New Delhi: Tribal activist and Jesuit priest Stan Swamy passed away on Monday after testing positive for COVID-19 in May while he was lodged at Taloja Central Jail in Mumbai. He passed away at the Holy Family Hospital in Bandra.
The 84-year-old was put on ventilator support after his condition deteriorated on Sunday. Swamy's lawyers had sought an urgent hearing on his medical bail plea which the Bombay HC was set to hear on Monday.
A tribal rights activist, he worked for over 5 decades in Jharkhand, fighting for the rights of the Adivasi community. He was jailed for seven months, booked for alleged criminal conspiracy and sedition, and under the UAPA by NIA in the Bhima Koregaon case.
Swamy who suffered from hearing loss, Parkinson’s disease, lumbar spondylosis, also tested positive for Covid in May. Since then, his condition had deteriorated. On June 17, taking note of “serious medical issues” HC had extended his stay at the hospital till 5 July.
Several activists, journalists, and other eminent figures from across the country expressed solidarity and condolences on the death of Swamy. Meanwhile, the right-wing trolls on social media platforms mocked those expressing condolences and abused Swamy for his alleged involvement in the case that was still being probed.
Some of the trolls went on to label Swamy as “anti-national” and “traitor” and in a way celebrated the death of the Human Rights champion.
Here are some of the tweets:
Fighting rights? Or converted innocents n lured them to naxalism?— Dr Prashant (@Prashant1056) July 5, 2021
Terrorist #StanSwamy— Tornado ☣️?? (@TheTeamModi) July 5, 2021
If i am not wrong, are you related to sudha Bhardwaj!
A criminal less— phaniraj (@glphanirajj) July 5, 2021
He got easy end . People like him should hang on street untill death. Naxali tha sala haramkhor— manjeet (@ruchi19923280) July 5, 2021
He was not working in Jharkhand he was a criminal ,naxal . He got easy end. Aisay logo ko goli maar deni chahiye road per khada kar Kay— manjeet (@ruchi19923280) July 5, 2021
Hero champion ??? who deceived this country with terrorism, caste based violence, nexus with maoists rebels— KB.?? (@HindustanMera5) July 5, 2021
No WE ARE NOT SORRY
Don't include "ME " in your " WE "— Subba Rao ???? (@TNSubbaRao1) July 5, 2021
Randi Rona suru hogya in bhosdiwaalo Ka— मयूर सिंगला???️?? (@Mayur19804807) July 5, 2021
"Political Prisoner" lmao forgot how he collaborated with Maoists and caused deaths in Bhima Koregaon?— Gabru (@Gabruuuuuuuuuu_) July 5, 2021
अब आपका नम्बर है इतिहासकार साहब?— Chandra Mouli Tiwari (@mouli_tiwari) July 5, 2021
Why shuold anyone have sympathy for criminals?— Dev Nimkar (@DevenNimkar) July 5, 2021
Young enough for unlawful assembly, planning riots, but too old for punishment?— Namy_ta ?? (@Dharmic_N) July 5, 2021
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Chandigarh, Sep 20: Congress leader Sunil Jakhar on Monday questioned AICC general secretary Harish Rawat's reported statement that the upcoming state elections would be fought under the leadership of Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu.
Jakhar, who is also the former Punjab Congress chief, dubbed Rawat's statement as baffling, saying it is likely to undermine the authority of the chief minister.
On the swearing-in day of Sh @Charnjit_channi as Chief Minister, Mr Rawats's statement that 'elections will be fought under Sidhu', is baffling. It's likely to undermine CM's authority but also negate the very 'raison d' tre' of his selection for this position, said Jakhar in a tweet.
Rawat had reportedly said that the Punjab Assembly polls next year will be fought under Sidhu.
Jakhar was one of the frontrunners for the post of new Congress Legislative Party leader after Amarinder Singh was nudged into quitting ostensibly over his failure to fulfil the promises made by the party in the 2017 assembly polls.
However, the Congress finally picked Channi for the post and it was learnt that Sidhu backed it.
Reacting to Jakhar's tweet, BJP leader Amit Malviya called it as huge insult to the Dalit community.
This is a huge insult to the entire Dalit community if Charanjit Singh Channi has been made the CM, only to hold the seat for Navjot Singh Sidhu, the chosen Gandhi family loyalist. This completely undermines the Dalit empowerment narrative being peddled by the Congress. Shame, said Malviya in a tweet.
On the swearing-in day of Sh @Charnjit_channi as Chief Minister, Mr Rawats’s statement that “elections will be fought under Sidhu”, is baffling. It’s likely to undermine CM’s authority but also negate the very ‘raison d’être’ of his selection for this position.— Sunil Jakhar (@sunilkjakhar) September 20, 2021