A group of activists, intellectuals, lawyers, scientists, journalists, feminists, students, cultural groups and progressive citizens protest at Maharashtra Bhavan, New Delhi. The protest was called against unlawful arrests of 5 Human Rights activists Sudha Bharadwaj, Varavara Rao, Vernon Gonzalves, Arun Ferreira and Gautam Navlakha.
People from various professions condemned the outrageous act of Maharashtra Police which raided the houses of activists including Father Stan Swamy (Jharkhand), Prof. K. Satyanarayana (Telangana), journalist Kranthi Tekula, KV Kumaranath, Anand Teltumbde and Adv. Susan Abraham on the same day.
Scientist and Activist Gauhar Raza, Dr. Sunilam (National Convener, NAPM), Rakhi Sehgal (NTUI), Priya Pillai (WSS), Poonam Kaushik (PMS), Sideshwar Shukla (CITU), former DGP (Uttar Pradesh) SR Darapuri, Shamshul Islam (Nishant Natya Manch), Mohit Pandey (Former President, JNUSU), Aparna (IFTU) and others expressed their anger on the targeted attacks on human rights defenders.
Activists exposed some of the media houses who have been defaming the reputed activists in nexus with the state machinery. The protesters called this situation as ‘undeclared emergency’ where culprits/criminals like representatives from Sanatan Sanstha roam freely and innocent people are being raided and arrested.
Activists demand release of all illegally arrested activists including Rona Wilson, Sudhir Dhawale, Surendra Gadling, Shoma Sen and Mahesh Raut who are behind the bars since June. Citizens warned the government to mend its ways and withdraw all the false cases imposed on the activists.