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Nine European Parliament members to EU: Cancel agreements with India till activists released

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Nine members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have written to the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, criticising the Indian government for the raids on and arrests of nine human and democratic activists across India and demanded the cancellation of all agreements with the Indian government until the activists are released.

In a letter to the European Union’s top foreign policy diplomat, the MPs condemned the police action on activists in several cities of India on August 28. They noted that five of the activists had been arrested arbitrarily and were charged under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act – “one of the most barbaric laws, copied from the colonial law book”.

They said the arrests amount to “a very serious attack on the already crumbling state of democracy in India”, and also demanded the release of five other activists arrested in June.

The statement was signed by members of the European Parliament Lídia Senra, Ángela Vallina, Paloma López, Merja Killonen, Ana Gomes, Clara Aguilera, Ciprian Tanasescu, Claude Moraes and Julie Ward.

The MEPs asked how the European Commission could have “contacts and agreements” with a government that “defends that there are first- and second-class humans, indiscriminately kills Adivasis, Dalits and religious minorities, and imprisons human rights activists”.

On August 28, the Pune Police had raided the homes of 10 human rights activists across the country and arrested five of them – Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, Gautam Navlakha, Varavara Rao and Sudha Bharadwaj. The following day, India’s Supreme Court ordered that they be placed under house arrest till the next hearing. They continue to be under house arrest.

The police have claimed that the activists were in the process of fomenting large-scale violence and destruction of property, which would have resulted in chaos. The police said this was part of the agenda of the banned outfit Communist Party of India (Maoist).

The activists have been accused of involvement in an event organised in Pune on December 31, which was followed by caste-related violence at a nearby village the next day. The police have said the activists’ speeches at the event were meant to incite hatred.

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Ms Federica MOGHERINI

High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

We, the undersigned Members of the European Parliament, condemn the raids on homes and arbitrary arrest of nine human and democratic rights activists across India, on August 28, 2018.

Amongst the people raided are Anand Teltumbde, Stan Swamy, Kranti Teluka and Prof K Satyanarayana. But the raids also included Arun Ferreira, Sudha Bharadwaj, Varavara Rao, Gautam Navlakha and Vernon Gonsalves, all five are now under arrest charged under one of the most draconian law: the UAPA, Unlawful Activity Prevention Act.

This is one of the most barbaric laws, copied from the colonial law book, which allows an indefinite detention (arrest) of any citizen the Government suspects of having an intent to commit a crime against the State.

These raids and arrests are the follow up of the arbitrary arrests, a few months ago, of Sudhir Dhawale, Adv Surendra Gadling, Prof Shoma Sen, Mahesh Raut and Rona Wilson. These five are lawyers, journalists and human rights activists who have been implicated in totally fabricated charges of organizing the violence in Bhima Koregaon at the beginning of this year.

The Indian Government adds these most recent raids and arrests to the continuous and relentless repression on the democratic voice and aspirations of the Indian. This amounts to a very serious attack on the already crumbling state of democracy in India. Regarding the words of Aakar Patel, Executive Director Amnesty International India: ʹThese arrests are a matter of grave concern. Surendra Gadling, Rona Wilson, Sudhir Dhawale, Shoma Sen and Mahesh Raut have a history of working to protect the rights of some of Indiaʹs most marginalized people.

Their arrests raise disturbing questions about whether they are being targeted for their activism. Anyone arrested for legitimately exercising their right to freedom of expression must be released immediately and unconditionally.ʹ During the current European Parliament term, two written questions have been addressed to the European Commission regarding one of the most painful cases: the situation of the Indian teacher GN Saibaba. He has a 90% physical disability, aggravated in recent months with acute pancreatitis, and it was recommended the removal of his gallbladder.

Because of this, this life imprisonment sentence is actually a death sentence for this professor, who has done nothing but defend the rights of the Adivasis and Dalits people with words, as well as denounce the counterinsurgency strategy ʹOpera on Green Huntʹ. On June 26, United Nations human rights experts urged the government of India to release the teacher for health reasons and to ensure immediate access to medical care, including appropriate treatment and rehabilitation: ʹWe would like to remind India that any denial of reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities in detention is not only discriminatory but may well amount to ill-treatment or even torture. In particular, solitary confinement should be prohibited when the conditions of prisoners with disabilities would be made worse by this measure.ʹ

The answers given by you on behalf of the European Commission were the following:

ʹThe EU has been closely following cases of human rights defenders arrested in India, including the cases of professor Saibaba, accused of having links with Naxal militants, and of Ms. Arundathi Roy, accused of contempt of court for her article defending the cause of Professor Saibaba.

The EU Delegation in New Delhi has made appeals on humanitarian grounds with the National Human Rights Commission. The EU attaches great importance to the issues at stake, most importantly to the freedom of expression, the right to a fair trial and the rights of human rights defenders. These issues are also addressed at the EU-India human rights dialogue.ʹ ʹThe EU continues to follow the case of professor Saibaba convicted by sessions court in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra in March 2017. As Professor Saibaba lodged an appeal against the verdict with the Nagpur High Court, the case is still sub judice. The EU has been raising the case on humanitarian grounds with the Indian authorities.ʹ How can the European Commission have contacts and agreements with a Government that defends that there are first and second class humans, indiscriminately kills the Adivasis, Dalits and religious minoritiesʹ population and imprisons human rights activists? We urge for the cancellation of all the agreements with the Indian government until the human rights activists are released and the hunt against the Adivasi peoples, Dalits, religious minorities population and Kashmir, Manipuri people is stopped.

