Coming out against the raids conducted by the police on the homes of various civil rights and human rights activists and Left intellectuals, The CPI(M) alleged that false charges have been levelled and the draconian Unlawful Activities Prevention Act invoked.
The raids in Mumbai, Delhi, Ranchi, Goa and Hyderabad have led to the arrests of activists like Sudha Bharadwaj, Varavara Rao and Gautam Navlakha. The police have also taken away laptops, mobiles and other personal papers from the homes of those raided, the CPM said in a statement.
Ever since the Bhima Koregoan violence against Dalits, the Maharashtra Police along with central agencies have been targeting dalit rights activists and lawyers who have been taking up their cases, the party alleged. False charges have been levelled and the draconian Unlawful Activities Prevention Act invoked, the CPM said.
“These constitute a brazen attack on democratic rights and civil liberties. The Polit Bureau demands the withdrawal of the cases against these activists and their immediate release,” the party said.