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AP: Civil Rights Activist K Balagopal Passes Away

Posted by Admin on October 10, 2009

Noted civil rights activist K Balagopal died of cardiac arrest at a hospital here, family source said today.

Balagopal (52) was taken to the hospital at Mehidipatnam in the city last night and he breathed his last while undergoing treatment, they said.

Born in Anantapur district, Balagopal worked in Kakatiya University as a professor but took to practising law nearly a decade ago.

He broke away from the Andhra pradesh Civil Liberties committee, with which he had been associated with since its inception in the 1980s, following differences over the issue of violence perpetrated by the erstwhile CPI-ML People’s War and founded the Human Rights Forum to fight for human rights and civil liberties.

He argued hundreds of cases of human rights violation and encounter killings as an advocate. But he did not just speak out against the state terror, he also spoke out boldly and fearlessly against the violence by the Naxals and Maoists.

His funeral would take place this evening, sources said. Balagopal is survived by his wife and a son. Several human rights activists and political leaders condoled the activist’s death. Outlook

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2 Responses to “AP: Civil Rights Activist K Balagopal Passes Away”

  1. Srini Bodduluri said

    you got his age wrong. he is 57. and he worked as a reader and not a professor. and 100s of cases not all about encounters or human rights but majority of them writ petitions of various kinds…

  2. Federation for People’s Rights (FPR), Puducherry express deep heartfelt condolence for the sudden death of Dr. K. Balagopal, a prominent Human Rights Activist of India and it is a great loss to Human Rights Movement.

    Dr. K. Balagopal, was born in Anantapur District in Andhrapradesh, obtained Doctorate in Mathematics and worked as a lecturer in Kakadia University at warrangal. After leaving his job he dedicated to Human Rights as full time activist.

    On 8th October 2009, due to chest pain, he was taken to a private hospital at Hyderabad and the Doctors there told that he was already dead.

    As General Secretary of “Andhrapradesh Civil Liberties Committee (APCLC)”, he struggled against the state oppression on Naxalite movement. He also concentrated in fighting against the Custodial Violence, Fake Encounter killings and Abolition of Death Penalty.

    Since, he had confident opinion against any form of violence; he developed difference with naxalite movement and quitted APCLC. Then founded “Human Rights Forum (HRF)” and continued his service on Human Rights.

    He worked for more than 10 years as lawyer at Andhrapradesh High Court at Hyderabad and argued to get a historical Judgment on fake encounter that if an encounter occurs, a case should filed under Section 302 IPC against the police personals who involved.

    He was a left intellectual and his uncompromised and honest writings were well recognized by the intellectual community around the world.

    I am closely associated with him from 1993 and in 1996 I was a member in an All India Fact Finding Committee and facing high risk from Police toured with him in naxalite prone four districts of Andhra to probe fake encounter killings.

    In 1998, his voice is the first against the Death Penalty, while 26 persons were awarded Death Sentence in Rajiv Gandhi murder case. Consulting with him, we organised a two day All India Conference in Puducherry for abolition of death penalty in India.

    I also participated in an All India Fact Finding Committee with him to probe the violence against Christians in Orissa and Karnataka. This is the last moment I met him. He concentrated and fought for the poor Tribal people, who were affected by the projects of Special Economic Zones (SEZ) in his last period.

    The people of different walks of life of Andhra including the political leaders of Congress and Marxist – Leninist Parties condoled for his death. I deeply convey my heartfelt condolence to the family members and associates of Dr. K. Balagopal.

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