Oppn leaders condemn arrests in Elgaar Parishad case, accuse BJP govt of ‘crushing voices of dissent’

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By: Express News Service | Pune |

October 22, 2020 12:04:10 am

CPI-M chief Sitaram Yechury mentioned what occurred within the Elgaar Parishad case was not an remoted occasion. Senior leaders of opposition events got here collectively on Wednesday to sentence the arrest of 83-year-old Jesuit priest, Father Stan Swamy, and others by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in reference to the Elgaar Parishad case.
During a web based press convention organsied by the People’s Union of Civil Liberties (PUCL), the leaders slammed the BJP-led central authorities for “misusing the state machinery for crushing voices of dissent”.
Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren despatched a video message, saying it was unhappy that an individual like Stan Swamy, who has been working for the rights of tribals and minorities within the state for a number of years, has been arrested. Soren blamed the BJP-led authorities for “breaking the constitutional system of the country”.
CPI-M chief Sitaram Yechury mentioned what occurred within the Elgaar Parishad case was not an remoted occasion. He mentioned victims had been equally charged in Delhi riots circumstances. Yechury talked about misuse of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and known as for unified motion for repealing UAPA.
DMK MP Kanimozhi mentioned the arrest of 16 individuals within the case over “false implications” was meant to silence the voices of those that have taken a special stand. “…It is the time to set aside all our differences, come together and fight against draconian laws. These laws have to be repealed,” she mentioned.
CPI chief D Raja additionally condemned the arrest of “intellectuals” within the Elgaar Parishad case. Raja mentioned sedition expenses are being slapped in opposition to college students and activists, and mentioned his social gathering has at all times been in opposition to the UAPA. He alleged that right-wing extremist teams wish to convert the “Indian democratic state to a theocratic state”.
Raja additionally spoke about G N Saibaba, a former Delhi University professor who has been convicted by a Gadchiroli court docket in 2017 for Maoist hyperlinks. Raja mentioned Saibaba is 95 per cent disabled and remains to be not being launched on bail. “Prisoners do have rights… the present government is ruthless. It does not believe in the Constitution,” he mentioned.
Congress chief and MP Shashi Tharoor, in a video message, termed Stan Swamy’s arrest “shocking”. “..As someone who has benefited from Jesuit education…I am convinced that no Jesuit priest can ever be guilty of violence or inciting violence… charges (against Swamy) seem to be preposterous,” he mentioned. Tharoor demanded that Swamy be launched on bail.
NCP MP Supriya Sule mentioned it was unlucky that in reference to the Elgaar Parishad case, which has occurred in her home district Pune, individuals are being harassed. “Some are senior citizens in their 80s, who have contributed to India’s literature, poetry…. unfortunate that democratic voices are completely crushed by the central government,” she mentioned.
“…When the Maharashtra government and police were doing a very good job… being very fair and just, this case was abruptly taken away. I think it has become a new normal that every time the Maharashtra government does a good job, the central government steps in and takes our power away……This case is like a Black Day for the Indian democracy. I know, we all know that they are innocent. This is dirty political vendetta….We must raise our voices,” mentioned Sule.
Meanwhile, Rupali Jadhav, an artist of Kabir Kala Manch, whose members have additionally been arrested in reference to the case, refuted all expenses and mentioned they’re being focused by the federal government for elevating voices for the rights of Dalits and poor.
She demanded motion in opposition to Hindutva chief Sambhaji Bhide and Milind Ekbote, who’ve been named as accused in one other case associated to Koregaon Bhima violence, lodged with the Pune Rural Police.
Advocate Mihir Desai, vp of PUCL and a defence lawyer within the Elgaar Parishad case, tribal activist Dayamani Barla, Dr Marianus Kujur of XISS Ranchi and economist Jean Dreze additionally spoke in the course of the on-line press meet.
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