Chief Judicial Magistrate, Faridabad on Wednesday, 29 August recalled the remand issued against activist Sudha Bharadwaj’s transit, allowing her to be kept under house arrest at her home in Badarpur border till 30 August. Bharadwaj was taken into custody by the Pune police despite the court order against it.

Maharashtra police on Tuesday, 28 August raided the homes of prominent Left-wing activists in several states and arrested at least five of them for suspected Maoist links, sparking a chorus of outraged protests from human rights defenders.

Near simultaneous searches were carried out at the residences of prominent Telugu poet Varavara Rao in Hyderabad, activists Vernon Gonzalves and Arun Farreira in Mumbai, trade union activist Sudha Bhardwaj in Faridabad, and civil liberties activist Gautam Navalakha in New Delhi, a senior police official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Police Tried Taking Sudha Bharadwaj to the Airport Despite Court Order: Vrinda Grover

Vrinda Grover, while speaking to the media said that the police tried to take Sudha Bharadwaj to the airport despite the court order.

“Despite the order having reached the SHO of Surajkund and Inspector Shinde of the Pune police, it was shocking that the police still tried to take her to the airport,” said Grover.

Sudha Bharadwaj To Be Kept Under Hose Arrest till 30 August: CJM

Chief Judicial Magistrate, Faridabad recalled the transit remand issued earlier. Sudha Bharadwaj will be kept under house arrest at her home in Badarpur border.

Complete Violation of Court Order: Sudha Bharadwaj’s Lawyer

Sudha Bharadwaj’s lawyer, while addressing the media, said that she was taken into custody despite court’s order against it.

“Transit bail application was dismissed. Had informed CJM that HC in Chandigarh intervened and passed interim order that Pune police won’t take her under custody and she’ll be under house arrest for three days. The matter will once again be taken up before the High Court in Chandigarh after three days. Still, the Pune police arrested her, it’s a complete violation of the order of the High Court,” said the lawyer.

Police Recovers Maoist’s Letter Hailing Varavara Rao’s Guidance

A letter purportedly written by a Maoist leader and seized by the police in April this year hails prominent Telugu poet Varavara Rao for his alleged “guidance” in various Naxal activities in the country.

The letter in question was part of a bunch of documents seized by the Pune police during the searches at the premises of five people arrested in June this year for alleged links with Maoists. The searches were carried out in different parts of the country in April.

The letter written in Hindi by one comrade named Milind, hails Rao, described as a “senior comrade”, and advocate Surendra Gadling for their “guidance” in carrying out Naxal activities in various parts of the country.

Court Stays Sudha Bhardwaj’s Transit Remand

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday stayed the transit remand of activist Sudha Bhardwaj, who was arrested from Faridabad after the Maharashtra Police raided the homes of prominent Left-wing activists in several states for their suspected Maoist links.

Justice Arvind Singh Sangwan heard the habeas corpus writ petition, advocate Ankit Agarwal said.

Arrests Shouldn’t be Politically Motivated: Maharashtra Congress

The government must take action against culprits but its steps should not be politically motivated, the Maharashtra Congress said on the arrest of five prominent Left-wing activists on Tuesday.

“Truth must come out before the people. The government must go to the root of the issue. Culprits, if there are any, should be caught. But the action should not be politically motivated,” Maharashtra Congress general secretary Sachin Sawant said.

Social Activist Sten Swami’s Residence Raided

A police team from Maharashtra on Tuesday raided social activist Sten Swami’s residence here and seized his computer in connection with the probe into the Bhima-Koregaon violence, a police officer said.

The eight-member Pune Police team questioned Swami, seized his computer, mobile phone and several documents from his residence, Superintendent of Police (Rural) Ajit Peter Dungdung said. The team was assisted by the state police and the inquiry was on, he said.

Swami is known to be close to the Left political party CPI-ML (Liberation).

Brazen Attack on Democratic Rights: Sitaram Yechury

Condemning the police raids on prominent Left-wing activists in several states, the CPI(M) on Tuesday accused the BJP-led Centre of “attacking the democratic rights of people” in a bid to shield the real culprits of Koregaon-Bhima violence.

“This is a brazen attack on democratic rights and liberties. The BJP government is desperately trying to protect the culprits by harassing civil and human rights activist. This is very dangerous trend for our democracy,” CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury told reporters in Kolkata.

Human Rights Activist Anand Teltumbde’s Residence Raided

Human rights activist Anand Teltumbde, whose house was searched by the Maharashtra police as part of multi-city raids, said he was not even remotely connected to the allegations levelled against him.

Sources in the Goa police said a team from the Maharashtra police searched Teltumbde’s residence in Sankhalim village,40km from here, today, but left soon as he was not at home.

Asked to comment on the police action, Teltumbde, a professor of data analytics at the Goa Institute of Management (GIM), said he is not even remotely connected to the allegations levelled against him.

“What reaction shall I give to you? There is nothing,” he said.

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