India - Sanhati condemns Rearresting and harassing political prisoners under false charges
November 26, 2014
Narayan Sanyal, an octogenarian politicalprisoner,
who got released
recently after nine years in jail was again detained on his way
to Giridih in Jharkhand for a court appearance. On the morning
of November 24, Narayan Sanyal flew from Dumdum airport in Kolkata
to Ranchi, and then appeared in court in Hazaribagh. While
travelling from there to Giridih by road, accompanied by Mrs.
of Dhanbad Domestic Workers
Union and Ravindra Yadav, his lawyer’s munshi, he was detained and
taken to Dhanwar police station and then to Giridih police station.
Narayan Sanyal was released late in the night after several hours of
interrogation. The police also beat up Ravindra Yadav, the munshi,
without any reason. There were two women in the group but there
wasn’t a single policewoman when they were detained by the police.
and harassing political prisoners under false charges, even when
they are out on bail or acquitted of charges, has become a common
phenomenon in India. It is a mockery of justice and democracy that a
group of people who are on their way from one court to another to
appear in a case can be picked up by the police and detained without
any charges. It is clear that the government is giving police and
other security agencies free hand in neutralizing all dissenting
political voices. It is to be noted that thousands of political
prisoners — tribals from Chhattisgarh, Muslim youth from Kashmir,
workers from Haryana, academics from Delhi, and people from all
walks of life — are languishing
in Indian jails for their political beliefs and actions.
Many of them are incarcerated for years without trials, many are
arrested and tried repeatedly, and finally by the time they are
acquitted they have spent decades in prison. The truth is that the
ruling one percent want to silence dissenting voices from the
at large because they fear that even a spark somewhere can burn down
their reign of exploitation and injustice.
Sanhati condemns such acts and demands
An end to the impunity of police and security forces, which get
away with arresting/harassing
thousands of people under false charges and then imprisoning them
for prolonged periods.
The repeal of the draconian laws that
criminalize political dissent.
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