On the morning of August 28, Police conducted raids at 8 locations across 5 states. The raids were said to be in respect of the investigation taking place in Bhima-Koregaon violence that took place in June this year. On Tuesday, the police arrested several human rights activists for their alleged involvement in the Bhima-Koregaon violence. Just a few hours after the houses of human rights activists — Sudha Bharadwaj, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, Gautam Navlakha and Varavara Rao — were raided and detained, Communist Party of India (Marxist) issued a press statement and demanded Centre to stop this repression.
As per reports, the following human rights activists have been detained for having links with the Maoists. The Pune Police claimed that the speeches made by the human rights activists at the Elgaar Parishad resulted in the communal violence. Reports add the speeches were made during the bicentennial celebration of the battle of Bhima-Koregaon near Pune on January 1.
One of the petitioners in this case, historian Romila Thapar said that those who actually indulge in terror activities and are accused of lynching, assassination should be arrested but not those who are working for human rights.
Supreme Court on arrest of 5 rights activists
The Supreme Court said dissent is the safety valve of democracy. The Supreme Court has fixed September 6 as next date of hearing in the matter.
Who are petitioners?
The petitioners challenging the arrest of 5 rights activists are Romila Thapar, Devki Jain, Prabhat Patnaik, Satish Deshpande and Maya Daruwala.
No jail for 5 rights activists: SC
The Supreme Court has stayed transit remand of all 5 accused till September 5. The Supreme Court has further ordered that all 5 accused will be kept under house arrest.
SC issues notice to Maharashtra government in Gautam Navlakha case
In Gautam Navlakha case, the Supreme Court has issued a notice to Maharashtra government. The top court has further asked all parties to file their replies by September 5.
SC begins hearing on petition challenging arrest of rights activists
The Supreme Court has begun hearing a petition challenging arrest of rights activists by historian Romila Thapar and 4 other petitioners. Senior advocates, including Indira Jaisingh, Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Prashant Bhushan, are present in Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra's court.
Country moving towards dictatorship: Lalu Prasad Yadav on arrest of rights activists
Former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav has condemned the arrest of rights activists, saying that this country is moving towards emergency and dictatorship.
BSP chief Mayawati launches attack on BJP over arrest of rights activists
BSP chief Mayawati called the arrests of activists an attempt to spread terror and fear of the government. She added that it is autocracy and utmost exploitation of power by BJP.
Delhi HC questions action by Pune Police
The Delhi High Court questioned the prosecution that why arrest memo was not given to Gautam Navlakha or his counsel. HC observed, "every minute that a person is spending in custody is a matter of concern"
MoS Hansraj Ahir defends arrest of 5 rights activists by Pune Police
Hansraj Ahir, Minister of State Home Affairs, said that action by Pune Police is based on the investigation, adding that anyone unhappy with it can approach the court.
Left parties to hold protest against arrest of 5 rights activists at Jantar Mantar tomorrow
CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said there will be a protest at Jantar Mantar (Delhi) tomorrow by the Left and all progressive groups against the unethical crackdown.
NHRC sends notice to Maharashtra government
The National Human Rights Commission has sent a notice to the Maharashtra goverment claiming that the standard opearating procedure in connection with the arrests were not followed by the police.
In a shocking revelation, the police have found that the arrested persons were not only behind Bhima-Koregaon violence but had more sinister plans as per their ideology. Around 35 big University and colleges were on their target to recruit young college and university students who can follow their ideology and take their movement ahead.
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Shiv Sena slams arrest of human rights activists
Manisha Kayande, leader of Shiv Sena, slammed the arrests of human rights activists and said that the mastermind of Bhima- Koregaon violence has yet not been arrested.
Gautam Navalakha, one of the 5 human rights activists arrested, used to coordinate with Naxals extremist in Kashmir, as per Pune police investigation
Delhi High Court to hear petition challenging the arrests at 2:15pm
Delhi high court will hear rights activist Gautam Navlakha's petition against the arrests at 2:15pm today. Some of the documents are yet to be translated from Marathi to English.
Supreme Court to hear petition against arrests at 3:15pm
The petitioners are Romila Thapar, Devki Jain, Prabhat Patnaik, Satish Deshpande and Maya Daruwala.
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Bhima Koregaon raids
I have no sympathy whatsoever for Maoism but freedom of thought, belief & expression are fundamental rights in any democracy. To arrest activists who have neither committed nor facilitated violence is to betray our democracy. This is not the India that Gandhiji fought to free.— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) August 29, 2018
Copy of the petition filed in the Supreme Court
Arrests of 5 activists from various cities across India in connection with Bhima Koregaon violence by Pune Police was done "under government's pressure," said advocate Susan Abraham, who is wife of Varnan Gonsalves- one of the activists— ANI Digital (@ani_digital) August 29, 2018
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Congress President Rahul Gandhi speaking on the recent arrests of human rights activists tweeted that there is only place for one NGO in India and it's called the RSS. Shut down all other NGOs. Jail all activists and shoot those that complain. Welcome to the new India.
Petition against the arrest of activists in connection with Bhima Koregaon violence to be filed in Supreme Court today.
