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Swimmer drowns while participating in symbolic protest against arrest of social activists

Prime News, National Sport, Swimming, Panaji, April 6:- Two swimmers, late on Sunday, leapt into the Mandovi River to swim its breadth, in a symbolic protest against the arrest of “political arrests” of social activists across the country. But only one swimmer, Sudeep Dalvi, organiser of the protest, swam ashore.

On Monday, several hours after the two swimmers plunged into the warm waters of the casino-lined Mandovi River, the body of the other swimmer, 56-year-old Manuel Pereira, was recovered near a fishing jetty on the banks across Panaji.

The Goa Police have filed a case of unnatural death in connection with the death of Pereira, a resident of Candolim beach village in North Goa.

The protest swim ‘Swim for Justice’ was organised by Sudeep Dalvi, a 41-year-old activist, in protest against indiscriminate arrests of activists across India, and also to mark the anniversary of his own arrest by the Goa Police for allegedly promoting hatred and disobeying the orders of a government servant, following a controversial social media post, which Dalvi had uploaded.

“Still, after one year, (the) government hasn’t submitted the case to the sessions court, nor filed a charge sheet or initiated the case,” Dalvi claims, adding that the ‘Swim for Justice’ exercise was also aimed to “attract the attention of the current government.” (MR, Inputs: Agencies)

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