Tuesday, April 23, 2024

It is the Indian State that killed Stan Swamy: Congress leader Jairam Ramesh

Senior Congress politician and former Union minister Jairam Ramesh MP accused the Indian State of killing renowned activist Father Stan Swamy who was arrested under draconian UAPA in the Elgar Parishad case last year and breathed his last on Monday after his health deteriorated further early Sunday.

“Who in the apparatus of the Indian state will be held responsible for this tragedy? Make no mistake — it is the Indian state that killed Fr. Stan Swamy, who was such a passionate crusader for social justice” Jairam Ramesh tweeted.

Stan Swamy was being treated at the Holy Family Hospital in Mumbai, following a court order on May 28. Last week, Stan Swamy had filed a fresh plea for bail in the High Court, challenging a section of the draconian Unlawful UAPA that imposes stringent conditions for bail to an accused charged under the Act.

Swamy who was arrested at 83 years of age in the Bhima Koregaon case, was kept in prison for almost a year despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

He was also tested for coronavirus in jail and was taken to hospital only after a legal battle of several months.

He had Parkinson’s disease and had been experiencing worsening tremors and stiffness. He suffered from hearing loss in both ears, had undergone two hernia operations, and had intense pain due to lumbar spondylosis.

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