Statements of Radical Socialist

Statement on the Arrest of Chhatradhar Mahato

 

Statement on the Arrest of Chhatradhar Mahato and the Extension of State Terror in West Bengal


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 PCAPA. 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 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
  • We demand the immediate 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.

 

Signed
Individuals

1. Dr. James D. Cockcroft, Ph.D., writer and online professor SUNY
2. Nivedita Majumdar, John Jay College, New York City
3. Nandini Sundar
4. Paresh Chattopadhyay, University of Quebec
5. Raj Kumar Hans, Fellow, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Simla
6. Kajri Jain, Centre for Visual and Media Culture, University of Toronto, Mississauga
7. Stavros Skevos, General Secretary of PASETIM (WIND) Employees’ Union
8. Sofia Theodoropoulou, President of Panhellenic VODAFONE-PANAFON Employees’ Union
9. Margarita Koutalaki, member of the Administrative Board of the Alimentation Union of Thessaloniki
10. Sofia Karasarlidou, member of the Administrative Board of the Public Teachers’ Union (DOE) of Thessaloniki
11. Christos Zakas, member of the Administrative Board of the Pharmaceutics Students’ Union, University of Thessaloniki
12. Immanuel Ness, Professor, CUNY
13. Aparna Sundar, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
14. Maroona Murmu, Jadavpur University
15. Bhaskar Gupta , Jadavpur University
16. Sudeshna Banerjee, Jadavpur University
17. Arabinda Samanta, Burdwan University
18. Ron Lare, retired, former Guide, UAW Local 600
19. Judy Wraight, former Tool & Die Exec Board member, UAW Local 600
20. Chandra Siddan, Filmmaker, Toronto
21. Santanu Chacravertti
22. Rukmini Sen, NUJS
23. Swapna
24. Chandrasmita Choudhury, Sara Bharat Pragatisheel Mahila Samiti
25. Ashoke Rana
26. Mohan Mukherjee
27. Biswanath Chakraborty
28. Asish Jana
29. Sunil Chandra Das
30. Chitta Santra
31. Pradip Saha
32. Suman Paul
33. Sadhan Chakraborty
34. Biswajit Bandyopadhyay
35. Sribash Tewari
36. Tarun Roy
37. Gautam Chakraborty
38. Tapan Ganguly
39. Partha Das
40. Jette Kromann, Copenhagen
41. Ritwik Bhattacharyya, Research Scholar, Princeton University
42. Ranu Roy Choudhury, Research Scholar, Chicago University
43. Bobby Kunhu
44. Jagori Bandyopadhyay
45. Aaron Siegfried, USA
46. Rohit Prajapati
47. Trupti Shah

Organisations


1. Radical Socialist, India
2. International Socialist Organization, USA
3. Sanhati
4. South Asian Peoples Forum, Toronto
5. International Workers League-Fourth International
6. Sosialistiki Spoudastiki Pali, Greece
7. Antepithesi ton Ergazomenon, Greece
8. Salaried Teachers’ Union of Thessaloniki
9. Personal Nurses’ Union of Macedonia