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Rahul says there is place for only one NGO in 'new India' and its RSS

"I defend the rights of everybody, more particularly human rights protesters", says Rahul Gandhi

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Rahul Gandhi, Congress
Rahul Gandhi

President on Tuesday hit out at the government over the arrest of prominent Left-wing activists for suspected links, saying that in the "new India", there was place for only one NGO -- the

The Maharashtra Police on Tuesday raided the homes of prominent Left-wing activists in several states and arrested at least five of them as part of a probe into the violence between Dalits and the upper caste Peshwas at Koregaon-Bhima village near Pune after an event called Elgar Parishad, or conclave, on December 31 last year.

"There is only place for one NGO in India and it's called the Shut down all other NGOs. Jail all activists and shoot those that complain. Welcome to the new India," Gandhi said in a tweet with the hashtag

Earlier, spokesperson Jaipal Reddy condemned the raids and arrests saying no human rights activists should be arrested without a case.
 

"I condemn those arrests in unqualified terms. No human rights activist should be arrested. For that matter, no Indian can be arrested without proper case.

"I defend the rights of everybody, more particularly human rights protesters. They are selfless NGOs, activists, who are obliged to fight the enveloping darkness of dictatorial tendencies," he told reporters when asked about the arrests of some activists by the Pune police.

Near simultaneous searches were carried out at the residences of prominent Telugu poet in Hyderabad, activists Vernon Gonzalves and Arun Farreira in Mumbai, trade union activist Sudha Bhardwaj in Faridabad, and civil liberties activist Gautam Navalakha in New Delhi.
 

Subsequently, Rao, Bhardwaj, Farreira, Gonzalves and Navalakha were arrested under IPC Section 153 (A), which relates to promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place or birth, residence, language and committing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony, said the official.

First Published: Tue, August 28 2018. 23:29 IST
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