Memorandum on political prisoners submitted by APDR to the Hooghly district administration

June 26, 2011

Recently, a five member APDR team submitted a Memorandum on Political Prisoners to the District Magistrate, Hooghly.

Click here to read the memorandum in Bengali

The submitted document contains the following –
(1) APDR Hooghly Memorandum addressed to the Chief Minister (through DM Hooghly)
(2) APDR Hooghly Memorandum addressed to the DM Hooghly
(3) Lists attached with the memorandums (all in English) –
Annexure 1 : Cases pending in courts in connection with Ganges Jute Mill Wokers’ Movement in 2007 (Magra Police Station)
Annexure 2 : Some of the Cases pending in courts in connection with Itachuna Primary Health Centre Movement in 2007 (Panduah Police Station)
Annexure 3 : A few Illustrative Police Cases against the People of Singur
Annexure 4 : An Incomplete List of Political Prisoners from Hooghly for alleged Maoist Activities

In the memorandum, the following demands were made to the newly elected government in West Bengal :

(i) It should immediately make a policy decision on the unconditional release of all political prisoners (imprisoned, under trial or on bail) and immediately take all steps for a quick implementation of that.
(ii) It should immediately withdraw all cases that have been filed against all mass organisations engaged in workers-peasants’ struggles, environmental struggles, struggles for right to livelihood or right to natural resources (water,land,forest) like in Singur, Nandigram, Lalgarh and other places.
(iii) It should immediately withdraw the joint forces from Lalgarh area and also bring an immediate end to using UAPA in West Bengal.
(iv) It should immediately set up inquiries into all incidents of police repression, all atrocities committed on undertrials/prisoners and all killings carried out by fake encounters – the guilty should be adequately punished and the victims should be adequately compensated. It should also take steps such that incidents are not repeated in future.
(v) It should allow representatives of APDR to visit all jails so that detailed informations regarding political prisoners can be obtained and also for observing the actual conditions inside the jails.