Press Statements

17 Jan 2012
The custodial killing of an adivasi in newly formed Sukhma District of Chattisgarh is yet another reminder of the lawlessness which prevails in Chattisgarh’s Bastar region. Reportedly, Pudiyami Mada a 26 year old adivasi died in Sukma Police Station on 13thJanuary. While the CRPF claims that arrested him on 13th January and handed him over to the police the very same day. The four arrested...
30 Jan 2012
A national seminar was held under the auspices of PUCL in May 2011 deliberating on increasing attack on life and liberty of the people in the country. The participating organisations felt that there are certain anti-democratic laws in the country which are being used against the people and the law on sedition is one of the worst amongst them. For the last few months, PUCL and constituent...
09 Feb 2012
It is with great dismay and outrage that PUDR condemns the award of President’s Police medal to Dantewada Superintendent Ankit Garg. He is the officer accused by Soni Sori of having inflicted grave sexual violence upon her while she was in his custody in Dantewada. Soni Sori is an adivasi teacher who was indicted for having Maoist links and arrested in October 2011. Soni Sori’s case is pending...
20 Feb 2012
People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) condemns the notification issued by the Union Home Ministry on February 5, 2012 which appoints the Director of the National Counter Terrorism Centre as the “designated authority” under S2(e) of the Unlawful Activities(prevention) Act (1967). Thereby he derives concurrent powers to “search and arrest” under S 43A of the UAPA. Para 3.1 of the NCTC...
27 Feb 2012
People's Union for Democratic Rights has drawn public’s attention from time-to-time to the lawless conduct of the security forces in war zones across the country where ‘operation greenhunt’ is being prosecuted. Recent developments reported from Chhattisgarh show that security forces enjoy so much impunity that they have begun to flout even the instructions/orders of the state home minister. And...
05 Mar 2012
 Peoples Union for Democratic Rights is outraged at the brazen claim advanced by the Indian Army that let alone sanction for prosecution, no civil administration can even register a FIR against army personnel without sanction of the Central government. During the hearing on CBI’s complaint against the army for shielding their personnel accused of fake encounter (following the...
21 Mar 2012
 PUDR expresses concern at the abduction of the two Italian nationals by the CPI (Maoist) in Kandamahal-Ganjam region of Orissa on March 14. However,  a larger issue  is raised by this act of abduction namely how even a wrong method can expose a legitimate concern of people desperately trying to get their just demands fulfilled by a government which has reneged on an agreement...
10 Apr 2012
 PUDR strongly condemns the violent demolition of the Nonadanga slums on March 30th in Kolkata, and the subsequent police brutality on peaceful anti-eviction protests followed by the vindictive arrest of activists.   Nonadanga is the area where the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) has been resettling slum dwellers evicted from various parts of Kolkata over the past...
12 Apr 2012
 Condemn the attack on democratic rights activists by TMC goons and Kolkata Police. Drop the false charges and immediately release all anti-eviction and democratic rights activists. Punish the guilty policemen and TMC thugs. CDRO strongly and unequivocally condemns the attack on APDR members protesting against the Nonadanga slum demolition and the arbitrary arrest of anti-eviction activists...
13 Apr 2012
 PUDR is astounded by the West Bengal government’s latest incident of intolerance of dissent and suppression of democratic rights. Media sources state that a professor of Chemistry at Jadavpur University, Ambikesh Mahapatra, was assaulted by TMC hoodlums at his residence and then arrested on 12th April for allegedly circulating, by email, a political cartoon lampooning the chief...
18 Apr 2012
 The Terror of Law is a CDRO (Coordination of Democratic Rights Organization) report which shows how and why the UAPA curbs the freedoms provided by Article 19 [Protection of Freedoms] for expression, assembly and association against one section of political opinion. Like its predecessors TADA & POTA did, UAPA virtually disenfranchises a section of the people. The report points out that...
24 Apr 2012
Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisation (CDRO), comprising of 20 civil and democratic rights organisations from across India decided to undertake a fact finding into the impact of big/mega dam projects coming up in the North Eastern states  on the life and livelihood of the people. Reportedly more than 168 MoUs/MoAs have been signed by the Arunachal Pradesh government alone.  ...
30 Apr 2012
 PUDR condemns the Central Governments admission of its ‘arrest or kill’ policy against Naxalites, before the Standing Committee on Home Affairs by the Home Secretary, Mr. R.K. Singh on April 4, 2012.  From the time, that the Prime Minister first identified ‘Left Wing Extremism’ as the single largest threat, to the massive deployment of paramilitary forces in...
15 May 2012
 PUDR strongly condemns the ongoing repression by the state on the peaceful protest against the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project in Tamil Nadu particularly since 8 May 2012. It condemns the policy of using tactics of threat and intimidation to crush a democratic movement. The clampdown began shortly after the People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE), which is leading the local...
15 May 2012
 PUDR is concerned at the alleged encounter killing by a joint team of Assam Police, CRPF and Indian Army in which four alleged armed cadres of the Upper Assam Leading Committee of CPI (Maoist) were killed on 9 May at Borgora-Deopani Nepali Gaon under the Saidya police station. We are all the more concerned because PUDR members recently visited Saidya as part of a fact finding organised by...

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