Elgar Case: Relatives Seek Release of Jailed Activists in Light of Pandemic, Writes to Maharashtra CM | India News
MUMBAI: Relatives of the jailed activists, charged in the case of links between Elgar Parishad and the Maoists, wrote a letter to Maharashtra Prime Minister Udhav Thackeray, requesting his release from prisons in light of the second wave of coronavirus.
The letter was signed by the relatives of 15 activists, including Anand Teltumbde, Gautam Navlakha, Stan Swamy, Sudha Bharadwaj, and Rona Wilson.
The man accused in the case is currently housed in Taloja Prison in neighboring Navi Mumbai, while the women on trial are in Byculla Prison in central Mumbai.
The letter said that the activists suffered from multiple health problems and that one of them, Jyoti Jagtap, tested positive for Covid-19.
Due to the pandemic, there has also been a disruption of usual communication channels, he said.
“The Supreme Court it has empowered state governments to form high-power committees, which could then decide on the release of prisoners in each state. We urge you to recommend to the committee that they release minors on provisional bail at least, “the letter read.
“We are all concerned for their safety in these desperate circumstances, where everyone is at risk. Therefore, we sincerely ask that you take the necessary and timely measures for the release of our families,” he added.
Meanwhile, University of Delhi assistant professor Hany Babu, one of the defendants in the Elgar parishad case, he was transferred to a hospital by prison authorities for his vision check on Wednesday.
Members of his family had said in a statement Tuesday that he was suffering from an acute eye infection and had sought appropriate medical treatment for him.
Elgar Parishad’s case relates to alleged incendiary speeches delivered at a conclave held in the city of Pune on December 31, 2017, which police say sparked violence the next day near the Koregaon-Bhima war memorial.
Pune police claimed that the conclave was backed by Maoists.
Later, the case was taken up by the National Investigation Agency (NIA)