Update from Delhi and Calcutta

Delhi: There was a dharna at Jantar Mantar in solidarity with the friends who were courting arrest to press our demand for release of Dr. Binayak Sen. Eminent writer and social activist Arundhati Roy and many senior activists joined the dharna, students from JNU & DU came in large numbers along with the friends of PUDR and Delhi Solidarity Group

Calcutta: About two hundred people including many eminent citizens took part in a protest rally demanding release of Dr. Binayak Sen in Calcutta today. The rally started from the Vidyasagar Statue in front of Calcutta University and paraded down parts of Mahatma Gandhi Road, College street and Bankim Chatterjee street.

Later a citizens’ meeting was held in the Students’ Hall, which was almost packed to  capacity. The speakers including Dr. Manas Joardar, (former member of CU Senate), Dr. Punyabrata Guin, Pradip Banerjee Sujato Bhadra, Amitadyuti Kumar, Dipankar Chakrabarty explained the backdrop of Dr. Sen’s arrest and called for building up a strong movement to compel the CG government to release Dr. Sen unconditionally by withdrawing all fictitious charges against him.

The meeting also demanded scrapping of Salwa Judum, and all black laws including CSPSA, NIA , AFSPA.

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