Modi under fire, activists arrested across cities

Modi under fire, activists arrested across cities

On Tuesday, the Maharashtra police conducted simultaneous raids across Mumbai, Hyderabad, New Delhi and other cities on the houses of human rights activists, lawyers and others who are described as anything from intellectuals to Maoist sympathizers.  From Hyderabad, Varavara Rao was arrested, his family members said.  In other cities, Gautam Navlakha, Sudha Bhardwaj, Arun Ferreira and Vernon Gonsalves were arrested, drawing flak from critics.

As soon as the raids came to light, many intellectuals said that the crackdown is an assault on the idea of human rights.  The critics of Narendra Modi feel that it is nothing but "undeclared emergency" in operation.  They are crying vendetta politics and alleging that the "link to a plot to assassinate the PM" is flimsy.

On the other hand, pro-Government voices are of the view that "overground Maoist sympathizers" should be dealt without fear or favour.