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Kobad Ghandy abducted, illegally detained: Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP)

Posted by Admin on September 25, 2009

Ghandy abducted, illegally detained, alleges CRPP

Ghandy’s lawyer alleged that the accused does not know the charges on which he was arrested as he has not been given an FIR copy Sadiq Naqvi Delhi Hardnews

The Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP) alleged that Kobad Ghandy was abducted and illegally detained by intelligence officers.

Speaking at a press conference, secretary-general of CRPP, Prof Amit Bhattacharya said, "After the meeting of lawyer, Rajesh Tyagi, with Ghandy on September 24, 2009, the details of his arrest and ill-treatment by the police have come to light." He alleged that Ghandy was arrested on September 17, 2009 from Bhikaji Cama Place around 4 pm. Some people, who identified themselves as Intelligence officials, detained him. He alleged he was kept under illegal detention for four days and interrogated. He was also tortured, it was alleged.

Emphasising on the deteriorating health of Ghandy, Bhattacharya said he was in town for a health check-up at the Sitaram Bhartiya Hospital. He had been diagnosed with a high possibility of prostate cancer. Hardnews learnt that Ghandy had requested the chief metropolitan magistrate to provide him medical aid. He was then reportedly taken to Bara Hindu Rao Hospital for several tests. CRPP alleged that Ghandy is not even being given sorbitol, essential for cardiac patients after he was shifted to Tihar. It termed this as a conspiracy to shorten his life.

Meanwhile, Tyagi attacked the police for not providing a copy of the FIR. He said, "This is a peculiar case in the sense that the FIR has been sealed by the police. Even the accused does not know about the charges on which he has been arrested as he has not been given the copy of the FIR."

The lawyer says this is hampering the judicial process as even a bail plea cannot be filed without a copy of the FIR. When Hardnews contacted, spokesperson of the Delhi Police, he refused to comment.

The CRPP is planning to move the Delhi High Court to press the police for a copy of the FIR.

Earlier, according to the official version, Ghandy was arrested on September 21, 2009 from Bhikaji Cama Place in Delhi. He was termed as a prize catch by the Delhi Police as he is alleged to be a top ranking member of the banned CPI (Maoist). Naxal violence has killed 721 people in 2008 alone. Hard News

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