A couple of days after Maoist sympathiser Arun Ferreira alleged that he was getting beaten up by the cops in the judicial custody, Amnesty India has released a statement on this matter, criticizing the Pune police for their actions.
Taking to Twitter to express its views, Amnesty India has called the alleged beating up of Arun Ferreria as attack on the human rights defender while asking the Maharashtra government to conduct investigations in to the same.
"Arun Ferreira’s submission before a Pune court that he was hit on his face repeatedly by the Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Shivaji Pawar on 4 November is alarming. This raises serious questions about the government’s treatment of human rights defenders. The authorities must conduct a prompt, thorough and impartial investigation into his allegations," said Asmita Basu, Programmes Director at Amnesty India.
Earlier this month, the Pune police had filed an affidavit in front of the judicial commission in relation to the Bhima-Koregaon violence case, wherein they named Jignesh Mewani, Umar Khalid, Sudhir Dhawale and members of Kabir Kala Manchas in the documents, accusing them of giving out hate speeches before the violence took place.
It is reported that the named individuals had given out inflammatory speeches, and had said that 'We had demolished Peshwayi in the past, now we have to demolish the New Peshwayi'. The cops gave out the names of the individuals and contents of their speeches to the commission, before adding that they are investigating the speeches.
All of this stems up after the cops conducted multi-city raids across the country in August, which resulted in the detention of Varavara Rao, Vernon Gonsalves, Sudha Bharadwaj, Gautam Navlakha and Arun Ferreira.