PROTEST DEMONSTRATION FOR RELEASE OF DR BINAYAK SEN AT THE COMPLETION OF ONE YEAR OF HIS IMPRISONMENT

UPDATE ON DR. BINAYAK SEN:
PEOPLE’S UNION FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES– CHHATTISGARH


Raipur, 16th May 2008: The Chhattisgarh Unit of PUCL, and various people’s organizations observed a day-long Dharna on 14th May 2008 at Burha-talab, Raipur in protest against illegal detention ofDr. Binayak Sen, its General Secretary, who has been lodged at Raipur Central Jail for the past one year. About 450 citizens (workers, peasants, youth, women, intellectuals and political party workers, etc.) participated in the event expressing their solidarity with Dr.Binayak Sen, Ajay TG of PUCL-CG, and others detained under the draconian law called the Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act 2005.


At the end of the day-long Dharna, the people and organizations resolved to continue to demonstrate and demand: a) repeal of the Black Law; b) un-conditional release of Dr. Binayak Sen, Ajay TG of PUCL-CG, and all others detained under this law; c) ban the state sponsored violent campaign called Salwa- Judum, and stop the State War against its own citizens; and d) stop the violations of human rights under the pretext of containing “naxalism” under the militaristic strategies of the State.


As a next step of this movement, it was decided to hold the Chain-Hunger-Strike or Fasting from 16th to 25th June, 2008 at Raipur, coinciding with the Anniversary of Declaration of Emergency Rule in India (in 1975). Prominent Social Activist like Sandeep Pandey, CMM activist, Prem Narain Verma (President, Rajnandgaon Kapda Mill Mazdoor Sangh), and many others have already given their consent to sit for the 10-day Hunger Strike/Fasting protesting against the repressive regime of BJP in Chhattisgarh, demanding repeal of the Black Law and release of all detained under this Act of 2005. Several organizations and
citizens are planning to join this event.


A National Convention is also being called on 25th & 26th June, 2008 at Raipur, at the end of this 10-day Hunger-Strike/Fasting, bringing together democratic organizations, citizens and activists from all over the country to formulate a common agenda and strategy to resist the repression of the State, and defend democracy. Before the National Convention, series of events would take place in different parts of Chhattisgarh mobilizing public opinion against the Black Law and violation of human rights in the state.


During the day-long Dharna on 14th May, speakers after speakers condemned the draconian law, state repression and demanded unconditional release of Dr. Sen, Ajay TG and others. Prominent among these were Chhattistarh Mukti Morcha, Chhattisgarh Mahila Mukti Morcha, Chhattisgarh Mahila Jagriti Sangathan, Chhattisgarh Bal Shramik Sangathan, Nadi Ghati Morcha, Communist Party of India (M-L), Roopantar, Indian Social Action Forum (INSAF), Chhattisgarh Labour Institute, Mukti-Niketan, Sabla Dal, Nagrik Sadbhawna Manch, Jagruk Nagrik Manch, Chhattisgarh Kisan Sangathan, Sarvodaya Sewa Sangh, Shram Niketan (Anooppur), ASHA (Lucknow), Chhattisgarh Kisan Sangathan, Chhattisgarh Mines Shramik Sangh, Pragatisheel Engineering Shramik Sangha, National Alliance of Women (NAWO), etc.


Among the individuals who were present and addressed the Dharna were Com.Janak Lal Thakur, President, CMM, Sandeep Pandey (Magasasey Award Winner), Shyam Bahadur ‘Narm’ (Convener, MP PUCL), Gautam Bandopadhyay, Dr. Lakhan Singh, Prem Narain Verma, Tejram Sahu, Saura Yadav, Shashi Sail, Narottam Sharma, Bishat Chandrakar, Harshlata Kanwar, Adv Sudha Bhardwaj, Rajendra Sail.


Liberation Songs were presented by Shaheed Anusuiya Natya Kala Manch and Chhattisgarh Mahial Jagriti Sangathan.


Rajendra K Sail