Rahul Gandhi Joins Tribute For Father Stan Swamy


'He Deserved Justice...': Rahul Gandhi Joins Tribute For Father Stan Swamy

New Delhi:

Congress MPs Rahul Gandhi and Shashi Tharoor have been amongst dozens of political leaders, journalists and civil society members to mourn the demise of Stan Swamy – the 84-year-old activist arrested in reference to the Elgar Parishad case, and charged beneath draconian anti-terror legislation UAPA.

Widely seen as an icon combating for the rights of Jharkhand’s tribal populations, Stan Swamy had been recognized with Parkinson’s Disease earlier than being jailed, and contracted COVID-19 whereas in jail.

He had approached the courts repeatedly, complaining of insufficient well being amenities and neglect by jail officers in guaranteeing primary medical help, exams, hygiene and social distancing.

In May, Stan Swamy had informed the Bombay High Court that his well being had persistently declined, and that if the present state of affairs continued, he “would die soon”.

“Heartfelt condolences on the passing of Father Stan Swamy. He deserved justice and humaneness,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.

“Who in the apparatus of the Indian state will be held responsible for this tragedy? Make no mistake – it is the Indian state that killed Fr. Stan Swamy, who was such a passionate crusader for social justice,” Jairam Ramesh mentioned.

“Deeply pained & outraged at the death of Father Stan Swamy. A jesuit priest & social activist he tirelessly helped the marginalised. Draconian UAPA custody, inhuman treatment since October 2020 with no charge established. Accountability must be fixed for this murder in custody,” CPM chief Sitaram Yechury mentioned.

“This is nothing less than murder by the State of one of the gentlest & kindest men I have known. Unfortunately our judicial system is also complicit in this,” lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan mentioned.

“Father Stan Swamy, we as a country killed you. My head hangs in shame. Rest in peace Father, hero, champion of human rights,” journalist Rana Ayyub tweeted.

“84-year-old Jesuit Father #StanSwamy has passed away. Let us not talk about this as mere death. This is a judicial murder–and everyone is complicit: NIA, Modi- Shah, the judiciary that never saw the nonsense-upon-stilts which was Bhima Koregaon case, jails, ruling class & media,” Meena Kandasamy, a columnist with The New York Times and the Guardian, mentioned.

“Just heard that Father Stan Swamy passed away. The Indian Government and our insensitive Judiciary are responsible for all that he went through towards the end of his life,” award-winning Carnatic vocalist TM Krishna tweeted.

“The last I read about the octogenarian activist, the late Stan Swamy which made me tear up, was that he’d requested for a straw/sipper as he was unable to drink water due to Parkinson’s. And his request was denied! What a shame! What a shame!” actress Richa Chadha mentioned.

Stan Swamy, who labored with tribal communities in Jharkhand for over 5 a long time, was charged by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) with hyperlinks to Naxals, particularly the banned CPI (Maoists).

Last month, the NIA opposed his bail request; they mentioned there was no “conclusive proof” of his illnesses. The company alleged Stan Swamy was a Maoist who plotted to trigger unrest within the nation.

The Elgar Parishad case pertains to an occasion on December 31, 2017, at Koregaon-Bhima close to Pune, which was adopted by violence and arson that left one individual lifeless. 

Investigators declare that activists on the occasion made inflammatory speeches and provocative statements that led to the violence.

Stan Swamy was arrested from his house in Ranchi by a staff of NIA officers from Delhi. Several different outstanding activists have been additionally arrested, and have been jailed for over two years as they await a trial. 

Stan Swamy, who had many well being issues together with Parkinson’s, was the oldest to be arrested.


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