Pune : A massive rally organised in New Delhi for the release of the pro-Dalit activists detained in Pune in June under the draconian Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) got a big boost from Booker winner Arundhati Roy asserting that such suppression of those raising voice will go on until the Modi government is ousted from power.

She pointed out that these activists were put behind the bars since they were mobilising the Dalits against the RSS leaders who instigated violence against them for organising a rally at Bhima-Koregao to celebrate their victory over the Peshwas.

Arundhati warned that the ruling BJP is trying to create a communal divide, taking advantage of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) excluding over 40 lakh as if they were infiltrators and foreigners.

“The next few days will be very dangerous. What they have started from Assam will be brought to Bengal and Delhi. They will decide who is a real Indian; the rest won’t get rice or a vote or Aadhaar,” she warned.

She went on to assert that “those who kill thousands in the country now sit in Parliament and so our task is not just to defeat them but to send them to jail.”

Several anti-establishment organisations came together to hold the rally on Friday and called for unity to oust the BJP while demanding the release of political prisoners in custody in Pune who have been slapped with charge of instigating violence. The rally organised by the far Left outfits, Ambedkarite and human rights groups in the capital was to demand the release of Rona Wilson, spokesperson for the Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners, Sudhir Dhawale, editor of Marathi fortnightly Vidrohi, lawyer Surendra Gadling, academic Shoma Sen, Rural Development Fellow Mahesh Raut, Bhim Army leader Chandrashekhar Azad, CPI-ML Red Star”s Alik Chakraborty and others.

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