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Fr Stan Swamy accused in Elgar Parishad case passes away

Human and tribal rights activist and an accused in the alleged Elgar Parishad case Father Stan Swamy died in a hospital here on Monday. He was 84.

Doctors of Holy Family Hospital, Bandra, informed Bombay High Court about Swamy’s death during the hearing of his bail plea on medical grounds.

The octogenarian was put on a ventilator support on Sunday as he was facing difficulty in breathing due to fluctuating oxygen level.

He was admitted to the hospital in May this year on the directions of the High Court over the appeal by his council for a medical treatment as he had complained of illness to the jail authorities.

Swamy, already a patient of Parkinson’s disease, tested positive for COVID-19, and was shifted to Intensive Care Unit of the hospital.

The Jesuit priest was arrested in October 2020 in connection with alleged Elgar Parishad case and lodged Taloja central jail.

The case pertains to violence that marred the bicentenary of Bhima-Koregaon war in Pune in 2018. It was alleged that the violence was ignited by an event “Elgar Parishad” held a day earlier–Dec 31, 2017–where several activists having ‘Maoist’ links participated.

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