Waging lawfare on democratic rights
"Police teams from different states are reported to have launched simultaneous raids at the homes of several people in Mumbai, Delhi, Ranchi, Goa and Hyderabad, including activists, priests, writers and lawyers. Human rights advocate Sudha Bharadwaj’s home was also raided and she was taken into custody this morning. Among those whose residences were raided, according to sources, were Susan Abraham, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Kranthi Tekula, Varavara Rao, Father Stan Swamy, Anand Teltumbde and Gautam Navlakha. A relative of Varavara Rao confirmed that his daughter Anala and son-in-law KV Kurmanath’s house had also been raided. A relative of Abraham said, 'Susan and Arun are defending the accused in the Bhima-Koregaon violence of last January.'
Those arrested included human rights lawyer from Nagpur Surendra Gadling, Dalit rights activist and journalist Sudhir Dhawale, former Prime Minister Rural Development fellow Mahesh Raut, Rona Wilson and Shoma Sen, associate professor from Nagpur University.
The raids began on Tuesday morning and were continuing at the time of writing this. According to sources, laptops, phones and other material was seized from some of the residences. A contingent from Vishrambag police station in Pune, which is investigating the Bhima-Koregaon violence, is part of the raids. There is no confirmation yet why the raids were carried out on such a scale simultaneously."
"News is coming from various quarters that there are simultaneous police raids on the houses of activists in Hyderabad, Mumbai, Delhi, Goa and Ranchi. Till now, the houses of Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, Kranthi Tekula, KV Kurmanath, Gautam Navlakha, Adv. Susan Abraham, Varavara Rao, EFLU Professor K Satyanarayana, Stan Swamy, Kaasim (Revolutionary Writers Assocation-ViRaSam) and Anand Teltumbde are being raided. Looks like another cock and bull 'Maoist cell busted' story in making." ~ Gutta Rohith
'MODI GOVERNMENT SHOWING ITS MIGHT BY RAIDING TOP HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY' (by Kavita Srivastava)
// From 6 am onwards, the Maharasthra police raided and searched father Stan Swamy's place in Ranchi. Through the search operations, they confiscated several items like computers, laptop, CDs, papers and books. He was also quizzed about some organisations in Maharasthtra.
Just received a message that the Pune cops are simultaneously raiding Arun Ferreira's and Susan Abraham and Vernon Gonsalves's residences in Mumbai, Gautam Navlakha's house in Delhi, and Anand Teltumbde's house in Goa. In Hyderabad, Varavara Rao's and Kranthi Tekula's and Varavara Rao's daughter Anala and journalist Kurmanath's house are also being raided. All under the Bhima-Koregaon charade. //
"You will not be able to silence any of us.
You will not be able to crush us.
However hard you try."