Shillong: Meghalaya’s Thma U Rangli Juki (TUR) expressed ‘deep anguish’ over the death of Jesuit father Stan Swamy.

TUR leader Angel Rangad condoled the custodial death of Fr. Stan Swamy, an activist Jesuit priest, who worked for the cause of tribal rights and the rights of the marginalised in Jharkhand.

In a press release, TUR mentioned, “Hindutva Fascist BJP government arrested him on false charges as part of nationwide arrests of activists and intellectuals for a so-called Bhima-Koregaon conspiracy. Fr. Swamy who was living with Parkinson’s and age-related maladies was physically broken down by COVID infection in jail and his false incarceration is a testimony to the authoritarian nature of this government. His death while waiting for bail shows us, citizens, that for this government any democratic dissent is unacceptable and has to be brutally put down. Fr. Swamy knew this well.”

One of Fr. Stan Swamy’s last messages was “What is happening to me is not something unique, happening to me alone. It is a broader process that is taking place all over the country. We are all aware of how prominent intellectuals, lawyers, writers, poets, activists, student leaders – are all put in jail just because they have expressed their dissent… I am ready to pay the price whatever may it be.”

Rangad further mentioned, “TUR in this moment of anguish and pain resolves to oppose all instances of fascist authoritarianism and to carry forward the struggles of the oppressed and marginalised. TUR mourns in rage.”

Jesuit priest Stan Swamy, an accused in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case, has died, an official of a hospital where he was being treated informed the Bombay High Court on Monday.

Swamy, 84, died at 1.30 pm on Monday, Dr Ian D’Souza, director of the Holy Family Hospital in suburban Bandra, told the HC’s division bench of Justices S S Shinde and N J Jamadar.

The tribal rights activist was admitted to the private hospital on May 29 from the Taloja prison following the HC’s order on a petition filed by him, seeking medical attention as he was then suffering from COVID-19 and Parkinson’s disease.

D’Souza told the court that Swamy suffered a cardiac arrest early Sunday morning following which he was put on ventilator support.



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