Stan Swamy laid to rest in Bandra church

Mumbai Jul 6 (IANS): The funeral of Jesuit priest and tribal rights activist Father Stan Lourduswamy, who passed away while in custody on Monday, was solemnly performed at a Bandra church here on Tuesday afternoon.

Church officials said a special memorial mass was held at the St. Peter's Church, Bandra, but owing to Covid protocols, only 20 mourners were present, besides a large posse of police force outside the church.

However, Catholic volunteers, rights activists and other mourners stood in small groups at intervals, fighting back tears, carrying posters or placards with slogans in support of Swamy and condemning the government.

Suffering from multiple health issues, Stan Swamy, 84, died at a private hospital while in the custody of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA). He was awaiting bail from the Bombay High Court, but it didn't materialise.

A well-known tribal rights activist, Stan Swamy was arrested by the NIA in connection with the probe into the events preceding and after the January 2018 Bhima-Koregaon caste riots.

The activist-priest's death evoked a global outpouring of anger, shock and sympathy on social media targeting the Central government, the judiciary and others for the perceived delay in granting him bail despite his advanced age and frail health, while many have sought the attention of the President, questioning how he could pose threats to the nation as was alleged.



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  • Vincent D'Souza, Belthangady

    Thu, Jul 08 2021

    Was Father Stan cremated?

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  • Ben D'Souza Prabhu, Mangalore, Bombay Bandra now in Canada

    Wed, Jul 07 2021

    Rev Fr Stan Swamy SJ unfortunately did not get justice in this part of the World, despite his tireing lifespan for doing good for the people of our time. Our Graceful Compassionate Lord knows his excellent work towards the marginalised and downtroden needy people. His Reward will be Great in Heaven. After all he is a staunch follower of the Great Ignatious Loyolla, the Founder of Society of Jesus ! MAY THE GOOD LORD BLESS HIM Hundredfolds !!!

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  • Shekhar Umesh Shetty, Namma Kudla

    Wed, Jul 07 2021

    Father Stan Lourduswamy - Your contribution to humanity will never be in vain and your murderers will have to face the justice from GOD. They cannot escape from the wrath of God and curse of millions of admirers.

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