Arrests made in Bhima Koregaon raids attempt to 'overturn Constitution': Rights groups call for action against Maharashtra Police
The arrests of the five activists, in a nationwide crackdown on Tuesday, highlights the violation of all due procedures and is a mockery of the legal system, said a joint statement signed by over 30 civil society groups.
All you need to know about Bhima Koregaon raids: Supreme Court offers relief to activists but controversy unlikely to die down
Here is all that has happened so far since the police arrested Rao, Gonsalves, Ferreira, Navlakha, and human rights activist and lawyer Sudha Bharadwaj over allegations of Maoist links and for inciting the Bhima Koregaon violence.
Vague definition of a terrorist, several ad hoc amendments make Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act a draconian law
The law under consideration is the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, (UAPA) 1967. It was enacted by the Congress and aimed to put a stop to activities which threatened the sovereignty and integrity of India. The ambiguity of the law restricts the freedom of speech and expression and the court had to always actively intervene to protect the said rights of the citizens charged under this Act.
'Dissent is safety valve of democracy': No jail, but house arrest for 5 activists, says Supreme Court; next hearing on 6 Sept
Dealing a blow to the Maharashtra Police, the apex court questioned it for arresting the activists nine months after the violence between Dalits and upper caste Peshwas in Koregaon-Bhima village near Pune following the Elgar Parishad, or conclave, on 31 December, 2017.
Bhima Koregaon raids latest updates: Lashing out at Congress president Rahul Gandhi for his tweet calling the arrested as "human rights activists", BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said, "Today, Congress has reached a new low. The Congress is standing with the Left-Wing Extremists."
Bhima Koregaon raids: Vernon Gonsalves' son says family experienced same 'sense of helplessness' in 2007; full text
Sagar Abraham-Gonsalves, son of activist Vernon Gonsalves, says that his father was arrested in 2007 "on numerous false charges", and was acquitted in all the cases after spending five and a half years in jail
Unlawful Activities Act: India's anti-terrorism law's ambiguous nature gives unreasonable power to authorities
The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 is India's anti-terrorism law. The UAPA, along with the National Security Act, 1980, are the two swords of the law that are used to combat terrorism.
#UrbanNaxals versus #MeTooUrbanNaxal: Vivek Agnihotri defiant as Twitterati demand suspension of director's account
The raids, dubbed as a "dangerous sign" by many have become a point of debate on social media. Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri took the debate a notch up with his tweet.
Tushar Damgude, man whose FIR spurred nationwide raids, reveres Sambhaji Bhide, attacks Left-wing ideology
The Pune police, which arrested five activists and raided various parts of the country in connection with Bhima-Koregaon riots, is following up on FIR filed by Damgude on 8 January. Among those arrested are Sudha Bharadwaj, Varavara Rao, Vernon Gonzales and Arun Ferreira.