We also demand 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.

Sincerely yours,

MEP María Lídia Senra

MEP Ángela Vallina

MEP Paloma López

MEP Julie Ward

MEP Merja Killonen

MEP Ana Gomes

MEP Clara Aguilera

MEP Ciprian Tănăsescu

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Chhattisgarh BJP leader killed by Naxalites with ax-knife in front of family members

Neelkanth Kakkem along with his family had gone to native village Pekaram on Sunday to see the preparations his sister-in-law’s wedding.

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Chhattisgarh BJP leader killed by Naxalites with ax-knife in front of family members

BJP’s Mandal President Neelkanth Kakkem was killed brutally in Bijapur, Chhattisgarh, on Sunday. Reports claim that Naxalites brutally killed the BJP leader while he was returning from his native village along with his family members. Meanwhile case has been registered at Awapalli police station.

If reports are to be belived then the Naxalites stopped BJP leader’s vehicle on the way. After this, a group killed Kakkem with an ax and knife in front of his family members. After this they fled into the forest. The Small Action Group of Naxalites has carried out the incident.

According to the information, Usur BJP Mandal President of Bijapur, identified as Neelkanth Kakkem along with his family went to his native village Pekaram on Sunday to see the preparations for the marriage of his sister-in-law. This area comes in the extreme Naxalite affected area. Later, everyone was returning to Awapalli around 3 pm. Meanwhile, the Naxalites surrounded him on the way, got him down from his car and killed him by continuously attacking him with ax and knife, and later escaped from there.

BJP leader was active in politics for 30 years

Neelkanth Kakkem was in politics for almost 30 years. He was a strong leader of the Bhartiya Janta Party at the local level and for the last 15 years was handling the work of BJP Mandal President. He was also the former Janpad Panchayat member. The incident took place at Pekaram, about eight kilometers from Awapalli police station. Due to this there is an atmosphere of panic was noticed among the people. The incident has been confirmed by Bijapur SP.

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IND vs AUS: Team India in action for Border Gavaskar Trophy, Coach Rahul Dravid talks about Nagpur training camp | Watch

This series is very important for India in terms of the World Test Championship final.

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IND vs AUS: Team India in action for Border Gavaskar Trophy, Coach Rahul Dravid talks about Nagpur training camp | Watch

There are only a few days left for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy between India and Australia. The 4-match Test series is starting on February 9. At the same time, under the leadership of Rohit Sharma, Team India is sweating profusely at Nagpur in nets. The first Test match against Australia will be played at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur.

Indian head coach Rahul Dravid shared the things related to the team before the series, which was shared by the BCCI from its official Twitter account. Dravid said that the pitch was really good, the fielding side is also good. Dravid also reminded that catching catches will be an important part of the series.

“We are focusing a lot on slip catching. We had some really long sessions. I think it’s very exciting as a coaching staff. You don’t get time off for camps or for extended periods, where you can work with players and coach effectively. I am glad that it all came together very well which we will finish with all our hard work,” said head coach Rahul Dravid.

Team India is sweating it out at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur. Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, all the players of the India vs New Zealand series are practicing hard in the nests. During this, chief Rahul Dravid and batting coach Vikram Rathor were constantly seen with the team.

Important series in terms of WTC final

This series is very important for India in terms of the World Test Championship final. India is currently at number two in the World Test Championship points table while Australia is at number one. Team India is in excellent form at present, they have won all the series in the year 2023 by performing well in the recent white ball series. Significantly, Team India has not lost any Test series at home since 2012. Hence, they would want ton continue the winning streak and make it to the World Test Championship finals.

IND vs AUS: Team India squad for the first two Tests

Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KS Bharat (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), R Ashwin, Akshar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj , Umesh Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat and Suryakumar Yadav.

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Men brandish guns, dances at Ghaziabad elevated road, video goes viral, police takes cognizance | Watch

The video also shows the men consuming liquor as they continue to dance and brandish guns on the elevated road. The video also shows the SUV they were travelling with.

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A video has come to light from Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad where men can be seen brandishing guns as they dance on the on busy highway. According to reports, the men were reportedly on the Ghaziabad elevated road where they recorded dancing and brandishing guns.

After the video of the incident went viral, the police took cognizance of the issue and were able to trace down the culprits.

Two videos of the incident have come to light, in the first one the men can be seen driving the car with a gun as they fire it subsequently after some time. In the second video, the men can be seen dancing and brandishing the guns on the elevated road.

The video also shows the men consuming liquor as they continue to dance and brandish guns on the elevated road. The video also shows the SUV they were travelling with.

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Police actions

After the video went viral, the police took cognizance of the video and swiftly launched an investigation. The police were successful in nabbing down the culprits and found out that the car was registered under the name of Raja Chowdhary. According to reports Chowdhary is a resident of Chiranjeevi Vihar.

The police have registered a case against the man under needful charges and are probing the case further.

Another incident

Another incident story also came to light from Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad where a man can be seen performing stunts on the elevated road of Ghaziabad. According to reports, after the video was posted by the man on his social media, the police took swift actions and reprimanded the man.

In the video, a modified Wagon R car with tinted windows can be seen performing stunts on the elevated highway road. In the video, the driver can also be seen opening the door while driving and posing for the camera.

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