[Marxism] [Sanhati] India: CPI(M) Intensifies State Repression in Kolkata

Politicus E. epoliticus at gmail.com
Tue Oct 6 14:31:51 MDT 2009

Sanhati Statement on arrest of activists involved with the Lalgarh movement

6 October 2009

We strongly condemn the political witch-hunt that the West Bengal
government has launched, arresting activists involved in the Lalgarh
movement and charging them under the draconian Unlawful Activities
Prevention Act (UAPA), alleging their links with Maoists. We deplore
the atmosphere of fear that the West Bengal government has built up in
the state, talking about “lists of people” to be arrested, threatening
intellectuals and students who had expressed support for the Lalgarh
movement and arresting activists based on fabricated charges. The
democratic fabric of West Bengal is in grave danger from these actions
of the government; we appeal to everyone to protest against these
actions for which the only description can be: State Terrorism.

List of arrested: Prasun Chattopadhyay, Raja Sarkhel.


Statement on the arrest of Chhatradhar Mahato by Radical Socialist

6 October 2009

The police terror in Lalgarh has now been compounded by attempts to
extend the terror to other parts of West Bengal, including Calcutta.
The arrest of Chhatradhar Mahato, leader of the peoples Committee
Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA) was done in a flagrantly illegal
manner, with police dressed as journalists arresting him, rather than
being in uniform, and not providing the arrest memo in accordance with
a Supreme Court judgement. He has subsequently been subjected to a
media trial, instead of being given fair opportunity to defend
himself. Every day, the police are releasing supposed news about what
he has confessed, while he is held incommunicado and not being allowed
to confer with a lawyer. The police have also planted about 20 cases
against Mahato. It is worth noting that till June 13, 2009, the
Government was in regular dialogue with the PCAOPA. So the allegation
that there are so many cases against him is clearly a police plant.
After his arrest, his so-called confessions are being used to on one
hand carry out his character assassination, by alleging that he has a
Rs. 1 crore (Rs. 10 million or about $ 209950) life insurance policy,
and on the other hand trying to terrorise all those who have supported
the peoples’ movement in Lalgarh, by alleging that they have aided
Maoist terrorism and so forth. No confession can stand in a court of
law as evidence against the accused. So it is the criminal intent of
the senior police officials and the home secretary and the chief
secretary of the Government of West Bengal to influence the court and
the public opinion even before the commencement of the legal
proceedings on Mahato in the court of law.

On October 3, 2009, the Chief Secretary of West Bengal declared that
anyone extending support to the Lalgarh movement would be viewed as
law violators. This is a bid to create terror and destroy the massive
support enjoyed by the Lalgarh movement. Following this tactics, every
evening, media persons are being granted “leakages”, stating one day
that a civil liberties activist was suspected, on another day that a
noted female author was suspected, so that intellectuals and activists
who are fighting for civil liberties and supporting Lalgarh draw back.

We unconditionally condemn this state terrorism. We demand the
immediate scrapping of UAPA, and the release of all those who have
been arrested under UAPA. We also extend solidarity to all those
rights activists who are being threatened by the police and the state
for their defence of civil liberties.

For an extended discussion of this movement, please see

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