Scientists rise against Elgaar crackdown -GS Mudur

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-The Telegraph

In a statement, they have also drawn attention to the NIA’s decision to summon Partha Sarathi Ray, a scientist at the IISER, Calcutta, who, they said, has never visited the site of the violence

More than 1,000 scientists and scholars have expressed concern over the National Investigation Agency’s actions on the Bhima-Koregaon violence in 2018, saying the agency appears to be using the probe to crack down on citizens critical of the government.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the scientists and scholars have also drawn attention to the NIA’s decision to summon Partha Sarathi Ray, a scientist at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Calcutta, who, they said, has never visited the site of the violence.

They said the NIA, instead of investigating those responsible for the actual violent clashes in Bhima-Koregaon, had focused on the Elgaar Parishad event, a large cultural and political gathering where the main organisers were two eminent retired judges.

“In this process, investigating agencies have arrested several illustrious citizens — including academics, lawyers and prominent activists,” the statement said. “Most of the individuals taken into custody were not even present at the Elgaar Parishad event. So it is unlikely the government will secure a conviction in this case.”

However, by using the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), the government has prevented those who have been arrested from obtaining bail, the researchers said.

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The Telegraph, 10 September, 2020, https://www.telegraphindia.com/india/scientists-rise-against-elgaar-crackdown/cid/1791491?fbclid=IwAR17YSR7qb1_QY43unxhHkJewNhEF8QvOqpbazDkpjzPHi2I6WXshGV8itc


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