US Secretary of State to look into case of Fr Stan Swamy held in India


New York, Mar 12 (IANS): US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said that he would look into the case of an 83-year-old Catholic priest, Fr Stan Swamy, held in India on allegations he was linked to Maoists.

Responding on Wednesday to a request from a member of the House of Representatives while he was testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Blinken asked for more information and said: "We'll look into it."

Juan Vargas, who is the vice chair of the House International Economic Policy and Migration Subcommittee, told Blinken while questioning him that it was "incredible injustice" that Swamy, who was arrested by the National Investigation Agency, has been in jail for over 130 days.


Antony Blinken (left) and Fr Stan Swamy

Swamy belongs to the Jesuit order of priests and Vargas said that he had himself been a member of that society.

He was arrested in Ranchi and taken to Maharashtra and detained in a Pune jail under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) on allegations that he participated in the activities of the banned Communist Party of India-Maoist.

The case relates to a celebration by Dalits on January 1, 2018, in Koregaon-Bhima near Pune, which was followed by violence that left one person dead.

Swamy has been an activist for tribal and Dalit rights.

Earlier in his testimony to the Committee on President Joe Biden's Priorities for US Foreign Policy, Blinken said that in furtherance of its aims, "we held the first ministerial meeting of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue between us, Japan, Australia, and India, and we will hold a leader-level summit this week on Friday".

China was the dominant theme during the hearing with Blinken declaring, "Our relationship with China, the biggest geopolitical test of the 21st century".

Repeatedly questioned about Biden's comment when asked on a CNN programme about Beijing treatment of the Uighur Muslim minority that "culturally, there are different norms that each country and their leaders are expected to follow", Blinken reiterated that he considers there was a "genocide" of the Uighurs and the US would continue to speak out forcefully against it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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  • myna, mysuru

    Sat, Mar 13 2021

    USA decision to look into Fr Stan Swamy's case should be viewed as a Human Rights issue and not interference in the affairs of another country or in a matter that is sub judice. There are Indians holding very high positions in the government of foreign countries as well as elected to Parliament. They do have a soft corner for their motherland and concern for deviation in human rights. Let us not forget that India took the lead to show the world how important it is to be "Non-Aligned" by starting a Non-Aligned Movement; gave the world the PanchSheel; etc.

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  • Valson Mendonsa, Mangalore/USA

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    Mr. Babanna Ramesh , Your comments are nothing to do with the issue....here issue is in justice .. try to give a helping hand to resolve...otherwise great words are apply to you..." Maunam Panditara Lakhsnam"

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  • rahulbaba, Mulky

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    so, who will decide justice in bharath?

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  • Rahulbaba, Mulky

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    I am glad to hear the news. Atleast USA can now demand his release from jail. and the Indian court will listen to the command from USA? Does it really happen that way? Seriously?

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  • gaurakashak, Suratkal

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    People seem to be so happy by this news. But what will happen actually? He has to know the procedures for asking about a incident in another country. Does that country have a fair independent judiciary? if so, this news is just that. News meant to only catch some interest and nothing more. Wait and see. Time will tell anyways.

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  • jose, Bangalore

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    So, now another country will put thier fingers here?

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  • Alfria, Manglore/Mumbai

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    H.Almeida: don't frame wrong comments, please go and check, records he has been arrested by NIA which comes under central government and secondly bima koregaon arrest started during BJP rule in Maharashtra and not under MVA government. As far as US government interference please note it was our great man who went to US to campaign for a useless person and US people kicked him out. Was that not interference.

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  • ca girishkk, m'lore/dxb

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    By the way.....,@ H. Almeida., Bendur/Andha.... Who interfered in world's highest cattle slaughtering & beef consuming country's recently concluded POTUS election...???? Non other than....?????? , no marks for smart guess ...(ab ki baaar ... ???? Sarkar....), the whole world saw International Jokara kicked out from White House....????? only alternative is ...Chai + pakoda....!!!! jh jai hind...,

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  • Shetty, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    Conversion.....

