Father Stan Swamy's Death: 10 Opposition Leaders Write To President Kovind

INDIA Team Latestly|

A day after activist Stan Swamy's death in custody, senior opposition politicians, including Congress president Sonia Gandhi, NCP chief Sharad Pawar & Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee, have written to President Ram Nath Kovind. The leaders have demanded the release of all activists jailed in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon case. Stan Swamy, an 84-year-old priest-activist arrested under an anti-terror law in the Elgar Parishad case last year, died on July 5 in the middle of his fight for bail on health grounds. The Jesuit priest had been on a ventilator since July 4 when his health worsened. Apart from the three leaders, MK Stalin, Hemant Soren, HD Deve Gowda, Farooq Abdullah, Tejaswi Yadav, D Raja & Sitaram Yechury also signed the letter. The leaders alleged the activist had been jailed under "trumped up charges under the draconian UAPA" & had been denied treatment for his ailments including Parkinson's disease. The UN Human Rights body tweeted, “With COVID-19, it is even more urgent that States release every person detained without sufficient legal basis.” Watch the video to know more.

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