Kolkata rights groups, students march against Father Stan Swamy's arrest, demand his release

The 82-year-old Jesuit priest was arrested from his Ranchi residence and taken to Mumbai by the NIA in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon case

Press Trust of India October 18, 2020 00:25:13 IST
Kolkata rights groups, students march against Father Stan Swamy's arrest, demand his release

File photo of Stan Swamy. Image Courtesy: 101Reporters/Manmohan Singh

Kolkata: A rally was taken out in the downtown Park Street area of Kolkata on Saturday as part of the nationwide protests by rights groups and minority organisations against the arrest of elderly tribal rights activist Father Stan Swamy by the the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

Around 100 people took part in the rally, organised by the Mother Teresa International Award Committee, demanding the immediate release of the 82-year-old Jesuit priest, who was arrested from his Ranchi residence and taken to Mumbai by the NIA in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon case.

The rally was the first public protest in West Bengal against the arrest of Father Stan Swamy.

It started from Bishop's House on Park Street and culminated at St Teresa's statue at the Archbishop's House, a little more than a km away.

The participants, including students and rights activists, carried placards denouncing the "undemocratic arrest of the elderly man in the most inhuman manner".

The vice-chancellor of St Xavier's University, Father J Felix Raj, addressing the rally, said, "From here, we again make our demand to the Government of India that Father Swamy be released forthwith by the NIA."

Swamy, he said, has been working for the uplift of the poor tribals in Jharkhand for decades. "He should be released immediately due to his advanced age. In a country like India, which has the tradition of showing respect to the elderly, the treatment to Father Swamy is very unfortunate," he said.

"In a secular country like India, the arrest of such a personality is a blot on our democratic tradition," Father Raj said.

Protests against the arrest will continue, he added.

Father Stan Swamy was arrested by the central agency from his Ranchi home for his alleged involvement in inciting a mob to violence at Bhima-Koregaon near Pune on January 1, 2018. He has been sent to judicial custody till 23 October.

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh, who claimed coronavirus is gone, tests positive for COVID-19
India

Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh, who claimed coronavirus is gone, tests positive for COVID-19

In September, the West Bengal BJP chief had accused the Mamata Banerjee govt of imposing lockdown in West Bengal only to stop BJP from organising public meetings before the Assembly polls due next year

CPM slams West Bengal governor for sharing pictures of ailing ex-CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on social media
India

CPM slams West Bengal governor for sharing pictures of ailing ex-CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on social media

CPM leader Sujan Chakraborty termed sharing pictures of Bhattacharjee as "unethical" and said that the party had also objected to sharing of photos of ailing actor Soumitra Chatterjee

West Bengal Police recruitment 2019: Result of exam to fill over 8,400 constable posts declared at wbpolice.gov.in
India

West Bengal Police recruitment 2019: Result of exam to fill over 8,400 constable posts declared at wbpolice.gov.in

The written exams were conducted in two parts - preliminary exam of 100 marks and mains exam of 85 marks. The interview round will be marked out of a maximum of 15 marks