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    When Westerners flock Kumbh Mela and participate in Hindu rituals, it's inspiration. But when a Jesuit priest helps tribal communities, provide them education, it's conversion. How are you justifying the difference, Mr. Shetty ?

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  • Alwyn Dsouza, Kudla

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    Shetty your mind is full of hate. What you mean by conversion? Yes he has converted many poor families into middle class and made them educated. That is why you blind bhakth are illiterate get annoyed with poor people doing better than your so called nation lovers. You love nobody hope alreat love yourself . Stop hatred and get well soon. You idiots do nothing good but only talk BS. Yes India need conversion from poverty to middle class that is what most of the Christians do even though you idiots only yap and hatred your fellow Indians.

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  • Shuba, Mumbai

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    A big shame on our judiciary system. Present judiciary is only for the upper caste and corrupt politicians. An elderly person who is fighting for the rights of downtrodden and the tribals Dalits irrespective of caste... And he doesn't have any wealth or family or accumulation of wealth. A simple elderly knowledgeable upright person who dedicated his life for the poor is now held for no reason saying he is maoist. We pray that the judiciary understand the severity of his personal health and the social work he had been doing for the poorest.

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  • mahesh, mangalore

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    Too many people getting excited by that statement. Its just meant to cater to some section. Its not so easy for the americans to interfere with Bharat now. Times have changed.

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  • ca girishkk, m'lore/dxb

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    @ Mahesha..., Interesting point..., that being said ... other day even British Parliament discussed about political affairs of Hindustan...., all this and more b'coz of stinking cheddi....!!!!! Any point....????, high time for all Bhakt's community members leave beef eating US & Europe & come back and start business in UP & Vibrant GujRAT.... and contribute for the development of Hindustan.., If business is not prosper then there is always a lucrative Gau Rakshak profession is available...., jh jai hind...,

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  • Joe, Mangalorean

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    No country in the world can interfere in the internal affairs of any country, if not Dalai Lama would have been living in Tibet not in India, the best we can do approach the courts of the country with best legal team and fight his case instead of just posting our comments and gloating over it.

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  • Amit, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    Mahesh, I challenge you when American Administration interfere with Feku Chacha, he will do the "SER MASTAK" and release Stan Swamy without uttering a word Write down my WORD

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  • Ramesh Babu, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    Here many people are against US interfering in Indian matters, but these same bloody people wants to migrate to US by hook or by crook.

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  • Evans C Sumitra, Udupi/New York, USA.

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    Ramesh Babu, Mangalore, I fully agree with your comments and there is no doubt about it.

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  • Jd, Mlr

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    Said it loud and clear. Hypocrites of the first order most of us

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  • Alfria, Manglore/Mumbai

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    Ramesh fully agree with you, just to get an interview I have seen these very same people stand in que from 5am.

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  • Don D'Souza, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    If Fr. Stan Swamy has done wrong, there should be a speedy trial in the court of law and sentenced. But by the government holding him in very difficult conditions, and by the way the authorities are going Fr. Stan will never, ever be set free. For example Fr. Stan has a condition that he could not drink water directly from a cup and so he requested for a straw to drink water. For the government even to give him a straw to drink water was initially turned down condition, whereas at the same time the 5 bench Supreme court judges took time off on the weekend and had a special sitting to make bail arrangements for the release of Arnab Gosawmi when he was named directly as abetting a case of suicide. Many peace loving people and organizations have repeatedly asked for better living conditions and basic human right for the ailing priest but the government is not co-operating. Hence, with deepest regret as Fr. Stan is not getting any of the above this matter had to go to a third party.

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  • MADHUR, MANGALORE

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    God Bless

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  • Evans C Sumitra, Udupi/New York, USA.

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    Deshbhakt, Mangalore, What a mind-blowing comment? I have no words to express as it contains full of facts and meaning but some people may not be able to digest it as their IQ is low or NIL. Keep it up.

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    is dis 83 year old priest a threat 2 national security & integrity of India. is there wiseness in dis idiot's pettha government????~????

