Stop Harassing Human Rights Activists: CPI
The National Secretariat of the Communist party of India issued the following statement today (April 11, 2020) asking the government to stop all kinds of harassment of human rights activists:
The National Secretariat of the Communist Party of India asks the government to stop all kinds of harassment overt and or covert of human rights activists.
COVID-19 should not be treated as a blessing in disguise for BJP and RSS to push their agenda as we saw how the Union home minister Amit Shah and his ministry announced a new set of domicile laws for Jammu and Kashmir.
The Supreme Court has given activists Anand Teltumbde and Gautam Navlakhaa a week’s time, which comes to an end on April 13, to surrender before the authorities in the Bhima-Koregaon case, on a day when the whole country will remember Dr. Ambedkar on his birthday.
The harassment of Dr. Teltumbde and other activists continues to be a warning to all intellectuals who emerged from and stand committed for the cause of Dalits, Adivasis, OBCs and minority communities. Nine other activists and intellectuals who have been accused in the same case and charged with sections of the draconian Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) have been imprisoned since 2018.
The way Bhima-Koregaon case was handled by the previous state government of Maharashtra headed by BJP and the Union government not setting up an SIT has raised strong apprehension that Hindutva brigade led by Milind Ekbote and Manohar Bhide are being shielded from prosecution.
CPI urges upon the government to put on hold all alleged anti-national and conspiracy cases against human rights activists. In this context, the Party wants the government to stop harassment of activists arrested already and others to be arrested in Bhima-Koregaon case.
The Party wants the government to withdraw the case and release all the activists.