Imphal, Aug 31,
Ten students’ bodies from across the country has severely condemn the arrest of 8 noted personalities including revolutionary poet Vara Vara Rao from Hydrabad and appealed the government to released them all without any conditions.
Among those arrested includes Human Right activists Sudha Bharadwaj, writer Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, reporter Gautam Navlakha and three more.
All the 8 of them are alleged to have been linked with Maoist rebel group as reported in mainland media and were charged of plotting assassination of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
A media released jointly signed by Atif Anik, President, Revolutionary Student-Youth Movement, Bangladesh , Lal Salaam and Red Regards from Germany, Jugendwiderstand , Arunank State General Secretary, Democratic Students Union (Telangana) , Kara Lenina Taggaoa, National Spokesperson, League of Filipino Students Democratic Students Union, India , Parvez Lelin, Bangladesh Student Federation, Saeed Bilash, Chatra Ganamanch, Bangladesh , Chiranjiwi Dhakal, President, All Nepal National Independence Students’ Union (Revolutionary), Biplop Group , Bhushan Longjam, General Secretary, Socialist Students’ Union of Manipur and Ram Nepali, General Secretary, All Nepal National Independent Student Union (Revolutionary) said that on the August 28 in over 6 states Indian police made a series of raids and arrests of so far 8 Community leaders and Intellectuals. They have been arrested without any proven charges, just on the basis of suspicion of being behind the violence which took place at a protest rally for Dalits last year. Among them are Human Right activists Sudha Bharadwaj, highly regarded revolutionary poet Vara Vara Rao, writer Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, reporter Gautam Navlakha and three more.
The students’ bodies term the arrest as illegal and unjust, and blamed the Indian police to unmasked the so-called democracy of India.
“We highly regard this current situation of India as unannounced Emergency (martial law). The government and the police conniving to arrest anyone at will for showing the slightest sign of resistance to the fascist schemes of the government is concrete proof of the situation of emergency. Worth mentioning further, all those who have been arrested are those mostly loudly raising their voices against the fascism imposed by Modi”, the statement said.
All of them were firm in their commitment to fighting for the Democratic Rights of the people, each from their own position. As allies of the Indian people and the Indian democratic revolution, it is the duty of all freedom seekers across the world to protest the mass-arrest and raise our collective voices against Modi’s fascism, the statement added.