-about-assassinating-pm-as-a-ploy-to-garner-sympathy

http://www.timesnownews.com/india/article/pm-modi-assassination-plot-letter-being-used-to-garner-sympathy-says-sharad-pawar-ncp-chief/238539

http://www.freepressjournal.in/mumbai/bhima-koregaon-accused-advocate-gets-hospitalized/1293675

https://indiablooms.com/news-details/N/40530/did-not-expect-pawar-to-stoop-to-this-level-fadnavis-on-ncp-chief-s-comment-on-modi-assassination-plan.html

https://www.dailyo.in/politics/bhima-koregaon-violence-plot-to-kill-pm-maoist-letter-urban-maoists-ramdas-athawale-ambedkarite-activists/story/1/24765.html

https://www.dailyo.in/politics/bhima-koregaon-probe-death-threats-to-pm-fake-political-narrative-sinister-plots-by-maoists/story/1/24769.html

https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/110618/after-claim-of-assassination-plot-rajnath-singh-reviews-pm-modis-sec.html

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Do attend rally/meeting in Kolkata against fabricated allegations and arrests of civil rights activists, lawyers, academics and others in parts of the country.

Date – June 11
Time – 3 pm
Meet at – Esplanade, front of Lenin’s Statue, walk to Bowbazar Bank of India Junction to attend protest meeting.
Organiser- Association for Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR)

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INVITE FOR PRESS CONFERENCE

CONDEMN THE ARREST OF ADV. SURENDRA GADLING, PROF. SHOMA SEN, SUDHIR DHAWALE, MAHESH RAUT AND RONA WILSON BY THE PUNE POLICE!

To condemn these arrests and attack on people’s struggles, the undersigned have organized a “Meet the Press” on Tuesday 12th June 2018 at 3pm at the Press Club, CSMT, Mumbai.

Justice (Retd.) B G Kolse Patil (Bhima Koregaon Shaurya Diwas Prerna Abhiyan), Indira Jaising, former Addl. Solicitor General, Supreme Court of India, Mihir Desai, Senior Advocate (PUCL, Maharashtra), Adv. Maharukh Adenwalla (CPDR), Bilal Khan (NAPM), Abhirr Palat (Amnesty India), Feroze Mithiborwala (Bharat Bachao Andolan), Sadiq Qureshi (B K S D Prerna Abhiyan)

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