Bhima Koregaon violence: Left parties to stage protest at Jantar Mantar against activists' arrest

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New Delhi:

Left parties across India, on Thursday, will stage agitation at the historic Jantar Mantar, New Delhi, to protest against the Centre's 'unethical crackdown' on five right activists, who were detained over their alleged connection with Bhima-Koregaon violence in Maharashtra on January 1.

"There will be a protest at Jantar Mantar on Thursday by the Left and all progressive groups against the unethical crackdown," Communist Party of India (Marxist) General secretary Sitaram Yechury told ANI.

Left-wing parties along with several eminent personalities have been protesting the country-wide raids by the Pune police, terming it a brazen attack on democratic rights and civil liberties.

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On Wednesday, a group of activists moved the Supreme Court, asking an immediate stay on their arrest. The CPI(M) has also urged the court to withdraw the cases against the activists and release them immediately.

Later in the day, the apex court ordered to keep the activists under house arrest till September 6, 2018, saying dissent was the "safety valve of democracy". They have also issued a notice to the Maharashtra police, seeking a response from the government by then.

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