Arrest of the General Secretary of the Chhattisgarh State branch of the PUCL,
Dr Binayak Sen, on trumped up charges condemned
May 15, 2007
Dr Y P Chhibbar, General Secretary, People’s Union for Civil Liberties, has issued the following statement:
Concern about the safety of Dr Binayak Sen
“The PUCL strongly condemns the arrest of the General Secretary of the Chhattisgarh State branch of the PUCL, Dr Binayak Sen, on trumped up charges under the Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act 2005 and the unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 as amended in 2004. These laws do not have provisions like bail, appeal, etc.
“The PUCL is specially concerned on the development of events in the wake of the wave of custodial violence cases unfolding in various parts of the country after the revelation of the fake encounter case of Sohrabuddin Sheikh in Gujarat.
“The PUCL is also concerned about the illegal detention of Shri Piyush Guha, who has been in detention for more than a week in contravention of Supreme Court guidelines.
“The National General Secretary of the PUCL has sent the case to the National Human Rights Commission. “The undersigned has been receiving anxious enquiries abouSt the wellbeing of Dr Binayak Sen from all over the country from members of the PUCL and also from other fraternal organisations. He is thankful to all of them and appeals to them to send letters of concern to the NHRC and the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh”.
[ Also see,
Detention of Dr. Binayak Sen under two black laws in itself a repressive and motivated police act
-- PUCL Chhattisgarh statement
Condemn arrest of Dr. Binayak Sen - PUDR statement ]