“Rage and Mourn”: Protests Across the Country in Response to Father Stan Swamy Death

BK undertrials have demanded a judicial inquiry in the institutional murder of Fr. Stan Swamy and that the Taloja jail superintendent Kaustubh Kurlekar

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With the news of the demise of tribal rights activist Father Stan Swamy on 5th July, under judicial custody in the Elgar Parishad case, masses all across the country, as well as many rights defenders globally, have expressed grief and anguish at the Modi regime for its murderous hounding of those who have been resisting its fascist rule. Following the funeral of Fr. Swamy which was live-streamed on YouTube for his family and well-wishers to witness, protests have erupted throughout the country.

Today, the other undertrials in the Bhima Koregaon-Elgar Parishad case who are lodged in Taloja Jail where earlier Fr. Swamy spent more than eight months, observed a one-day hunger strike to protest the institutional murder of Fr. Stan Swamy.

The protesting undertrials who are still awaiting their trial in the case to begin have accused the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the Superintendent of Taloja Jail Kaustubh Kurlekar for the death of Father Stan Swamy. The protesting undertrials also said that the NIA and Kaustubh Kurlekar never missed a single opportunity to harass Father Stan Swamy, whether it is the ghastly treatment inside the jail, the haste to transfer him back from the hospital to the jail, or even protesting against trivial things like a sipper, Dalit Camera reported.

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They will send across these demands which include filing of charges under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code against NIA officers and Taloja jail superintendent Kaustubh Kurlekar and a judicial inquiry into the institutional murder of Father Stan Swamy to the Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray through the Taloja Jail Administration.

Students, workers, artists, political leaders, rights organisations, and various civil society groups have come out on the streets demanding UAPA to be repealed and unconditional release of 15 other Elgar Parishad undertrials, many of whom have been suffering from ill-health in jail.

Protestors gathered in Jharkhand, the state where Fr. Stan Swamy lived before being incarcerated, demanding PM Modi’s resignation.

Protests were also organised by All India Progressive Women’s Association (AIPWA), Bhagat Singh Chhatra Morcha (BCM), PUCL, and other rights organisation against Fr. Swamy’s demise and against the Modi regime’s repression in Varanasi, which is the Lok Sabha constituency of PM Modi.

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People gathered at Chaitya Bhoomi in Maharashtra for protests organised by the various state-based organisation under the common banner of JAC Maharashtra.

Protests at the capital city of Patna in Bihar were addressed by CPIML’s MLA Mahboob Alam and politburo member Kavita Krishnan.

People gather to join protests against the death of Father Stan Swamy in Chandigarh.

People including the Christian nuns from local churches gathered for protests in Kolkata to burn the effigy of far-right leader PM Modi against the killing of Fr. Stan Swamy.

Protests were also held at Bengaluru and Delhi.

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Also Read: Institutional Murder of a Gentle Soul: Kin of BK-16 on Father Stan Swamy

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