Arun Ferreira: News

Indian history is colored with characters whose spirit and fire provided the much-needed impetus for oppressed classes to raise their voice against their oppressors. Arun Ferreira was of the same ilk - a man who did not falter in front of adversity and kept fighting in any way possible. Hailing from Maharashtra, his political views were shaped by his close association with his uncle Father Raymond D’Silva, who taught Catholic students about the inequality present in society. Ferreira became politically active when he joined St. Xavier’s in the 90s. He met with his first arrest in 2007 after being labeled as a ‘Naxalite’. He was put behind the bars under UAPA but was released in 2012 and was fully acquitted in 2014. After his release, he joined Siddharth Law College. Once he graduated, he became a human rights lawyer and an active member of an organization of lawyers who fought against rights violations. Ferreira was again arrested in 2018 in connection with the ‘Bhima Koregaon’ violence. He was put under house arrest due to an intervention by the Supreme Court.

15 Feb 2020


Bhima-Koregaon case transferred to NIA: Sharad Pawar slams Uddhav Thackeray

That the National Investigative Agency (NIA) has taken over the Bhima-Koregaon case upset Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar, who attacked Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray over the same.

30 Dec 2018


#ThatWas2018: RaGa's hug to Biplab Deb's logic, looking at political-controversies

2018 wasn't devoid of political action. As it nears an end, dynamics in Indian politics have changed.

#BhimaKoregaon: Activists Bhardwaj, Ferreira, Gonsalves sent to judicial custody

A little more than a week after the Pune Sessions Court rejected their bail applications, activists Sudha Bhardwaj, Arun Ferreira and Vernon Gonsalves have been sent to 14 days of judicial custody.

#BhimaKoregaon: SC stays HC-order refusing extension of time for charge-sheet

The Supreme Court today stayed the Bombay High Court order refusing extension of time to the Maharashtra Police for filing charge sheet in the Koregaon-Bhima violence case.

#BhimaKoregaon: SC rejects Romila Thapar's review plea for activists' release

The Supreme Court has dismissed a plea filed by historian Romila Thapar seeking a review of the September 28 majority verdict by which the apex court had refused immediate release of five rights activists held in connection with the Koregaon-Bhima violence case.

26 Oct 2018


#BhimaKoregaon: Pune court rejects bail pleas of three activists

The Pune Sessions court on Friday rejected the bail applications of activists Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves, and Arun Ferreira, who were arrested for their alleged Maoist links.

Bhima-Koregaon violence: SC extends house arrest, no SIT formed

After the Supreme Court, on September 20, reserved its judgement on the case challenging the arrest of five activists in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence, the apex court, today, extended the activists' house arrest by another four weeks.

Koregaon-Bhima case: SC reserves verdict on arrests of 5 activists

The Supreme Court reserved its verdict on a plea by historian Romila Thapar and others seeking the immediate release of five activists in connection with the Koregaon-Bhima violence case and a SIT probe into their arrest.

Bhima-Koregaon violence: SC extends activists' house arrest again

Following its September 6 decision to extend the house arrest of activists arrested in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence, the Supreme Court, on Wednesday, again extended the activists' house arrest till the next hearing, scheduled for September 17.

07 Sep 2018


Bombay-HC disapproves practice of people writing directly to PM, President

The Bombay High Court deprecated today the practice of people writing directly to the Prime Minister, the President, or the Chief Minister making wide allegations against certain persons instead of following due process of law.

Bhima-Koregaon violence: SC extends activists' house arrest till September 12

Hearing a petition filed by historian Romila Thapar against the arrests of five activists in connection with the Elgaar Parishad meeting and the subsequent Bhima-Koregaon violence, the Supreme Court has extended the house arrest of the activists till September 12.

Bhima-Koregaon case: Maharashtra Police says activists arrested over Maoist links

The five activists were not arrested for their dissenting views but due to the cogent evidence linking them with the banned CPI(Maoist), Maharashtra Police claimed in the Supreme Court today.

01 Sep 2018


Arrested activist's son says charges against his father are false

The son of Vernon Gonsalves, one of the five activists arrested for alleged Maoist links, on Saturday has rejected the police charges against his father.

Pune Police claim Bhima Koregaon violence was pre-planned

In a new development in the Bhima Koregaon violence, the Pune police have now claimed that it was pre-planned.

Bhima-Koregaon case: Rao says fight against fascist policies not conspiracy

Dubbing the case against him and other activists over Maharashtra's Koregaon-Bhima violence as false, Leftist poet-writer Varavara Rao insisted today their fight against "fascist policies" cannot be called a conspiracy.

From Bhima Koregaon violence to activists' arrest: Things to know

The arrests of five activists in different cities on Tuesday on allegations of being associated with Maoists has sparked an uproar.

29 Aug 2018


Bhima-Koregaon case: Varavara Rao's arrest operation 'illegal', claims Rao's family

The arrest of Left-leaning poet and writer Varavara Rao and searches at his two daughters' residences were "illegal", claims Rao's nephew, N Venugopal.

29 Aug 2018


Arrested activists to be kept under house arrest, rules SC

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered all five activists arrested on Tuesday in near-simultaneous raids, will be kept under house-arrest till September 6.

28 Aug 2018


Bhima-Koregaon violence: Police detain several with 'Maoist links'

Since Tuesday morning, Pune police have raided the houses of many people with 'Maoist links' and detained several suspects across India.