Father Stan Swamy's Co-Accused Observe Hunger Strike In Prison To Mark His First Death Anniversary

On the first death anniversary of Father Stan Swamy, the tribal rights activist who died awaiting bail on July 5, 2021 in the Bhima Koregaon – Elgar Parishad, all his co-accused are on a hunger strike for a day.

They are protesting against the alleged lack of proper medical treatment and the institutional murder of Father Stan by a negligent administration, to mark his first death anniversary.

A mandatory magisterial inquiry into the death of Father Stan is yet to be completed and a petition filed by the Jesuits regarding the same is pending before the Bombay High Court.

Father Stan was the last and oldest accused to be arrested in the case, from his home in Ranchi, Jharkhand, on October 8, 2020.

"While standing shoulder to shoulder in the fight for the rights of poor tribals even while suffering from Parkinsons, Father Stan Swamy, 84, was jailed with the intention to teach him a lesson for his humanitarian values," the letter states adding that Father Stan was harassed for small things like getting a support-stick and a sipper.