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Indian-American groups denounce death of Swamy

Washington, July 09 (KMS): Indian-American groups expressed grief over the death of Father Stan Swamy and described him as a social worker who dedicated his life to serving poor tribals in India.

The eighty-four-year-old Swamy, who was arrested last year under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in connection with the Elgar Parishad case, died on Monday.

The Federation of Indian American Christian Organisations of North America (FIACONA), in a statement, said that Swamy was a brave man who tirelessly worked to protect and help tribals in India.

“A simple and an unassuming man, Fr Swamy stood his ground against a system that is bent on exploiting the poor tribals and their sovereign rights to their resources,” the FIACONA said in a statement.

“It is a dark day for democracy in India, and the national leadership and members of the judiciary should hang their heads in shame,” said George Abraham, vice-chairman of the Indian Overseas Congress, in another statement.

“Father Swamy’s detention and treatment in prison that led to his death is a blot on the consciousness of the nation and a travesty of justice,” Abraham said.

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