Around 30 telangana police raided the houses of Devendra and Swapna in Hyderabad without any warrent. Both are active members of a women organisation ‘chaitanya mahila sangham’. CMS members alleged that when they found nothing in their houses they put some papers which they brought with them and took them into custody. This is to prove that they have links with Maoists.
Infact this is a consecutive round of arrests after Shilpa, secretary of cms and Menchu Ramesh, secretary of telangana praja front were taken to custody in a similar fashion yesterday.
On November 12th anuradha and ravi were arrested when they were about to attend a press meet on ayodhya verdict. In the month of October atleast 8 members of different organisations were arrested after a series of raids on their houses. Some were literally kidnapped on the road. All are booked under UAPA and bail applications are being rejected. The names of more than 40 activists and intellectuals are included in a so called maoist conspiracy case under UAPA. It include writers like N Venugopal, and C Kasim. Every body waits for their turn now. Don’t know how and when they get arrested.
A silent emergency is unfolding in telangana and it is a going is bury all democratic voices. We request all domocrats to respond and act immediately before everything goes out of hands.
– Revolutionary Writers’ Association
Indian press informs about a comrade Vikalpa Special Commitee Dandakaranya zone PCI (maoist) spokeperson’s comunication announcing 59 years old comrade’s death for illness, a very important top level party cadre and Central Committee member who use to lead maoist activities in Bastar. Comrade Ramanna joined the maoists in 1982 and paricipated to a lot and important action of people’s war against reactionaries and mercenaries, like member of unit of People Liberation Guerrilla Army in various states of the so called Red Corridor. Bourgeois press considers his death like a hard blow to PCI (maoist) direction.
Braving cold weather and rain on a weekday afternoon, social justice activists have come together to raise their voices for a physically challenged Delhi University professor being incarcerated in India.
G.N. Saibaba who is ninety percent disabled below the waist and who relies on a wheelchair for mobility, is serving a life sentence under inhumane conditions. This is despite the continued deterioration of his health because of 19 ailments.
On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3, Indians Abroad for Pluralist India (IAPI) held a demonstration on his behalf in Surrey’s Holland Park, where speakers unanimously demanded Saibaba’s immediate release on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.
They felt that the current right-wing Hindu nationalist Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) government is indulging in a double standard by openly shielding Hindu extremists who are spreading violence and terror while punishing a scholar like Saibaba.He’s facing persecution for standing up for the rights of religious minorities and oppressed communities, particularly Adivasis (the Indigenous peoples of India), who are being forcibly evicted by the Indian state from their traditional lands in the name of development.
The attacks on minorities and Adivasis have grown ever since the BJP came to power with a brute majority in 2014.
Saibaba was charged and convicted after being branded as a Maoist sympathizer. Since Maoists are fighting a class war in the tribal belt, not only Saibaba, but others like him have been frequently labelled as ultra-leftists to suppress any voice of dissent.
Sikh activists in Metro Vancouver came out to show their solidarity. Among them were two members of the Banda Singh Bahadur Society, Ranjit Singh Khalsa and Inderjit Singh Bains. In addition, members of Guru Nanak Sikh Temple Surrey-Delta were also present.
Notably, the Sikh community in Vancouver has enthusiastically supported a petition asking for the Canadian government to intervene in the matter to try to get Saibaba released.
Those who spoke on December 3 included anti-racism educator Annie Ohana; antipoverty activist Dave Diewert; independent Sikh activist Gurmukh Singh Deol; and a volunteer with Sikh Nation, Sunil Kumar. No electeds official showed up.
Participants held placards asking for Saibaba’s freedom and shouting slogans against the high-handedness of the Indian government that continues to ignore an international outcry over the mistreatment being meted out to him.
The rally began with a moment of silence in memory of another scholar and activist, SAR (Syed Abdul Rehman) Geelani, who passed away recently. Geelani, who also taught at Delhi University, was close to Saibaba and tirelessly campaigned for the release of all political prisoners.
Geelani himself was falsely implicated by the police in connection with a terror attack on the Indian parliament in 2001 and was thrown in jail. After being acquitted by the court, he became an advocate for political prisoners. (More information on Geelani is available in Indian writer Arundhati Roy’s new book, My Seditious Heart, which is a collection of her essays.)
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