Speaking on the arrest of Sudha Bharadwaj, her lawyer while speaking to the media on Tuesday night said, "Transit bail application was dismissed. We had informed CJM that HC in Chandigarh has intervened and passed an interim order that Pune police won't take her under custody and she'll be under house arrest for 3 days. The matter will once again be taken up before the High Court in Chandigarh after 3 days. Still, the Pune police arrested her, it's a complete violation of the order of the High Court."
The matter will once again be taken up before the High Court in Chandigarh after 3 days. Still, the Pune police arrested her, it's a complete violation of the order of the High Court: Lawyer of Sudha Bharadwaj (arrested in connection with #BhimaKoregaonViolence) (28.08.2018) pic.twitter.com/wHocdqMJTx— ANI (@ANI) August 28, 2018
Transit bail application was dismissed.Had informed CJM that HC in Chandigarh intervened&passed interim order that Pune police won't take her under custody&she'll be under house arrest for 3 days:Lawyer of Sudha Bharadwaj(arrested in connection with #BhimaKoregaonViolence)(28.08) pic.twitter.com/dw1MZohlzd— ANI (@ANI) August 28, 2018
Human rights advocate Sudha Bharadwaj, whose house was raided earlier in the day, has been taken into police custody. According to reports, Sudha Bharadwaj has been charged under several sections of the IPC including 153a, 505, 117 and 120 and other sections of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Speaking on her arrest, Sudha's daughter Maaysha said that a team of 10 people had searched their place at around 5:30 am on Tuesday morning. They didn't have a search warrant but were carrying some another document.
Author and activist Arundhati Roy has condemned government's exercise of arresting the rights activists and said that it is as close to a declaration of an emergency as we are going to get.
Historian and author Ramachandra Guha while reacting to the arrests of rights activists across the country has called this exercise as a brutal, authoritarian, oppressive, arbitrary and illegal act. Ramachandra Guha further added, "As a biographer of Gandhi, I have no doubt that if the Mahatma Gandhi was alive today, he would don his lawyer's robes and defend Sudha Bharadwaj in court; that is assuming the Modi Sarkar hadn't yet detained and arrested him too."
A team of 10 people came today morning, they didn't have a search warrant but were carrying another document. They checked our mobile phones & laptops and took all passwords: Maaysha, daughter of Sudha Bharadwaj (arrested in connection with #BhimaKoregaon violence) pic.twitter.com/FmkP6MuatV— ANI (@ANI) August 28, 2018
Human rights activist Sudha Bharadwaj's daughter reacts over the raids
Commenting on the arrest of her mother, Sudha Bharadwaj, her daughter Maaysha said that a team of 10 people barged into their house on Tuesday morning, checked all the mobile phones, laptops and took all the passwords. She added that they weren't carrying a search warrant but another document.
Dear Dalit community, you don't vote as one group. A lot of you also vote for BJP traditionally. But I hope after this you will recognize BJP's true face and you will vote unitedly in 2019 against BJP. I hope you can see what Brahminical Hindutva groups are doing #BhimaKoregaon— Sanjukta Basu (@sanjukta) August 28, 2018
Delhi High Court stays Gautam Navlakha's tranfer to Pune
During the hearing, the Delhi High Court has stated the transfer of human rights activist Gautam Navlakha's transfer to Pune till August 29. The Court added that it is not possible to make out the case against Gautam from the documents that were present by the police. The matter will be now be heard on August 29.
Arundhati Roy reacts to raids, says instead of arresting those who publicly lynch people, the police are arresting lawyers, poets and writers who fight for Dalit rights. This shows which direction India is headed.
For decades, Dalits have celebrated #BhimaKoregaon without being attacked by Hindutva-vadis. This year, that changed. Now, instead of arresting instigators of violence like Bhide, the BJP has ordered cops to go after Dalit activists, their lawyers and members of the PUCL. Brazen.— Mihir Sharma (@mihirssharma) August 28, 2018
CPI(M) demands withdrawal of cases and immediate release of the human rights activists
In the press statement released by CPI(M), it demanded the withdrawal of cases against the detained activists and sought their immediate release.
Apart from spreading terror what else is achieved by arresting innocent people. Arrest Sambhaji Bhide for the violence at Bhima-Koregaon. His Shiv Pratishthan has been causing immense trouble in that region. And that's been well-documented.https://t.co/N193vFKH3H— Radhika Bordia (@radhikabordia) August 28, 2018
Ever since the Bhima Koregoan violence against Dalits, the Maharashtra Police along with central agencies have been targeting dalit rights activists and lawyers who have been taking up their cases. This is a brazen attack on democratic rights & civil liberties. pic.twitter.com/rqW3XzQEcx— Sitaram Yechury (@SitaramYechury) August 28, 2018
CPI(M) chief Sitaram Yechury slams the arrest of human rights activists
Slamming the Centre over the arrest human rights activists in respect to the Bhima-Koregaon violence, Yechury said that the Maharashtra Police and the Central agencies have been targetting Dalits rights activists and lawyers who have been taking the cases of the Dalits. He further termed it as an attack on democratic rights and civil liberties.