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Jesuit priest and Adivasi rights activist Stan Swamy, possibly the oldest person to be arrested under an anti-terrorism law in India, died of cardiac arrest at a Mumbai hospital on July 5. The 84-year-old battling cancer and Parkinson’s—and infected with Covid­—died in the middle of his fight for bail on health grounds. Arrested by the NIA in October 2020, Swamy request for a sipper and straw as he “cannot hold a glass as my hands are unsteady due to Parkinson’s” was turned down. His death triggered a debate with some justifying keeping him behind bars and others insisting it was a case of ill-treatment. The UN body on human rights has repeatedly demanded the release of Swamy and 15 other human rights defenders.

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