Oppose police repression against trade unionists in Gorakhpur!

Leader of workers movement in Gorakhur Tapish Maindola has been arrested and taken to an undiclosed locaton by the police today this afternoon. about 500 workers have also been detained and are being held by the police near the Gorakhnath temple. The workers were taking out a peaceful demonstration in support of their demands to end the lockout in two factories, reinstate 18 of their dismissed workers and action in the firing incident which injured 19 workers on 18 May.

All the 500 workers along with the 5 hunger stikers have tied themselves with long ropes and sitting on the road where they were
stopped by a heavy police force ed by the DIG range. Tapish Maindola was arrested from another place – he was not with the
procession at the time. The police has taken him to an unknown place and it is feared that he can be harmed. It is known that some police and administrative officers were threatening the workers leaders with ”dire consequences”. They were particularly targeting Tapish, Pramod Kumar and Prashant and branding them as “terrorists-maoists.”

We appeal to all to immediately call officials in Gorakhpur and Lucknow to stop this repression immediately.

Div. Commissioner, Gkp, Mr K. Ravindra Nair: 09454400207
District Masgistrate, AK Shukla: 09454417544
DIG: 09454417500
City Magistrate, JK Singh: 09454416213Commissioner