Meet the five human rights activists detained in the Bhima Koregaon violence case

Published: 30th August 2018 05:11 PM  |   Last Updated: 30th August 2018 07:15 PM  

Five activists were arrested and have been put on house-arrest till September 6 for alleged links with Maoists. They were charged under an anti-terror law after their names emerged during the Pune Police's investigation in the Bhima-Koregaon violence. IN PIC: (Clockwise) Sudha Bharadwaj was arrested in Faridabad, Arun Ferreira in Mumbai, Writer Vara Vara Rao from Hyderabad, Journalist Gautam Navlakha from New-Delhi and 61-Year old Vernon Gonsalves from Mumbai.
Human rights lawyer Sudha Bharadwaj is an IIT-Kanpur graduate and has been vocal on land acquisition rights since joining Niyogi’s Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha in 1986. According to a report by News18, Sudha Bhardawaj has worked extensively as a tribal rights activist against illegal land acquisition for almost three decades, worked with Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS)as a member and legal advisor. As a lawyer, she has represented the oppressed and poor, fought for the rights of communities in mining areas. She is also a member of People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL). She has been kept under house-arrest till September 6 for her alleged links to Naxals . (Youtube Screenshot)
Cartoonist and activist Arun Ferreira is a St. Xaviers College alumnus. Nagpur police had arrested him in 2007 for alleged connections with Naxals after which he was released on bail in 2011. After his acquittal in 2014 he pursued law from Siddharth Law College. (Photo | PTI)
Vara Vara Rao
P Varavara Rao is a revolutionary writer, poet, journalist and activist from Telangana, India. He has a masters in Telugu literature from Osmania University. To express his views via literature he founded the literary group ‘Saahithee Mithrulu’ or friends of literature which published the journal 'Srujana' in 1966. He is also the founder of Virasam (Revolutionary Writer's association) and travelled all over Andhra Pradesh to address several meetings. He was first arrested by the Andhra Pradesh Government in 1973 and again in 1973 before the proclamation of emergency. (Photo | PTI)
Journalist and civil-rights activist Gautam Navlakha has been actively involved with the People's Union for Democratic Rights. He writes for the Economic and Political Weekly. His article ' Kashmir – Cry my beloved country' talks of the human rights violations in Kashmir. The separatist leaders in Jammu and Kashmir have come out in support and appreciation of Gautam's efforts. (Youtube Screenshot)
vernon gonsalves
Vernon Gonsalves is a 61-year old activist who has worked in some of the prominent colleges. According to Quint, he was arrested by Maharashtra's Anti-Terror squad alleging that he was a 'top-level' Naxalite in 2007. He was convicted under various sections of UAPA and Arms Act by Mumbai Court. He has been writing on Dalit issues with Arun Ferreira prior to their arrest. (Photo | FB)
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