Greater than 400 college students, school members, and alumni from numerous science and know-how institutes within the nation have signed a petition to the Central authorities, the Nationwide Human Rights Fee (NHRC), and Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde, demanding bail and medical take care of Varavara Rao and GN Saibaba, who’re in jail for his or her alleged Communist Get together of India (CPI)-Maoist hyperlinks, and the discharge of different political prisoners.
Rao (81), an acclaimed Telugu poet and a human rights activist, is booked within the Elgar Parishad/Bhima Koregaon case and is present process therapy at Nanavati Tremendous Speciality Hospital in Mumbai after he had examined coronavirus illness (Covid-19) optimistic in July.
Saibaba, who’s 90% bodily handicapped, is a Delhi College (DU) professor and was convicted in 2017 together with 5 others for his or her hyperlinks with Left-wing extremist (LWE) organisations and for waging conflict in opposition to India.
The petition, signed by the researchers and scientists from numerous Indian Institutes of Expertise (IITs), Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and Indian Institutes of Science Schooling and Analysis (IISERs), makes three particular calls for.
The petitioners are looking for quick and correct medical therapy and bail for Rao and Saibaba.
The petitioners are looking for the discharge of all political prisoners arrested within the Elgar Parishad/Bhima Koregaon case in Maharashtra and anti-Citizenship (Modification) Act (CAA), 2019, protests in New Delhi following a spike in Covid-19 instances in prisons throughout the nation.
They’re additionally looking for the repeal of the draconian Illegal Actions (Prevention) Modification Act (UAPAA), 2019.
“The federal government, in a bid to stifle dissent, is utilizing the pandemic as a possibility to arrest political activists similar to Dr. Anand Teltumbde, Gautam Navlakha, Dr. Kafeel Khan, and Pinjra Tod activists Natasha and Devangana. They’ve been arrested, as they had been lively within the anti-CAA protests,” mentioned a researcher from IIT-Bombay and a signatory to the petition.
“The federal government is placing their lives at grave danger amid a spike in Covid-19 instances in prisons,” he mentioned.
Delhi Police had arrested college students of Jamia Milia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim College following the communal riots in north-east Delhi in February and in the course of the anti-CAA protests final 12 months.
Pregnant Jamia pupil Safoora Zargar and IIT-Bombay alumnus Sharjeel Imam are among the many outstanding activists, who’ve been arrested by Delhi Police.
Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita, each college students of Jawaharlal Nehru College (JNU), had been slapped with the stringent UAPAA, 2019, which empowers the federal government to take motion in opposition to actions which can be in opposition to the integrity and sovereignty of the nation.
“We are able to clearly see that the federal government is repeatedly attacking activists, writers, poets, legal professionals, college students, and professors, who’re vital of its anti-people agenda. As socially-conscious residents related to among the finest establishments of our nation, it’s our responsibility to make our society extra equitable. We should elevate our voice in solidarity to demand the discharge of all political prisoners,” learn the petition.