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CPI condemns arrests of Civil Rights activists

Hyderabad, Aug.29 : The Communist Party of India today condemned serial raids across the country on homes of activists and public intellectuals — Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves, Gautam Navlakha, Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira — who are fighting for justice for Dalit, Adivasis and other marginalised sections of the society. These individuals are labelled as “Urban Naxalites”.

In a communique, CPI general secretary Sudhakar Reddy said the CPI believes that these raids are carried out to divert the attention of people from “Sanatan Sanstha” and their conspiracies to carry out serial bomb attacks on Eid and Ganesh Chaturthi as well as their involvement in the murder of Gauri Lankesh, Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and other rationalists.

After the Bhim Koregoan violence against Dalits, the BJP governments in Maharashtra and the Centre have used their different agencies to chalk out such a sinister plan to arrest these human rights activists by levelling false and cooked up charges and fabricated stories to link them with the Maoist movement. These attacks on democratic and civil rights activists expose once again the fascistic character of the present government.

 “This calls for the broader unity and actions of all secular, democratic and left forces to defend the constitutional rights of Indian citizens”, the CPI said and demanded immediate release of the arrested individuals and drop all false charges against them.

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