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CONDEMN THE ARREST OF THE MEMBERS OF THE ALL INDIA FACT FINDING TEAM TO VISIT LALGARH BY THE WEST BENGAL GOVERNMENT!

Posted by Admin on July 2, 2009

COMMITTEE FOR THE RELEASE OF POLITICAL PRISONERS
185/3, FOURTH FLOOR ZAKIR NAGAR, NEW DELHI

CONDEMN THE ARREST OF THE MEMBERS OF THE ALL INDIA FACT FINDING TEAM TO VISIT LALGARH BY THE WEST BENGAL GOVERNMENT!

CONDEMN THE ARREST OF THE DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER GOPAL MENON WHO WAS PART OF THE TEAM!

RELEASE ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE FACT FINDING TEAM IMMEDIATELY AND UNCONDITIONALLY!

The CRPP strongly condemn the high handed authoritarian attitude of the West Bengal government to brow beat all public opinion towards its murderous suppression of the Adivasis of Lalgarh and Jangal Mahal. No other government committed to democratic principles will dare stop a Fact Finding Team comprising of lawyers, social activists, women’s activists, filmmakers and trade unionists. It shows that the government of West Bengal would loathe the fact of its violent act on the Adivasis coming to the light of the freedom loving people in the subcontinent and worldwide. The outright anti-democratic, authoritarian nature of the West Bengal government is further evident from its brazen refusal to let the International Team of the Amnesty International from visiting the region of Lalgarh.

The All India Fact Finding Team was detained at the Midnapore station in the evening of 27 June 2009 while on their way to Lalgarh. They were taken to the Midnapore police station and was later arrested under 151 Cr PC. The team comprised of Gopal Menon a documentary filmmaker who has been making films on the oppressed nationalities, the marginalized, discriminated and exploited. Apart from the filmmaker, the team comprised of Padma, prominent women’s activist from Chennai, KN Pandit a senior trade unionist and the Central Council Member of the Visthapan Virodhi Jan Vikas Andolan (VVJVA) from Ranchi, Damodar another Central Council Member of VVJVA from Ranchi, Tinku Executive Member of the Revolutionary Democratic Forum (RDF), M.Srinivas from the Patriotic Democratic Forum, Andhra Pradesh, Rajkishore, Secretary (RDF) and Susnato Chatterjee the assistant of the filmmaker.

The CRPP request all freedom loving and democratic sections of the people to protest these outright fascist methods of the CPM-led government who have been insisting that they would politically deal with the Maoists and the people of Lalgarh. Further, the government has been maintaining that they would look forward to the minimum loss of life and destruction of property while dealing with the agitating people of Lalgarh. If they are true to their words then they should allow those who prepared to go and see themselves the modus operandi of the CPM-led government’s way of dealing with the just demands of the people of Lalgarh.

We strongly fear and apprehend that the CPM-led government of West Bengal wants to hide the real face of its brutal repression on the people of Lalgarh and Jangal Mahal. We strongly demand the immediate release of all the members of All India Fact Finding team. We also appeal to the international community and all democratic sections in the subcontinent to raise their voice against suppression of the genuine right to freedom of movement and right to information of the people.

In Solidarity,

  
Gurucharan Singh                    Amit Bhattacharyya                        SAR Geelani
President                                Secretary General                           Vice President


Rona Wilson
Secretary Public Relations

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