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  • Ramesh Babu, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    The threat to India is Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, Jay Shah and maybe many more whoever is close to these 3 person.

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  • MADHUR, MANGALORE

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    Please send him to US of America...

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    What is the need to SEND ?? Those who desire to leave, do so at their wish/will and the government comes to know after they reach their destination. I.e. Mallya, Choksey, NiMo, Nityanand, so on. This Oldman was working with the poor and if the government found fault with that, he should have been given prison facilities like any other prisoner and with consideration of his health conditions. If he had desired to live in the US, he would have opted for it and the order of which he is a member, would have facilitated it. Truth is that he opted to be with the poor tribals.

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  • Roshan, Mangalore / Abudhabi

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    And call all those Dongi hindu baabaas from America to India

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  • VK, mangalore

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    Some people here got relieved. Now that USA interfered here they will get their Swamy out of jail..

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  • SJM, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    Jesus’ words “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing - Applicable to current Govt.

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri.

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    SHM ji , Fr. Stan Swamy, has been arrested under UAPA, by the Mahaghatbandan, comprising the Congress, Shiv Sena and NCP, coalition, who are ruling in my state of Maharashtra !!!!

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  • ca girishkk, m'lore/dxb

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    @ Ramesh Sir, What a bouncerji...., i visualise bhakt community face become Lord Vanara face....!!!! chai time... jh jai hind...,

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  • ca girishkk, m'lore/dxb

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    H. Almeida., Bendur/Andha... Let me quote - "... present govt", what is prompting for you to attribute & choose present govt as govt other than Maha Govt...????? Mathlab.... the inner truth speaks more than what words express....!!!! Once again being a Christian by faith (if i go by the name); enlighten yourself with the words what Lord Jesus said... " father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing...." Have one chai & get well soon... jh jai hind..,

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri.

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    Americans should desist from poking their nose in the internal affairs of India !!! Will they tolerate, if we get involved with their judicial system or pass aspirations, against their nation ??? Fr. Stan Swamy, has got messed up with the banned Communist party ( Marxists ) for his role in the Bhima- Koregaon riots, near Pune, hence duly arrested under UAPA !! Religious priests should stay away from any activism. if they so desire then they should float or join a political party !!!!!

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  • Roshan, Mangalore / Abudhabi

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    Religious priests should stay away from activism... you want say they should hide in caves or should have deaf hears when there is injustice to downtrodden?? Or they should enjoy life like Baba devs or many other dongi babas in the guise of sadhu saints? Your affiliation to RSS is always seen in this forum

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  • sense_shetty, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    Its an open secret ..Our Man of the Century Great OSHO was poisoned by CIA leading to his slow death ..

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  • Alwyn Dsouza, Kudla

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    Shetty your mind is full of hate. What you mean by conversion? Yes he has converted many poor families into middle class and made them educated. That is why you blind bhakth are illiterate get annoyed with poor people doing better than your so called nation lovers. You love nobody hope alreat love yourself . Stop hatred and get well soon. You idiots do nothing good but only talk BS. Yes India need conversion from poverty to middle class that is what most of the Christians do even though you idiots only yap and hatred your fellow Indians.

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  • Alwyn Dsouza, Kudla

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    Shetty your mind is full of hate. What you mean by conversion? Yes he has converted many poor families into middle class and made them educated. That is why you blind bhakth are illiterate get annoyed with poor people doing better than your so called nation lovers. You love nobody hope alreat love yourself . Stop hatred and get well soon. You idiots do nothing good but only talk BS. Yes India need conversion from poverty to middle class that is what most of the Christians do even though you idiots only yap and hatred your fellow Indians.

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  • Alwyn Dsouza, Kudla

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    Shetty your mind is full of hate. What you mean by conversion? Yes he has converted many poor families into middle class and made them educated. That is why you blind bhakth are illiterate get annoyed with poor people doing better than your so called nation lovers. You love nobody hope alreat love yourself . Stop hatred and get well soon. You idiots do nothing good but only talk BS. Yes India need conversion from poverty to middle class that is what most of the Christians do even though you idiots only yap and hatred your fellow Indians.

