Stan Swamy: A Death of Freedom But Not The Voice


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The Bhima Koregaon/ Elgar Parishad case, Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) accused Stan Lourduswamy popularly known as Stan Swamy, passed away on July 5, 2021. The deceased was admitted to Mumbai's Holy Family Hospital on May 29 following his health deterioration due to a post-covid-19 ailment where he succumbed to pulmonary infection and post covid complication.


WHO WAS STAN SWAMY?


STAN SWAMY was a Jesuit priest and a human rights activist from Jharkhand, who immensely fought against the indiscriminate outlook of people towards the tribal community. He had also served as the director of the Indian Social Institute, Bengaluru. The 84-year-old was the oldest to have been accused of the anti-terror law in the country and was charged by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on the grounds of inciting violence through his inflammatory speech at a conclave held in Pune on December 31, 2017, and also, for being a member of the CPI(Maoist).


WHAT IS Bhima Koregaon / Elgar Parishad Case?

A day before the Bhima Koregaon commemoration on January 1, many Dalits and various social activists gathered on December 31, 2017, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the battle where MAHAR Dalit soldiers fought for the British against the Brahmin Peshwa ruler and defeated them and this event leads to the end of Maratha rule. On following that, the next day backlash erupted between the Mahars and Maratha in the same place where stones were pelted, which caused the death of a 28-year-old boy who was not even a part of the conclave. In response to the situation, various Dalit leaders marched a protest at several sites causing road blockage.

STORY AFTER THIS INCIDENT


After the incident, an investigation was carried out which claimed Hindutva leaders Milind Ekbote and Sambhaji Bhide to be the prime accused initially, but later they were set free stating that the violence was framed by the activist and human rights lawyer who attended the program. On April 22, 2018, the prima facie of the violence, a 19-year-old Dalit girl who lost her house in the violence, was found dead inside a well. In relation to this case, many eminent leaders were arrested and were declared house arrest by the Supreme Court (SC). later, it was stated that the case has been now shifted towards the political linkage of these leaders with Maoists.


In January 2020, the case was handed over to NIA, which filed 10,000+ charge sheets with fresh names including Stan Stamy. Accusing him of possessing incriminating documents, propaganda material on his computer that meant a connection with Maoists. But, at a press conference, his family and friends stated to chair an independent inquiry into the possession as the evidence found from one of the accused Roma Wilson, which was sent by the Mumbai police to US-based Digital Consultant Arsenal Consulting for the probe was alleged with illegal insertion by the hackers into her computer.

NIA BEHAVIOUR TOWARDS STAN SWAMY


Due to health deterioration when he filed a petition for interim bail, his bail was rejected by NIA special court several times. He was even not offered the Straw and Sipper when he claimed he was a Parkinson's patient and was facing difficulty while drinking water. He was not even provided with basic medical facilities while he was infected with covid-19. The outrage MR. Swamy faced is a very disgraceful act by NIA despite being aware of his age. He was even told to bear all the expenses of his health after being admitted to a hospital. Sadly, he passed away experiencing such inhumane treatment by our administration.



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