For the first time, as many as nine Members of the European Parliament has sent a letter to the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, seeking to cancel all the agreements with the Indian government. They want such an action protesting against the raids on homes, and arbitrary arrest, of nine human and democratic rights activists across India on August 28.
With this letter MEPs Lídia Senra, Ángela Vallina, Paloma López, Merja Killonen, Ana Gomes, Clara Aguilera, Ciprian Tănăsescu, Claude Moraes and Julie Ward urged such action until the human rights activists are released and the hunt against the Adivasis, Dalits, religious minorities and people of Kashmir and Manipur is stopped.
They also demanded the immediate release of Prof. GN Saibaba, Susan Abraham, Varavara Rao, Father Stan Swamy, Anand Teltumbde, Gautam Navlakha, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira and Advocate Surendra Gadling, Prof Shoma Sen, Sudhir Dhawle, Rona Wilson, Mahesh Raut and all human rights defenders in India.
It may be recalled the Supreme Court directed to kept five activists arrested in alleged connection with a Maoist plot to kill Prime Minister Narendra Modi under house arrest. The apex court was hearing a petition filed that challenged the arrests.
Earlier, a bench headed by Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra took offence on the statements of the Assistant Commissioner of Police (Pune) and said that he was casting aspersions in court.
Meanwhile, the Maharashtra Police defended the arrests of five human rights activists alleging ‘connection to Maoists’ before the Supreme Court of India by saying that the investigation was based on “cogent evidence”.
The defense was in response to a plea which had been filed by Romila Thapar and four others. The police accused the activists of planning to carry out violence, planned ambush against country and security forces. “Activists were not arrested because of their dissenting opinion, there is sufficient material to dispel this impression,” the Maharashtra Police said.