ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Condemn Arrest of Binayak Sen

We strongly condemn the arrest of Binayak Sen, general secretary, People’s Union for Civil Liberties, Chhattisgarh [PUCL (Chhattisgarh)] and vice-president, PUCL (national) under the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), 2004 and Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act (CSPSA), 2006. Binayak Sen is a very well respected civil rights activist of longstanding who has the rare ability to integrate his medical profession with his activism. He had come to Bilaspur on May 13 to attend his clinic and was informed by the city SP, Bilaspur to reach the local thana for recording of statement. When he reached the thana, he was arrested.

The arrest of Binayak Sen has come after a week long false charges by the SP Raipur that he is a Naxalite. In the last few days, the police had made similar public statements against some other PUCL (Chhattisgarh) activists and democratic rights activists, including Rashmi Dwivedi and Gautam Bandopadhyay.

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