Even as the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sent a notice to the Maharashtra government over crackdown on the alleged Maoist sympathisers, Major Gaurav Arya (Retd.) has said “whenever there’s an operation against Naxals, within 24 hours there are cases filed, fake violation of human rights cases are brought up,” adding, “so that the forces who are fighting against the Naxals lose the will to fight, getting meshed in all these legal cases and in fake human rights violations.”
Hitting out at the ‘Urban Naxals’ for providing cover to Naxals and their operations, Major Gaurav Arya (Retd.) said:
“Now, this is a very well-oiled and well-formed nexus. It is supported by certain intellectuals and NGOs and lawyers and the Naxals carry out their operations under the cover of these so-called Urban Naxals.”
Major Arya (Retd.) also lauded the crackdown of the Pune police, saying it is the right thing to do as by “cutting off the oxygen” itself, can the untoward incidents carried out by the Naxals be brought down.
“The tracking down of these Urban Naxals are the right thing to do as they’re the oxygen that actual Naxals need to carry out their operations. Once, you cut this oxygen, it is exactly what the NIA raids did to the stone pelters in Kashmir. Stone pelting has come down in Kashmir because they cut off the funding sources. This is what exactly must be done to the Urban Naxals,” said Major Gaurav Arya (Retd.).
A press release of the NHRC accused the police authorities of not properly following the “standard operating procedure in connection with these arrests,” adding, “which may amount to violation of their human rights.”
The Maharashtra government has reacted to the NHRC notice, ensuring a response and saying, “We have arrested these accused because we got evidence against them”.
Also, the Maharashtra Chief Secretary has briefed the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) over the crackdown, assuring to have strong evidence against those raided and detained.
Meanwhile, even as Gautam Navlakha and Sudha Bharadwaj have been put under house arrest, the other three detained by the Pune police, namely, Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, and Vernon Gonsalves will be produced before a Pune court.
The five people were detained on Tuesday by the Pune police in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence.