Police block a website which allegedly poses threat to India’s Democracy

Pune police had earlier arrested activists, labelling them as “Urban Naxals”, in connection with the Bhima Koregaon Violence

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In a recent development to the Indian McCarthyism, Indian Government on Tuesday banned a website called Bannedthought.net which allegedly promotes Naxalism. Ministry of Communications notified regarding the same in a press release.

After the Bhima Koregaon Violence, Pune Police has arrested 10 activists including lawyers until now and charged them under Unlawful Activity Prevention Act (UAPA). According to the police, the “Urban Naxals” and Maoists are behind the violence.

Earlier on August 28, the police raided the houses of the activists – Varavara Rao, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Sudha Bharadwaj, Gautam Navlakha – and claimed in a press conference that they have seized important evidence to prove that the Maoists were planning to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi and overthrow the government.

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According to Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), Bannedthought.net was designed to brainwash the youth in urban areas. The website, as per ATS’ claims, talked about how to fight the democracy and examples of such countries were also cited.“Bannedthought.net is dangerous for Indian democracy. Therefore, it has been banned,” ATS asserted.

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