Press Statements

10 Jan 2011
A spate of political killings in West Bengal, which in few months from now will hold state assembly elections, is a matter of deep concern for PUDR. Hitherto the media and the authorities had confined themselves to condemning killings by the CPI (Maoists) in the Jangalmahal area, in which officially it was claimed that 79 persons lost their lives. But the killing by CPM cadres on January 7th,...
15 Feb 2011
The Additional Sessions Judge, Virender Bhat acquitted Moinuddin Dar and six other Kashmiri men on February 2 this year with the judicial finding that the men had been framed by Delhi Police personnel. The judge has directed that a FIR be lodged against four policemen. The police claim to have had an encounter and recovered an AK-47, magazines, hand grenades and fake currency has been found to...
15 Feb 2011
PUDR Welcomes Supreme Court Judgment passed by the bench of Justice Markandey Katju and Justice Gyan Sudha Mishra People’s Union for Democratic Rights welcomes the recent Supreme Court judgement (Arup Bhuyan v/s the State of Assam) passed by the bench of Justice Markandey Katju and Justice Gyan Sudha Mishra stating: ‘Mere membership of a banned organisation will not make a person a criminal...
17 Feb 2011
Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) urges the CPI (Maoist) to ensure that no harm comes to V. Krishna, Collector Malkangiri district of Orissa as well as Pavitra Mohan Majhi a junior engineer taken hostage by them. We wish to also state that hostage-taking is a condemnable act and linking of demands with the release of captives is an unacceptable way to draw public attention to the...
08 Mar 2011
PUDR condemns the killing of Niyamat Ansari in Manika PS area of Latehar district, Jharkhand by members of the CPI (Maoist) on 2 March 2011. Niyamat Ansari and his colleague Bhukan Singh have been active for over a decade raising issues of right to food and employment guarantee. Niyamat was the convenor of the Manika block unit of the Gram Swaraj Abhiyan and the MNREGA Support Centre...
30 Apr 2011
More than 24 hours have passed since reports appeared in the press of the arrest of three Central Committee members of the CPI (Maoist) from Basal Village, Barsoi P.S., District, Katihar on April 29. However, the Bihar police continues to hold custody beyond the mandated time period. PUDR demands that the Bihar police be directed to immediately produce all those arrested and any others...
06 May 2011
6th May 2011 All India Fact Finding -into incidents of alleged encounter and false implication of villagers in anti-Maoist operation An All India Fact Finding team was constituted to look into some incidents of alleged encounter and false implication of villagers in anti-Maoist operation. While Team One covered incidents in Malkangiri and Kashipur, Team Two went to Sundergarh...
24 May 2011
At about 6.oo pm Dr. Sunilam, Aradhana Bhargava and several leaders and activists of the Kisan Sangharsh Samiti were viciously attacked by the goons of Adani Power Limited in Chhindwara district, MP. They were set upon on the Narsinghpur Road near Bhulamoh Gaon by 15-16 goons of Adani . Their car was smashed and they were brutally beaten. Sunilam has sustained a head injury and has fractures in...
28 May 2011
28 May, 2011 Rights Activist Gautam Navlakha Detained at Srinagar Airport In yet another instance of the state’s harassment of civil rights activists and organizations, Gautam Navlakha long term member of the of the Peoples Union for Democratic Rights(PUDR), Delhi, and for long a campaigner against state repression in Jammu and Kashmir, was detained by the J...
03 Jun 2011
3rd June 2011 Peoples Union for Democratic Rights urges the Union Government to commute the death sentence awarded to Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar as well as Mahendra Nath Das. While individual circumstances of the case would bring out mitigating factors there is an issue of miscarriage of justice because their execution would violate the principle of jurisprudence which lays down that a...
05 Jun 2011
5 June 2011 People’s Union for Democratic Rights strongly condemns the midnight crackdown on thousands of people staging a ‘Satyagraha’ and hunger strike at Ramlila Maidan with Baba Ramdev for demands related to corruption and black money. The attack on the protesters was absolutely unwarranted as the ‘satyagraha’ was neither causing any law and order problems nor was it disrupting the...
24 Jun 2011
PEOPLE’S UNION FOR DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS Press Release 24/06/2011 Release Akhil Gogoi immediately! Stop the unjust evictions of people from around Guwahati city! PUDR strongly condemns the undemocratic and arbitrary arrest of Akhil Gogoi, RTI activist and leader of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS). His arrest comes in the wake of police brutality and firing on people protesting their...
06 Jul 2011
People’s Union for Democratic Rights welcomes the recent judgment delivered by the Supreme Court in which it has struck down as ‘unconstitutional’ the practice of arming local tribal youth as special police officers (SPOs) in order to fight the Maoists. It has asked the state government to: • immediately stop using SPOs, • recall all firearms distributed to them, • desist from funding the...
12 Jul 2011
The People's Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) welcomes the CPI (Maoist)'s statement following the landmark judgement of the Supreme Court on the Salwa Judum reassuring the SPOs' that the Maoists don't see them as enemies. The Maoists have extended their co-operation towards ensuring a smooth transition for the SPOs by undertaking the responsibility of rehabilitating them and ensuring their...
29 Jul 2011
People’s Union for Democratic Rights, Delhi (PUDR) condemns the threats being issued by the CPI (Maoist) party to members of the Gram Swaraj Abhiyan and to others investigating and protesting against the killing of Niyamat Ansari at Manika block in Jharkhand. Niyamat Ansari, the convenor of Manika block unit of Gram Swaraj Abhiyan and the MNREGA Support Centre was killed on 2 March this year...

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