'83-yr-old activist held sans warrant'

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RANCHI: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has taken social and tribal rights activist

Stan Swamy

in custody from his residence at Ranchi's Namkum locality on Thursday "without producing any warrant", people associated with him told the media.
NIA officials have not issued any statement on the matter yet.
The 83-year-old is among the several other activists named in the 2018 Elgar Parishad case in Pune. Swamy's residence, named Bagaicha, has been raided twice in the past - on August 28, 2018 and June 12, 2019 - in the same case.
Sources said an NIA team reached Swamy's residence without informing the local police. One of his colleagues told TOI, "The team behaved rudely and picked him up forcefully at night stating that senior officials in Delhi have asked them to question him. We do not know what prompted them to suddenly detain an elderly person during a pandemic. Swamy has never resisted any questioning and has always cooperated whenever required."
CPI (M-L) state secretary Janardhan Prasad and Bagodar MLA Binod Singh also condemned the NIA's action.

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