Kolkata, October 17
A rally was taken out within the downtown Park Road space of Kolkata on Saturday as a part of the nationwide protests by rights teams and minority organisations in opposition to the arrest of aged tribal rights activist Father Stan Swamy by the NIA.
Round 100 individuals took half within the rally, organised by the Mom Teresa Worldwide Award Committee, demanding the quick launch of the 82-year-old Jesuit priest, who was arrested from his Ranchi residence and brought to Mumbai by the Nationwide Investigation Company (NIA) in reference to the Bhima-Koregaon case.
The rally was the primary public protest in West Bengal in opposition to the arrest of Father Stan Swamy.
It began from Bishop’s Home on Park Road and culminated at St Teresa’s statue on the Archbishop’s Home, slightly greater than a km away.
The contributors, together with college students and rights activists, carried placards denouncing the “undemocratic arrest of the aged man in essentially the most inhuman method”.
The vice-chancellor of St Xavier’s College, Father J Felix Raj, addressing the rally, mentioned, “From right here, we once more make our demand to the Authorities of India that Father Swamy be launched forthwith by the NIA”.
Swamy, he mentioned, has been working for the uplift of the poor tribals in Jharkhand for many years.
“He needs to be launched instantly on account of his superior age. In a rustic like India, which has the custom of displaying respect to the aged, the therapy to Father Swamy could be very unlucky,” he mentioned.
“In a secular nation like India, the arrest of such a persona is a blot on our democratic custom,” Father Raj mentioned.
Protests in opposition to the arrest will proceed, he added.
Father Stan Swamy was arrested by the central company from his Ranchi residence for his alleged involvement in inciting a mob to violence at Bhima-Koregaon close to Pune on January 1, 2018. He has been despatched to judicial custody until October 23. PTI