Greetings from CG PUCL!
This is to share with you AN APPEAL TO JOIN TEN-DAY FAST IN PROTEST AGAINST THE BLACK LAWS & FOR RELEASE OF Dr. BINAYAK SEN, AJAY TG & Ors. (16th to 25th June, 2008).
The enclosed APPEAL is self-explanatory. So far, Sandeep Pandey ( Magasasay Award Winner), and Com. Prem Narain Verma (CMM Activist and President of Rajnandgaon Kapda Mill Mazdoor Sangh) have made a commitment to sit for full 10 days of Fasting.
You are requested to kindly consider:
a) Endorsing The Appeal;
b) Join the Group Fasting either for full 10 days, or any of the days according to your convenience.
We are planning to make public this announcement on 8th June 2008, preferably at a Press Conference at Raipur and New Delhi, etc. Thus, your response must reach us by 7th June 2008.
The Invitation & details of the National Convention on State Repression & Black Laws in India (June 25 & 26, 2008) will be shared later! However, it would be helpful to get confirmation for your participation by 7th June, 2008, so that we could arrange accordingly.
DOCUMENTATION ON DETAINEES UNDER THE CHHATTISGARH BLACK LAW Of 2005
The Chhattisgarh PUCL is preparing a document on Detainees under The Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act 2005 since it came into force on 12th April, 2006. So far, we have collected following data which is disturbing and confirms our belief that Black Laws are always used to silence the voices of dissent and democracy.
According to the data available with the CG PUCL, 52 citizens have been illegally detained under the Act of 2005, and 67 citizens have been declared as absconding. Out of these ‘absconding”, the police records mention about 30 “unknown CPI (Maoist) organization workers” and “naxalite members”
Thus, this draconian law has been used against 139 citizens, which include
- 07 Traders/businessmen ( 2 cloth merchants, 2 electrical shopkeepers, 1 general storekeeper, 1 cattle dealer, 1 video-grapher);
- 01 Tailor
- 12 Cultural Activists (from Chetna Natya Mandali, again described as naxalites)
- 01 private doctor
- 07 hardcore naxalites (including members of various committees of CPI-Maoists)
Among the first two detainee citizens under the CG Black Law of 2005 was a 22 year old tribal girl named Chandrakanti Toppo, who was a student of class XII. She was arrested along with an electrical shopkeeper named Umesh Prasad Gupta, aged 28 years, from Ambikapur. They were accused of assisting the CPI (Maoists), and the police claimed that naxalite literature, pamphlets etc. were confiscated from their possession.
What is a matter of concern is that the girl, Chandrankanti Toppo’s profession/occupation in the police records is described as “having illegal relations with Umesh Prasad”, while she was a student of class XII. This is not only derogatory, but reveals the inherent bias the police has against women.
In these police records, Dr. Binayak Sen’s occupation/profession has been mentioned as “PUCL Vice-President” and “a naxalite courier” and not as a “Medical Doctor”.
In majority of the cases, the charge as described in the police records as:
“collaborated with the CPI (Maoists) organization, and provided food, water etc., to its members, and on their behalf illegally collected funds”.
This is just to provide a glimpse of the background of the citizens detained, which is not only arbitrary but in which “culpability is decided upon not by direct proof, but through guilt by association”, which is yet to be established.
A detailed study/documentation shall be presented at the forthcoming National Convention on 25th & 26th June, 2008 at Raipur.
Looking forward to your support and solidarity,
Rajendra K Sail (President)
Mobile: 094242-01288 or 098268-04519
Ten-day fast in protest against the black laws & for immediate release of dr. Binayak Sen, Ajay TG & Others (16th to 25th June, 2008)
A 10-day Fast beginning 16th June, 2008, is being organized at Raipur in Chhattisgarh to express solidarity with Dr. Binayak Sen (Medical Doctor), Ajay T G (Film Maker), both members of the PUCL, and many others detained under the draconian Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act 2005, and the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (1967) amended in 2004.
These draconian laws sanction the violation of due process by the state, and thus contravene internationally accepted norms of jurisprudence as well as democratic governance. As Senior Advocate K G Kannabiran, National President of PUCL, India, argues in his letter to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), the CSPSA and UAPA operate by criminalizing the very performance of civil liberties activities, and culpability is decided upon not by direct proof, but through guilt by association.
The PUCL-Chhattisgarh Unit, with Dr. Binayak Sen’s active leadership as its General Secretary, had exposed the government sponsored so-called campaign Salwa-Judum in Chhattisgarh which legitimizes extra-constitutional violence and pits adivasis against adivasis.
The Fast is to ensure that human rights of marginalized people are not trampled upon and human rights defenders continue to work fearlessly. The Fast will end on 25th June, the day Emergency Rule in India was declared in 1975, followed by a National Convention on Repressive Laws & Human Rights on 25th & 26th June 2008 at Raipur.
We invite you to join the campaign to end arbitrary abuse of state power and protect democratic rights of ordinary citizens by joining in the fast for any number of days either in Raipur or at your own place.
Rajendra Sail (9826804519), Gautam Bandopadhyay (9826171304), Ilina Sen (9425206875), Kavita Srivastava (9351562965), Faisal Khan (9313106745), Sandeep Pandey ([email protected])