Following statements were issued by Mr. Rajendra .K.Sail, the President of Chattishgarh branch of PUCL about the ongoing police atrocities on the PUCL
Greetings from the Chhattisgarh PUCL!
We are facing an unprecedented situation, where the State Government/Police is trying to falsely implicate Dr.Binayak Sen, General Secretary, Chhattisgarh PUCL, and National PUCL Vice-President in so-called "naxal activities".
On May 1, 2007, the Chhattisgarh police detained a businessman, Mr. Piyush Guha from Kolkotta, but later produced him in the Court only on 7th May, 2007, after the PUCL issued a statement about his "abduction" by the State Police. According to the State Police, Mr. Some letters and "naxal literature" ( People's March Magazine, etc.) have been recovered from him. The police is now alleging that the three letters in his possesion were handed over to him by Dr. Binayak Sen, who used to meet the Senior member of the CPI (Maoist) Mr. Narayan Sanyal lodged at Raipur Central Jail.
In this regard, the police has made a statement to the press that Dr. Binayak Sen and his family "absconded" after the arrest of Mr. Guha. While the fact is that Dr. Binayak Sen and his family had planned to go to Kolkotta for a fornight's holiday with their relatives, and the tickets were booked well in advance. The Police is attempting to search his residence by breaking the lock, after obtaining Search Warrant from the concerned Court.
Some of the PUCL members met today at Raipur, and have issued the Press Statement attached herewith.
Chhattisgarh PUCL has also planned to state a day-long peaceful Dharna on 13th May 2007 at Raipur protesting against the Fake Encounters, Fake Surrenders and Fake Arrests. More details will follow!
We are enclosing herewith two more press releases issued by the PUCL in the past week.
Looking forward to your support and solidarity.
Rajendra K Sail
PUCL statement on Binayak Sen
The People’s Union for Civil Liberties - Chhattisgarh (PUCL) has strongly condemned the attempt by the Chhattisgarh Police in implicating Human Rights Activists in Naxal activities, especially in the matter of “illegal detention” of Mr. Piyush Guha, who has been wrongfully confined in police custody for six days without even following the guidelines provided by the Supreme Court in the D K Basu Vs. State of West Bengal. PUCL plans to carry out a concerted campaign to expose the designs of the Chhattisgarh Government in discrediting the human rights organisations and movement, which has creatively contributed to the preservation and promotion of human rights in particular, and the gross violations committed by the various governments in Chhattisgarh during the past 30 years. PUCL is also contacting its national leadership to explore the possibility of legal action in this regard.
In an emergency meeting of the State Unit today at Raipur, the Chhattisgarh PUCL has also taken strong objection to the “falsehoods” and “insinuations” being spread by the Chhattisgarh Police regarding the person’s absence from his house. In fact, Dr. Binayak Sen and his family have gone to Kolkotta to be with their family during summer holidays since 1st of May 2007, which was planned long ago. However, without verifying this fact, the Chhattisgarh Police has tried to create an impression as if Dr. Sen had vanished after the incident of “illegal detention” of Mr. Piyush Guha.
In a statement issued today by Adv Rajendra K Sail, President of Chhattisgarh PUCL, it has been categorically stated that Dr. Binayak Sen is not only the General Secretary of the Chhattisgarh PUCL, but has played a prominent role in defending and promoting human rights not only in Chhattisgarh but also in the country. Dr. Binayak Sen is also presently the Vice-President of the National PUCL.
The PUCL considers this as an attempt to discredit the Human Rights Activists and Organisations in the wake of facts coming out in the open about recent fake encounters in Panjher and Santoshpur villages of Bijapur Tahsil of Dantewara District in Chhattisgarh, in which more than a dozen citizens were not only murdered in cold blood but also buried without fulfilling any legal formalities like post-mortem and decent burial with religious rites. Their bodies were recently exhumed from a mass grave at the orders of the State Human Rights Commission, and the post-mortem conducted revealed bullet injuries on their bodies.
PUCL has further stated that there is a public uproar on the growing police brutality in Chhattisgarh and deliberate destruction of democratic aspirations of the peace-loving people, which has been amply demonstrated in demands by various political parties, civil society organisations, prominent citizens, especially the adivasi and dalit leaders for a high level enquiry into these incidents of State Violence.
The PUCL would like to assert the fact that meeting and providing legal aid to the victims of human rights violations by the State was part and parcel of the stated objectives of the PUCL, and it was in fulfilling these tasks and responsibilities as an office-bearer of the PUCL that Dr. Sen had been functioning with faith and commitment. All such activities are not only Constitutional and legal, but produced the required results as the “illegalities” and “corruption” in Jails, Custodial Deaths, Fake Encounters, Fake Surrenders and Fake Arrests etc., have been made public and acted upon by various Courts in the country.
Rajendra k Sail
PUCL statement on fake encounters
The People’s Union for Civil Liberites - Chhattisgarh (PUCL) has demanded Enquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in all Extra-judicial killings in Chhattisgarh since 2005. The issue has acquired serious proportions in the wake of the fake encounter case at Santoshpur in Bijapur, where not less than 12 innocent citizens were killed by the State Police. Attempts to cover up such violations by the Chhattisgarh Police of human rights and legal processes enshrined in the Constitution of India now need to be thoroughly investigated by the CBI and the Judicial Enquiry Committee, as the Chhattisgarh Government has lost the moral and legal right to do so. Such an investigation must also include killings and other crimes committed by the Salwa-Judum with the active connivance of the State Police.
In a press statement issued today, Adv Rajendra K Sail, President of Chhattisgarh PCL has categorically demanded arrests of those police officials whose complicity in the Santoshpur Fake Encounters have been established.
The Chhattisgarh PUCL has also expressed concern that the guidelines issued by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in the cases of extra-judicial killings have not been followed by the Chhattisgarh Government, in spite of repeated reminders by the Chairperson of the NHRC.
The Chhattisgarh PUCL will an Intervention Application in the WRIT PETITION (CRI) NO. 14 OF 2007 ( Smt. Leda Versus UNION OF INDIA & ORS) pending before the Chhattisgarh High Court. It may be recalled that Smt. Leda, wife of a member of the Community Party of India (Maoist) name Ramesh Nagashia has alleged that her husband has been killed by the police in a fake encounter in front of her eyes and she was also raped. The Chhattisgarh High Court has issued notice to several police officials and the Central and State Governments in this matter.
Adv Rajendra K Sail, President of Chhattisgarh PUCL has categorically stated that Chhattisgarh Government has been committing crimes against humanity in the name of “curbing naxalism” for the past two years. The Chhattisgarh PUCL has, time and again, brought this gross violation of human rights through various fact finding studies. That is why, the PUCL State Convention held on 14th & 15th April, 2007 at Ambikapur had deliberated on the Theme: “FAKE ENCOUNTER, FAKE SURRENDERS AND FAKE CASES”. Chhattisgarh PUCL has always maintained that “extra-judicial killings” serve as the barometer for the state of human rights in any region or country. Going by such a barometer, the state of Human Rights is deteriorating day-by-day in Chhattisgarh with the increase in Encounter and Custodial deaths.
Rajendra K Sail