Mehbooba Mufti ‘deeply disturbed’ as imprisoned activist Stan Swamy dies

Mehbooba Mufti slammed the government authorities for ‘depriving him of dignity’

Stan Swamy, an 84-year-old activist who was detained under anti-terror legislation in the Elgar Parishad case last year and was fighting for release from detention on medical grounds, died today.

After hearing about the demise of the activist, Peoples Democratic Party President and former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti took to micro-blogging site Twitter to condole the demise.

She said she felt ‘deeply disturbed by the demise of the tribal activist Stan Swamy. “Deeply disturbed by the passing away of 84-year-old tribal activist Stan Swamy,” she tweeted.

Mehbooba also slammed the government authorities for ‘depriving him of dignity.

“A ruthless & callous government that deprived him of dignity even while he was alive has blood on its hands. Absolutely shocked & appalled. May his soul rest in peace,” Mehbooba Mufti added.

It is worthwhile to mention that Stan Swamy’s case relates to an event on December 31, 2017, in Koregaon-Bhima near Pune, which was followed by violence and arson that left one person dead.

Investigators claim that activists at the event, an Elgar Parishad meeting, had made inflammatory speeches and provocative statements that led to violence the next day.

Later, Stan Swamy was arrested from his home in Jharkhand capital Ranchi by a team of NIA officials from Delhi.

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