PUDR strongly condemns the recent attacks by police and jail officials on undertrial political prisoners, Hem Mishra and Vivekananda, in Nagpur and Madurai Central prisons, respectively. On 20 March 2015, when Hem Mishra was being taken to the Government Medical Hospital for treatment, he was beaten up by the police because he demanded that he be freed of handcuffs. The police assaulted him, tore off his shirt and threatened to ‘see’ him. Mishra, a cultural activist and student of Jawharlal Nehru University and arrested under UAPA in 2013, suffers from a hand deformity from birth.
10 May 2014
PUDR condemns the abduction and arrest of G.N. Saibaba by men in mufti in broad daylight, on 9th afternoon. Dr. Saibaba, an Assistant Professor of English in Ram Lal Anand College was returning home around 1 p.m. after participating in the University’s examination evaluation work in North Campus when his car was stopped and he was blindfolded and whisked away by plain clothed personnel of the Maharashtra Police. According to latest reports, he has been taken to Nagpur already.
08 Mar 2013
Democracy within its value frame assumes the right to protest as a vital means towards ensuring the guarantee of those rights and values it stands for. However, today we are witnessing a different ‘culture of democracy’ where the right to protest is increasingly becoming not just an empty notion, in fact, protest itself is being turned into an offence. The mass arrest of members and activists of 17 peasants’ and workers’ organizations in Punjab as a preventive act of securing law and order situation is symptomatic of this different ‘culture of democracy’.
11 Feb 2013
Dandapani Mohanty, a social rights activist in Odisha was illegally abducted by plainclothes policemen and has been detained under cases related to incidents that occurred in 2009 and 2010. Additionally, non bailable sections of the draconian UAPA have been foisted on him, allegedly for having Maoist links. Ironically, on two occasions in 2011 (abduction of V. Krishna, Collector, district Malkangiri) and 2012 (abduction of two Italian tourists in Kandamahal-Ganjam region), the government had sought out and used Mohanty as an interlocutor between them and the Maoists.
07 Nov 2012
The West Bengal High Court judgement of August 2012 granting ‘political prisoner’ status to seven members of the People’s Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA) clarifies and reinforces the provision of law as stipulated in West Bengal Correctional Service Act 1992 and the definition of political prisoner therein. PUDR welcomes the judgement to the extent that it brushes aside the mystique woven by lower courts in denying the status of political prisoner to PCPA members on insubstantial grounds despite the law being vivid and clear on it.