Punjab: Surjit Singh Phul, State President of Bharti Kissan Union (Krantikari) arrested
Posted by Admin on November 20, 2009
On 17.11.09, Sh. Surjit Singh Phul, State President of Bharti Kissan Union (Krantikari) was abducted by a contingent of Punjab Police, when he came to attend hearing in a court case in the court of Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate Phul, District Bathinda Punjab.
The intention of the police was to keep him in illegal custody & torture for some days and then produce before the court. But the leaders of BKU (Ekta-Ugrahan) who were present on the spot, along with a large number of democratic minded advocates, drew the attention of the court towards this illegal act of the police.
Consequently the SDJM summoned the SHO Police Station Phul, who admitted arresting Sh. Surjit Singh in case FIR No. 94 dated 17.11.09 under Section 10 & 13 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967.
As per FIR, Sh. Surjit Singh is alleged to be closely linked with CPI Maoist and is supporting its activities of armed struggle against the Indian State in various States such as West Bengal, Jharkhand, Chhatisgarh, Andhra, Orissa etc.
He is further alleged to have mobilised youth for the Maoist activities and was trying to establish Maoist Party in Punjab, by arranging meetings of leaders from other states etc. After arresting him the police has taken him to Interrogation Center at Amritsar for "intensive interrogation".
Various peasant organisations of Punjab have held protest demonstrations demanding the release of Sh. Surjit Singh Phul. This step is viewed as an attempt to crush the peasant movement in Punjab, which has been fighting resolutely against new economic policies of the Govt.