Houses of human rights activists raided, followed by arrests in Ranchi, Pune, Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad

Sudha Bharadwaj, well-known human rights lawyer, in a statement has said that from 6 am onwards the Maharasthra police, coming all the way, started raiding and searching tribal rights leader Father Stan Swamy's place in Ranchi in Chhattisgarh. The cops confiscated computers, laptop, CDs, papers and books. He was also quizzed about some organisations in Maharasthtra.
This was followed by a message that Maharashtra cops simultaneously raiding human rights activists Arun Ferreira and Susan Abraham's and Vernon Gonsalvez's residences in Mumbai, Gautam Navlakha's house in Delhi, Anand Teltumbde's house in Goa. Houses of human rights defenders in Hyderabad and Delhi, including that of a journalist, were also raided.
Following the raids, Bharadwaj and five other human rights defenders -- Vernon Gonsalves, Gautam Navlakha, Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, Kranthi Tekula -- were arrested allegedly under pretext of investigating Bhima Koregaon incident late last year in Pune, which turned into caste violence. They have all been charged of "Maoist involvement".

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