Kasargod: Catholic Sabha holds silent protest demanding Fr Stan Swamy's release


Daijiworld Media Network - Kasargod (SB)

Kasargod, Jan 3: A silent protest to express solidarity with Fr Stan Swamy demanding his release from jail led by Catholic Sabha, Kasargod deanery was held on the afternoon of Sunday, January 3 at Seethangoli and Uppala junctions.

Leading the protest Wilfred Manohar Crasta, president Catholic Sabha, Kasargod deanery said, "Fr Stan Swamy is the pioneer of education in the tribal regions of Jharkhand and Bihar. He lived for the poor and worked to bring them forward in society. He has raised his voice against the exploitation of Dalits and other backward communities. Being an educationalist he provided them with education and gave their villages a new dimension. The selfless service of Fr Stan did not sit well with those who are against the upliftment of the backward tribes. These have people have succeeded in their task by accusing him in the Bhima-Koregaon riots and accusing him of having links with Maoists. The government, in this case, has arrested educationalists and activists. Police have also failed to secure any proof against them but still, they are in jail. This is condemnable and we have the right to protest against such undemocratic moves of the government."

Addressing the protesters Sudheer Master, activists and educationalists said, "We are gathered here to know the reason behind the arrest of Fr Stan Swamy who has educated thousands of tribal children in northern parts of India. Fr Stan Swamy who was born in Tamil Nadu worked as a religious missionary in Karnataka and in parts of Bihar and Jharkhand. Three months back NIA arrested him from a village near Ranchi. This shocked all of us who know Fr Stan and his contributions to society. He has always stood for justice and believes in national integrity. He dreamt of an educated India and believes in working for the development of villages. Now, the government has booked him on false allegations and put him behind bars."

The arrest of Fr Stan Swamy and other intellectuals against the constitution and the word  ‘Satyameva Jayate’ which is written on our ‘Ashoka Stambha’. By arresting these people the government wants to send an indirect message to all social workers and those involved in social reforms. In a democratic country, it is not acceptable and we should raise our voice against this. I salute the people gathered here to show solidarity with Fr Stan and others. This is the start and we will not stop here. In upcoming days we will protest in large numbers until the release of Fr Stan.” He added.

Fr John Vas, vicar forane, Kasargod, Fr J B Crasta, and hundreds of supporters participated in the protest. Raju Stephan Kumbla, nominated president, Catholic Sabha, Mangaluru, Fr Francis, Babu Thomas, retired police inspector, Yesu Prasad, Raj Kumar led the protest at Uppala.

 

  

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  • martin, bantwal

    Mon, Jan 04 2021

    FEKU govt paranoid with fear .. a nation of 12 million strong army.. & atleast on paper can fight with chinese with 5 Rafale jets !!

    with all the security apparatus is scared of one 80+ year old Parkinson deceased person who cant even hold a spoon is utterly laughable & disgusting.
    ONLY motive here is he's CHRISTIAN.. doing great work among the tribals.. so RSS/BJP which wants tribals to be dislodged & property they've to be given to ambani/adany at throw away price.

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri

    Mon, Jan 04 2021

    protests are held in distant Kasargod, Kerala state

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri

    Mon, Jan 04 2021

    Has the Marxists in Kasargod district, pressured ???

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Mon, Jan 04 2021

    This kind of protest has to be held all over India at the same time and same day. Why only Kasargod protesting as if no Christians are else where. Nowadays communication is free and such protest can be arranged within 10 days if our religious leaders join hands together.

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  • Dylan, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 04 2021

    It is an ongoing process, till Fr. Stan Swamy is released.

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Mon, Jan 04 2021

    It is Emergency Like situation in India since 2014. Arresting a person and lodging in jail without any proof and charges but purely on the basis of concocted allegations by a reputed security agency NIA is a gross violation of rights and high handedness of the govt.

    Fr Stan Swamy is a selfless social worker in remote villages of India and has number of govt recognized accomplishments to his credit. This is the true face of communal BJP opposite to its monkey Ba’ath.

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri

    Mon, Jan 04 2021

    Dude !!! This Sherlock Holmes thrilling mystery, has to be demystified...

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  • Alwyn, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 04 2021

    Any person who gives life for a needy person should not be treated in a bad way. I Hope the Indian Government will understand this and release Fr. Stan Swamy unconditional way. If God-fearing person treated in a wrong way then Almighty will come to judge, and God's judgement will be the truth and just.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Jan 04 2021

    Fr Stan Swamy (84 years) suffers from Parkinson's disease apart from other age related morbidities.
    He has fallen multiple times while in Prison ...

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  • Sanjay, Hebri

    Mon, Jan 04 2021

    Why worry?

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  • Al Dsouza, Canada

    Mon, Jan 04 2021

    Sanjay one of your parent was treated this way you will just keep silently? Buddy love people help the poor then become a blind follower of ignorant humans.

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  • Francis, Dubai

    Mon, Jan 04 2021

    ‘Satyameva Jayate’, which is written on our ‘Ashoka Stambha’.

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  • Ina Carmelita D'Souza, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 04 2021

    Why a man of God, a priest whose service is love God and love your neighbor should be imprisoned for the work he undertook for humanity?


    "Fr Stan Swamy is the pioneer of education in the tribal regions of Jharkhand and Bihar.

    He lived for the poor and worked to bring them forward in society. He has raised his voice against the exploitation of Dalits and other backward communities. Being an educationalist he provided them with education and gave their villages a new dimension. The selfless service of Fr Stan did not sit well with those who are against the upliftment of the backward tribes. These have people have succeeded in their task by accusing him in the Bhima-Koregaon riots and accusing him of having links with Maoists. The government, in this case, has arrested educationalists and activists. Police have also failed to secure any proof against them but still, they are in jail. This is condemnable and we have the right to protest against such undemocratic moves of the government."

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Jan 04 2021

    Sanjay, Hebri
    Asaram Bapu also has similar Problems ...

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  • Ajay Rebello, Kallianpur

    Mon, Jan 04 2021

    The entire naxal-maoist movement was born out of oppression by upper castes, they have worn the coat of the sheep just for legitimacy but their motives are still the same - power and money. Any opposition is anti-national. In any other state these protesters themselves would be behind bars for anti-national activities.

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