- Father Stan Swamy, accused of Bhima Koregaon violence, passes away
- Swami had many diseases including Parkinson’s, spondylitis
- Treatment was going on in the hospital after the order of the High Court
- Worked for the tribals and the poor for a long time
The date was December 31, 2017 and the place was Bhima Koregaon in Pune. Violence broke out between the Dalit and Maratha communities here during the New Year celebrations. During this one person died and many people were injured. In fact, the people of Dalit and Bahujan Samaj held many public meetings in the name of Elgar Parishad. The issues raised in the public meeting were against Hindutva politics. Violence broke out during speeches by intellectuals and social workers. Several vehicles were set on fire.
After this violence, Pune Police raided several cities and arrested 5 alleged Naxal supporters. Raids were conducted in Delhi, Faridabad, Goa, Mumbai, Ranchi and Hyderabad. Those arrested included Gautam Navlakha, KP Varavara Rao and Sudha Bharadwaj. During the investigation, a case was also registered against Father Stan Swamy based on the speeches of the Elgar Parishad. He was arrested by the NIA in October 2020.
For a long time, the demand of Dalits and Backward was raised
Stan Swamy, 84, worked tirelessly for a long time for the people of Dalits, Adivasis and other backward classes. He raised his voice on all the platforms. Coming from a farmer family, Swami also ran schools for poor children. After his arrest in October in the Bhima Koregaon case, his health was continuously deteriorating. He applied for bail in the Bombay High Court but he could not get bail.
Hearing loss had stopped
When Swami’s health deteriorated, he was admitted to the hospital after the order of the High Court. Stan Swami had completely lost his hearing. He was also battling incurable Parkinson’s disease. He had spondylitis. He was found corona positive in May last year. Since then his condition was continuously serious. His health did not improve even after treatment. He was put on ventilator and died on July 5.
Sedition case was registered in Jharkhand
Father Stan Swami was born on 26 April 1937 in Trichy, Tamil Nadu. Father was a farmer and mother was a housewife. After doing MA in Sociology, he worked at the Indian Social Institute, Bangalore. After that he went to Jharkhand and started working for the tribals and poor section. In the early days, he worked as a pastor, then started fighting for tribal rights. Stan Swamy was accused of issuing a statement against the Jharkhand government to incite tension over the issue of Pathalgarhi movement. Jharkhand’s Khunti police had registered a case of sedition against 20 people including Swami.