CDRO Press Release on Narayan Sanyal, 9th October 2012

October 11, 2012

Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisations, CDRO, condemns the move by Jharkhand police to prevent Narayan Sanyal from coming out of jail. Narayan Sanyal is a senior politbureau member of CPI (Maoist) who was granted bail in all three cases against him. On 8th October, 2012 SP Hazaribagh accompanied by an Inspector arrived at Hazaribagh Central Jail to search his cell claiming they had information that he was in possession of a mobile phone inside the jail premises. Subsequently, they claimed to have discovered a mobile phone and used this excuse to keep him incarcerated. Narayan Sanyal was arrested in December 2005 by the Chattisgarh police but he was officially shown as having been arrested by Andhra Pradesh police. He was then implicated along with Binayak Sen and Piyush Guha in the notorious fabricated case.

The manner in which police and prosecutor are deliberately preventing CPI(Maoist) leaders from being released on bail—by either re-arresting them under preventive detention as in Sushil Roy’s case in 2011, and/or foisting trumped up case as has been done against Narayan Sanyal—clearly makes a mockery of the government claim that we live under Rule of Law. Surely, if a person is granted bail, then it stands to reason that he/she should be released too. What the latest instance yet again reveals is how police and agencies work to subvert the criminal justice system and holds the judiciary in contempt.

While CDRO is moving the NHRC against such blatant violation of judicial orders we urge all democratic minded people to note this new trend which is accelerating the process of lawlessness that has come to characterise the conduct of Indian police and agencies.

Asish Gupta
Kranti Chaitanya
(Co-ordinators CDRO)

Member Organizations: Association for Democratic Rights (AFDR, Punjab), Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee (APCLC), Association for Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR, West Bengal), Bandi Mukti Committee (West Bengal), Committee for Protection of Democratic Rights (CPDR, Mumbai), Coordination for Human Rights (COHR, Manipur), Human Rights Forum (HRF, Andhra), Lokshahi Hak Sangathana (LHS, Maharashtra), Manab Adhikar Sangram Samiti (MASS, Assam), Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR), Organisation for Protection of Democratic Rights (OPDR, Andhra), Peoples Committee for Human Rights (PCHR, Jammu and Kashmir), Peoples Democratic Forum (PDF, Karnataka), Peoples Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) Chhattisgarh, PUCL Jharkhand, PUCL Nagpur, PUCL Rajasthan, ,PUCL Tamilnadu, Peoples Union For Democratic Rights (PUDR, Delhi), Peoples Union for Human Rights (PUHR, Haryana), Assansol Civil Rights Association (West Bengal).