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri.

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    Will Americans tolerate any interference in their jurisdiction of governance, or their way of life ?? Likewise aliens should desist from meddling, with the internal affairs of our nation. Fr. Stan Swamy, has been arrested by the NIA, under UAPA laws, for his links with the banned Communist party ( Maoists) for the violence unleashed in Bhima/Koregaon near Pune. Religious priests should not get involved in any form of activism... if they desire, then they should float or join a political party......

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    Praise the Almighty ...

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  • sense_shetty, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    This so called stick of US and some western countries will not work anymore with India ..India should actively pursue mysterious death and disappearance of its Hindu nationals and Many Yoga Saints in the USA. Bye BYE USA.

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    What are Yoga Saints doing in the US ? Can you explain ? In Hindu scripture, going beyond seven seas is impurity, India is a holy land where spirituality is to be practiced/preached. What work do the saints you mentioned have to do in the US ? Secondly, how much funds such saints collect and send to India, do have any idea ? For what ? To fund organizations associated with Pragnya Singh (I mean, her past of-course) ? Why is Modi govt prohibiting only Christian and Muslim organization getting funds ? Are non-Christian, Non-Muslim organizations saints (that I have quoted Pragnya Singh) ? How many centers the other holy holy holy saint Baba Ramdev owns around the world ? Do you have any idea about how much fortune he possesses ? Why is he still called a Sadhu ? Common man, write some sensible comment, don't just keep shooting off behaving like a cat !

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  • Roshan, Mangalore / Abudhabi

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    Hello, the besharam devil ki aulaat Trump is not there baba. The Dongi RSS game will not work now.

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    Mr. Sense Shetty, why go to the (far off) US ? Please ask Modi government to investigate about disappearance of the Guru of Baba Ramdev. We will file petition about the US, later on,

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  • Evans C Sumitra, Udupi/New York, USA.

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    sense_shetty, Mangalore, Your comments make no sense at all. You need some treatment to get your sense back to senses.

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  • ca girishkk, m'lore/dxb

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    @ whatever...Sense Shetty..., About your question about disappearance of Yoga Guru's in worlds highest beef consuming nation..., why Jokara leader is mum about your question....????, don't say... he is FEKU...!!!! have faith in him..., have one chai & get well soon.., mean time.... one small clarification ... you are talking about FEKU baba's &/or guru's or REAL one's.... kyonki... aaj kal zyada se zyada..., FEKUISM hie chaltha hai na..., one should be careful while attributing/talking about matter's of concern..., jh jai hind..,

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  • sense_shetty, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    Why do you need to receive funds ?

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  • Kudla Stories, Kudla

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    An 83 year old activist fighting for dalit and tribal rights being treated this way is not a heslthy sign for any country. And a gesture loke not allowing him basic medical assistance like not giving him a sipper, is pure blatant ignorance of his rights. And more over he is NOT a terrorist. He is a social worker.

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  • Alwyn Dsouza, Canada

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    I pray every day for Father Stan Swamy for good health and early release. Whoever done such act on him will be insane and have losers. Only god can forgive them for prion the honest priest with a hate and jealousy against on this priest. Even his medical condition government has not give a option leave. Very strange. It shows the hatred towards christianity by ignorance leaders.

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    I hope Mòdi supporters won't biker about the interference of the US in India's internal matters. I defy you BJP supporters, show me one news where you guys advised Modi against taking Indian political issues international. Then it was NaMo or Howdy, then now it's US' interference. Take it lying down. Meanwhile, I wish that the US takes up Chris Michael matter too. Modi government must explain why the man hasn't faced a trial though he is jailed since more than 3 years. Why are Indians fooled by putting blame on one family (Michael to have paid them the kickbacks and Modi didn't find in 7 years the cave where the money is hidded) hence the ruling party gains politically.

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  • Jd, Mlr

    Fri, Mar 12 2021

    What happened to dassault owner, one who sold rafale to india via ambani?

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