• Wednesday, December 06, 2023


Arrest of Indian rights activists sparks outrage

Indian human rights activists Gautam Navlakha (TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP/Getty Images)

By: Keerthi Mohan

Indian police arrested five outspoken lawyers and left-wing activists during raids across the country on Tuesday (28) that drew condemnation from opposition parties and rights watchdogs who said it was a crackdown on critics of the government. Police said the five had been detained for their links to Maoist militants, but Rahul Gandhi, head of the main opposition Congress party, said the government just wanted to “jail all activists”. Rights groups and media reports named the five as communist poet Varavara Rao, human rights lawyer Vernon Gonsalves, writer and lawyer Arun Ferreira, journalist and activist Gautam Navlakha, and trades unionist Sudha Bharadwaj. Police did not name the five but…

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