Punjab: Protest march and rally for Binayak Sen and companions

January 9, 2011

PROTEST MARCH & RALLY FOR RELEASE OF Dr. BINAYAK SEN & HIS COMPANIONS

Jan 9 2011. Report received from Democratic Front Against Operation Green Hunt, Punjab.

On a call of the Democratic Front Against Operation Green Hunt, Punjab, a protest march and rally was organized at Bathinda on 8th January 2011.

In chilling cold, protestors, including a good number of intellectuals, peasants, agricultural laborers, women, students, youth & children assembled at the local Teachers Home lawn. N.K.Jeet Advocate, State Committee Member of the Democratic Front described in detail, how Dr. Sen and his co-accused were implicated in a false criminal case, as he raised his voice against violation of democratic & human rights of tribals under the Salwa Judam campaign and expropriation of the mineral wealth lying underneath the tribal areas of Chhattisgarh, by imperialist Multi National Companies. The rules of evidence have been changed under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and the Chhattisgarh Special Security Act, putting the burden of proving his innocence on the accused. He further said that the conviction & sentencing of Dr. Binayak Sen is a warning to all pro-people intellectuals, human rights activists and social workers. Dr Sen, a heart patient, has already spent over two years in prison from May 2007 to May 2009 and was released on bail by the Indian Supreme Court.

Sh. Attarjit Singh Kahanikar, another State Committee member, rendered a beautiful poem dedicated to Dr. Sen calling upon the people to fight this brutal attack on the democratic movement. Sh. Bagga Singh, President Association For Democratic Rights, Punjab and Sh. Jagmohan Kaushal President Teachers Home Trust Bathinda and a noted educationist, described the conviction & sentencing of Dr. Binayak Sen & his companions as a black spot on the face of Indian Democracy. They said that in our country corrupt politicians claim themselves to be patriot even after swindling lakhs of crores in kick-backs, but those who dedicatedly serve the people, are branded as traitors and put in jail.

The protestors, carrying banners and placards, marched through the crowded city bazaars, raising slogans demanding release of Dr. Binayak Sen and his companions, repeal of black laws and an end to operation Green Hunt.

The protest march culminated in District Court Bathinda, where a rally was held. Master Jagmail Singh, addressed the rally, demanding immediate release of Dr. Binayak Sen & his companions. He said, it was a matter of shame to Indian citizens everywhere that the world’s largest democratic country cannot tolerate criticism and non-violent human rights activism. This attitude of intolerance should invite widest possible condemnation. Lok Kala Manch Mansa, staged a Nukkad Natak (Street Play) ” KURSI NAACH NACHAYE “, portraying the politicians deep lust for power and betrayal of the people by them.

The rally ended demanding immediate release of Dr. Binayak Sen & his co-accused Narayan Sanyal and Piyush Guha, repeal of all anti-people black-laws and putting an end to Operation Green Hunt.

N.K.JEET Advocate
State Committee Member,
Democratic Front Against Operation Green Hunt, Punjab.