West Bengal – APDR, PUDR, APCLC appeal to NHRC on condition of Sushil Ray

September 5, 2012

To

Chairperson
National Human Rights Commission of India
Faridkot House, Copernicus Marg New Delhi -110001 INDIA

We’re deeply concerned by plight of an accused, Mr. Sushil Roy, who is at the same time, a victim of police vendetta and abuse of law. The information collected by us is given below for your appropriate intervention for his release to avoid his custodial death. The Apex Court recently released 80 years old and ailing Pakistani virologist, Dr Khalil Chishty, on humanitarian grounds and on many other occasions, we’ve seen our wise Judiciary to come out with firm indictments to save the life of our citizens. Mr. Shusil Roy wrote in a letter to the West Bengal Ex. Chief Miinister that the police officer had told him “You are not telling anything, only stories. I will frame you in such a case that you have to be in jail for the rest of your life and you will die in jail.” We, therefore, put before you our earnest prayer to save the life of Mr. Sushil Roy who has no one but his only younger brother, Dr Shyamal C. Roy, resident of Kolkata, to look after him.

1. Name of the accused: Sushil Roy (75 yrs), an alleged Maoist. Imprisoned for more than 7 years now at Giridih Mandal Kara District Giridih, Jharkhand (for last 8 months)

Address : s/o Late Sukhendu Bhushan Roy
r/o: c/o Dr. Shyamal C. Roy,
North Dhalua, Garia, P.S. Sonarpur,
Kolkata – 700152.West Bengal.

3. Date of arrest : 21st May, 2005 and produced in CJM Court at Midnapore, West Bengal on May 23, 2005.

4. Nature of arrest : Political and not in accordance with the Supreme Court Guidelines as set in the D.K. Basu Order and Judgment.

5. Imprisonment : Nearly 87 months.

6. Implications : In 12 cases:

a) 4 Cases in West Bengal (granted bail in three and conviction in one by a fast-track court on March 17, 2006; but, later granted bail by Kolkata HC on October 06, 2006),

b) Thereafter, implicated in another 6 Cases in West Singhbhum, Jharkhand (bails granted in five and acquittal in one).

c. Further detained for a year from August, 2010 under the NSA and on 17th of August, 2011, two more cases were invoked against him again in Jharkhand (granted bail in one by the Hon’ble HC at Ranchi on July 29, 2012 and appeal for bail (since bail rejection by District and Sessions’ Court at Giridih) in appropriate HC is pending for fear of re-arrest in unknown cases.

7. Health Conditions : Sinking to total blindness with fractured Hip-joint, severe Prostrate enlargement (supposedly non-benign and often urinating blood), excruciating Piles, high BP, Diabetes, Cervical Spondylitis, and Ischemia.

8. Medical care : He is a victim of serious and deliberate medical negligence on the part of custodial authorities.

I earnestly hope that you will please consider his case and recommend the release of the terminally ill 75 yrs old person who already spent more than 7 years in prison on humanitarian ground.

Yours faithfully,

Amitadyuti Kumar
Working President, Association for Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR)

Paramjeet Singh, Preeti Chouhan
Secretaries, PUDR

Chiluka Chandrasekhar
General Secretary, Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee