Release Haragopal, others, arrested for demanding release of top poet: AIFRTE

The All-India Forum for Right to Education ( AIFRTE), in a statement, has condemned the arrest of Prof G Haragopal, member of AIFRTE Presidium, Prof Katyayani and Venugopal, along with many others in Hyderabad by the Telangana police, while they were in an indoor meeting demanding the release of poet Varavara Rao and other intellectuals arrested recently.
Claiming that Rao and others were arrested on "totally false and trumped up charges", AIFRTE said, the new round of arrests" is most condemnale and represents a new low in the current political situation in India today."
AIFRTE in a statement said, "Not only are innocent persons incarcerated without proper cause or evidence, but even those who protest such insupportable confinement are now being treated like criminals in an attempt to stifle all democratic protests."
It added, "Evidently, the Telangana police went to the extent of even blocking all the roads leading to the meeting hall so that the information of this heinous act remained ‘hidden’ from the general public."
AIFRTE has demanded that "the arrested persons are immediately released without any charges whatsoever", and that the "fundamental right of assembly and freedom of expression guaranteed by the constitution be strictly adhered to in both letter and spirit."

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