Severely Condemn Arrest; immediately and Unconditionally release all arrested intellectuals and activists - CPI (ML) Red Star

29 August 2018
The arrest of Varavararao and Sudha Bhardwaj in continuation of the arrest and charging of UAPA against Sudhir Dhawale, Surendra Gadling, Mahesh Raut, Shoma Sen and Rona Wilson in June this year, and the raids on the houses of Anand Teltumbde, Arun Ferira, Sushman Abraham, Vernon Gonsalve and Goutham Navlaka, intellectuals and activists across the country, in the guise of probing into the violence associated with Bhima-Koregaon struggle are severely condemnable. While the Sangh Parivar goons, the real culprits are let free, the true intention of the saffron fascist regime is to break the emerging unity between the left movement and the militant dalit movement in India.

This fascistic move on the part of the saffron regime is part of a multi-pronged strategy of winning the 2019 elections by checking the fast-declining popularity of Modi (the case is reportedly relating to a plot to kill Modi) and polarizing the Hindutva-communal votes in his favour. Obviously, all the people who have been arrested and intimidated are well-known intellectuals whose positions on political and social issues are open and publicly known. At a time when saffron terrorist outfits like Sanatan Sanstha’s involvement in the murder of Gauri Lankesh is coming out in the open, the arrest of these progressive intellectuals based on cooked up charges is for diverting people’s attention away from real facts.

We severely condemn these arrests and ask the central and state governments to unconditionally release these well- known intellectuals after dropping all false charges framed against them.

K N Ramachandran

General Secretary

CPI (ML) Red Star.
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