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Stan Swamy, Bhima Koregaon case accused, dies ahead of bail hearing

The information on Stan Swamy's death was given to the Bombay High Court by his counsel Mihir Desai and Doctor D'Souza of the Holy Family Hospital in Mumbai when the bail plea came up for hearing.

Stan Swamy, Bhima Koregaon case accused, dies ahead of bail hearing-VPN
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Mumbai, First Published Jul 5, 2021, 3:06 PM IST
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Stan Swamy, a tribal rights activist who was accused in the Bhima Koregaon case, passed away ahead of his bail hearing. 

The information on Stan Swamy's death was given to the Bombay High Court by his counsel Mihir Desai and Doctor D'Souza of the Holy Family Hospital in Mumbai when the bail plea came up for hearing.

Eighty Four-year-old Stan Swamy had been lodged in Taloja Central prison for seven months over his alleged involvement in the Elgar Parishad case.

Swamy had been hospitalised on May 30 following the directions of the Bombay High Court. 

Stan Swamy was suffering from Parkinson disease and other geriatric ailments. The tribal rights activist's health had been deteriorating, and he was having difficulty breathing as his oxygen levels had been fluctuating. While undergoing treatment, he had also tested positive for Covid-19.

He was arrested from Ranchi on October 8 by the National Investigation Agency and brought to Mumbai the next day.

The NIA booked him under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and terror-related offences of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. 

The NIA had claimed that Stan Swamy had helped the cause of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) through various civil rights organisations he worked with.

The central agency also claimed that it has sufficient evidence to prima facie prove that Stan Swamy was part of the conspiracy to instigate caste violence in the Bhima Koregaon village near Pune in 2018.

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