NEW DELHI — Investigative companies have raided the properties of outstanding human rights activists, legal professionals and community intellectuals as part of an at any time-widening investigation into the violence frequented on a large Dalit protest in Bhima-Koregaon, Maharashtra, in January this calendar year.
Thus significantly, the police have raided the houses of prominent human rights lawyer and countrywide secretary of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) Sudha Bharadwaj, Dalit mental and author Anand Teltumbde, activist Susan Abraham, poet Varavara Rao and creator Arun Ferreira, HuffPost India has learnt. It is unclear if all those raided have been arrested as however.
In June, the law enforcement arrested Nagpur-primarily based lawyer Surendra Gadling, Dalit activist and publisher Sudhir Dhawale, literature professor Shoma Sen, and activists Mahesh Raut and Rona Wilson as part of a broad nation-wide swoop into what police claimed was a vast-ranging conspiracy.
At the time, Bharadwaj, Teltumbde and Ferreira had spoken out from the arrests in interviews with HuffPost India.
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In a surreal convert, the police at the time claimed to have learned letters pointing to a plot to assassinate Key Minister Narendra Modi. The letters have been dispersed to the press, but were not submitted in court docket.
“This is a witch-hunt that we have been anticipating for some time,” claimed V. Suresh, countrywide common secretary of PUCL, and a perfectly-recognized attorney in Chennai. “Although political parties have stayed silent, only human legal rights teams, women’s teams and environmental groups have challenged the oppressive and fascist rule of the ruling celebration in the central and some point out governments.”