Press Statements

15 Jan 2010
The Delhi Metro is considered to be the pride of Delhi, paving the way for Delhi to become a world class city. Its increase is being planned and lauded to provide better public transport system. As part of this expanding network and to connect more and more people, Metro feeder buses are used. 120 Feeder buses are being run which connect Metro Stations to different places in Delhi. The...
19 Feb 2010
Peoples Union for Democratic Rights is outraged by the massacre of 12 people, including women and children, and wounding of 50 others on 17 February in Phulwaria-Korasi village of Jamui district of Bihar allegedly by the CPI (Maoist). The massacre is reported to be in retaliation for killing of eight Maoist cadres on 1 February, who were allegedly taken into custody and then killed by the...
26 Feb 2010
People’s Union for Democratic Rights strongly condemns the cold blooded murder of Lalmohan Tudu, leader of People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities by the Central Reserve Paramilitary Forces on February 23, 2010 at Kantapahari near Lalgarh. It has been reported that Lalmohan Tudu was killed in an ‘encounter’ along with his relatives Yuvraj and Suchitra. The IG CRPF, Nageshwar Rao condoned...
23 Mar 2010
PUDR condemns the wide scale arrest of peasant leaders and activists belonging to the Committee on Agrarian Crisis, made up of various farmers organisations, in Punjab by the state police over the last one week. The latest to be arrested include office bearers of BKU- Ekta (Dakonda) such as Balkar Singh, State President, Ram Singh, State Cashier, Satnam Singh, General Secretary (Patiala unit)...
16 Apr 2010
Report of an Investigation into Illegal Police Action and Violation of Rights of Construction Labour at the site of the Eros Five Star Hotel and Shopping Plaza, Mayur Vihar A clash between police and construction workers at the Eros Group’s Five Star Hotel and Shopping Plaza construction site in Mayur Vihar police station area on 14 April 2010 was reported in the press. Given that PUDR is...
18 Apr 2010
The Coordination Of Democratic Rights Organizations (CDRO) strongly denies the allegation that the eight member human rights team that visited Purbi Singhbhum from 14th -16th April had Maoist links. The team was a CDRO team, an organization of which both PUCL Jharkhand and PUCL national are constituents together with other civil rights organization like APDR, CPDR, APCLC, PUDR, MASS, NPMHR,...
07 May 2010
The most recent alert (regarding use of section 39, UAPA) issued by the government in so called ‘public interest’ has brought out in the open what had so far been implicit in its anti-Maoist policy. The purpose of the circular is to intimidate voices of protests and dissent over government policies, particularly Operation Green Hunt. The statement criminalizes dissent and makes a mockery of...
14 May 2010
PUDR strongly condemns the reign of violence that the Orissa government has been unleashing on people’s movements protesting against the forcible acquisition of their land and forests for big industry. On May 12 once again one tribal has been killed and several others injured at Kalinganagar in a police firing. The victims were activists of Bisthapan Birodhi Manch protesting against the...
18 May 2010
PUDR strongly condemns the recent CPI (Maoist) attacked targeting a local passenger bus resulting in the indiscriminate killing of 11 SPOs and 24 civilians in Dantewada. We also strongly condemn the state to allow its security personnel to board on civilian bus whereby civilian population are used as human shield. Such acts whereby civilians fall victim are unacceptable and irresponsible (both...
25 May 2010
Following reports of arrest and torture of farmer and rural worker activists in Punjab under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, the People’s Union for Democratic Rights, Delhi (PUDR) and the Sangrur district unit of the Association For Democratic Rights, Punjab (AFDR) sent a fact-finding team. The team met one of those arrested, Mr. Surjeet Singh Phool, President of the BKU Krantikari. It...
30 May 2010
Gyaneshwari Express Sabotage Indefensible Institute Inquiry and Discourage Rumour-mongering and Witch-hunting Friday morning’s derailment of the Gyaneshwari Express either due to sabotage or explosion as per media reports in which so far 136 people have already lost their lives is highly reprehensible and completely indefensible. PUDR strongly condemns whichever organization is responsible...
09 Jun 2010
PUDR believes that the latest judgment on the Bhopal gas leak of 1984 is a complete farce and absolutely criminal in the gap between the enormity of the crime and the punishment meted out to the offenders, a direct reflection of the gap between the social location of the victims and the accused. But more than the lower judiciary which delivered the verdict, it is the Supreme Court which is at...
09 Jun 2010
PUDR believes that the latest judgment on the Bhopal gas leak of 1984 is a complete farce and absolutely criminal in the gap between the enormity of the crime and the punishment meted out to the offenders, a direct reflection of the gap between the social location of the victims and the accused. But more than the lower judiciary which delivered the verdict, it is the Supreme Court which is at...
20 Jun 2010
PUDR strongly condemns the unwarranted arrests and detention of three members of a fact finding team investigating into the atrocities committed by the police and the paramilitary forces in Lalgarh on June 15, 2010. All three, Nisha Biswas, Kanishka Chowdhury and Manik Mondal, professionals working in Kolkata, have been charged with multiple false cases under various sections including waging...
06 Jul 2010
Since June 11, 11 innocent civilians have been killed by security forces in Kashmir in what can only be described as highly undemocratic and callous attitude of Indian establishment towards the people of Kashmir. There has been continuous unrest since the Machil killings by the Indian Army in late April this year. The military had claimed that it had foiled an infiltration bid by killing three...

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