A statement issued by different organisations, academicians and activists condemning brazen assault by the state on democratic activities and demanding immediate withdrawal of NIA’s menacing and threatening interrogation notice to Partha Sarathi Ray.  

6 September 2020 

We have come to know that our dear friend and comrade Dr Partho Sarothi Ray, Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), has been summoned by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in connection with the Elgar Parishad-Bhima Koregaon case. He has been asked to present himself before the investigators in Mumbai on 10 September at 11am. 

Partho has been pro-actively involved with peaceful, democratic people’s movements, especially the struggles for the rights of poor and marginalised dalits and adivasis. He is an active member of Persecuted Prisoners’ Solidarity Committee as well as Joint Action Committee for Social Justice. His tireless work in defence of civil liberties and for the release of political prisoners is exemplary. Partho has been ever-present in marches, rallies, and other street programmes with his stirring but lucid speeches and an endearing smile. 

At IISER, Partho has been carrying out extensive and useful research on molecular biology. His pioneering work on viruses has taken him to the lecture-halls in universities and scientific gatherings across the globe. He is a front-runner in the present battle against Covid-19 and his idea of community participation has been successfully implemented in Nadia district, inviting widespread interest. He was among the scientists consulted by the World Health Organization (WHO) to understand the character of the Coronavirus and formulate a policy to tackle the pandemic. 

The harassment of Dr Ray by the NIA is yet another sinister attempt in the fascist regime’s witch-hunt at silencing the voices of dissent and protest. We, the undersigned, strongly condemn this brazen assault on democratic activities and demand immediate withdrawal of NIA’s menacing, threatening interrogation notice. We stand hand-in-hand with Dr Partho Sarothi Ray. 

Signed by

  1. Aamra ek Sachetan Prayas 
  2. Aashita Dawer, Professor, OP Jindal Global University 
  3. Abhay Shukla, JSA
  4. Abhijit Roy, Professor, Jadavpur University 
  5. Achin Chakraborty, Professor, Institute of Development Studies, Kolkata 
  6. Achin Vanaik, Professor (Retd), University of Delhi 
  7. Adibashi Gaonta 
  8. Adibashi Juan Mahal 
  9. Adibashi Samanyaya Mancha 
  10. Aditi Chowdhury, Citizen 
  11. Aditi Roy Ghatak, Journalist 
  12. Aditya Nigam, Professor, CSDS, Delhi 
  13. AJC Bose, Professor, SRCC, University of Delhi 
  14. Alik Chakraborty, CPI (M-L) Red Star 
  15. All India Central Council of Trade Union (AICCTU) 
  16. All India Federation of Trade Unions (AIFTU – new) 
  17. All India Kshet Mazdoor Kisan Sabha (AIKMKS) 
  18. All India People’s Forum (AIPF) 
  19. All India Peoples’ Science Network (AIPSN) 
  20. All India Progressive Women’s Association (AIPWA) 
  21. All India Revolutionary Students’ Organisation (AIRSO) 
  22. All India Revolutionary Women’s Organisation (AIRWO) 
  23. All India Sanjukta Kisan Sabha 
  24. All West Bengal Sales Representatives’ Union (AWBSRU) 
  25. Aloke Mukherjee, CPI (M-L) 
  26. Amal Sanyal 
  27. Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle, IIT Madras 
  28. Ambedkar-Periyar-Phule Study Circle, IIT Bombay 
  29. Ambikesh Mahapatra 
  30. Amit Bhaduri, Professor (Retd), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) 
  31. Amitabha Chakraborty, Activist 
  32. Amra Monbhashi 
  33. Aneek Patrika (Bengali Monthly) 
  34. Anik Dutta, Filmmaker 
  35. Aniket Chattopadhyay, Filmmaker 
  36. Anindita Sarbadhikari, Filmmaker 
  37. Anindya, Blogger 
  38. Anindya Sengupta, Professor, Jadavpur University 
  39. Anish Vanaik, Professor, OP Jindal Global University 
  40. Anomita Sen, Citizen 
  41. Anup Gampa, Asst Professor, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, California 
  42. Anuroop Mallik, Folk Singer 
  43. Anwesha Sengupta, Institute of Development Studies, Kolkata 
  44. Arijit Mitra Smarak Committee 
  45. Arundhati Dhuru, National Alliance of People’s Movements 
  46. Arundhati Roy, Writer 
  47. Arup Baisya, Writer, Silchar 
  48. Arup Dasgupta 
  49. Ashani Natyam 
  50. Ashish Lahiri, Writer, Adjunct Professor, IISER 
  51. Ashok Choudhary, All India Union of Forest Working People (AIUFWP) 
  52. Asit Basu 
  53. Avishek Konar, Professor, OP Jindal Global University 
  54. Avishek Mukherjee 
  55. Ayodhya Buru Bachao Andolan 
  56. Azad Gano Morcha 
  57. Badshah Moitra, Actor 
  58. Baidyanath Sengupta, Editor, Samaj Bignan o Prakriti Parichay Patrika 
  59. Bandi Mukti Committee 
  60. Bharatiya Adibashi Ekata Mancha 
  61. Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya, MP & Former Mayor, Kolkata Municipal Corporation 
  62. Bimal Chakraborty 
  63. Dr Binayak Sen 
  64. Bodhisatya Ray, Radical Socialist 
  65. Central Convening Committee (CCC), No NRC Movement 
  66. Chanchal Chakraborty 
  67. Chandan Sen, Playwright 
  68. Charoibeti 
  69. Chittaroopa Palit, Narmada Bachao Andolan 
  70. Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP), West Bengal 
  71. Confluence, IISER, Mohali 
  72. CP Geevan, Former Senior Environmental Scientist, Independent Researcher 
  73. Das Theke Das Hazaar 
  74. DC Gohain, Jharkhand Krantikari Mazdoor Union 
  75. Debdoot Ghosh 
  76. Debdutta Paul 
  77. Delhi Science Forum, Delhi 
  78. Dhritisree, Theatre Activist 
  79. Dhruv Narayan, Publisher 
  80. Doyeeta Majumder, Professor, Jadavpur University 
  81. Ebong Bisongbad 
  82. Prof. Felix Padel 
  83. Feminists in Resistance 
  84. Forum Against Monopolistic Aggression (FAMA) 
  85. Freny Manecksha 
  86. Dr Fuad Halim, People’s Health Activist 
  87. Ganatantrik Sangrami Udyog 
  88. Gautam Chakraborty 
  89. Githa Hariharan, Writer 
  90. Gorky Chakraborty, Institute of Development Studies, Kolkata 
  91. Goutam Seal 
  92. Harkumar Goswami, Guwahati 
  93. Hosiery Workers’ Unity Centre 
  94. Indian Federation of Trade Union (IFTU) 
  95. Indira Ghose, University of Fribourg, Switzerland 
  96. Indu Chandrasekhar, Publisher 
  97. J Devika, Feminist Historian 
  98. Jadavpur Commune 
  99. Jai Bhim India Network 
  100. Janakalyan o Santras Birodhi Gana Abhijan Mancha, Bagnan 
  101. Janaswasthya Suraksha o Adhikar Mancha, Uluberia 
  102. Jayati Ghosh, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) 
  103. Joint Action Committee for Social Justice 
  104. Joint Platform of Academicians 
  105. Jomi Jibika Bastutantro o Poribesh Raksha Committee 
  106. Joyraj Bhattacharya, Theatre & Social Activist 
  107. Kamayani Bali Mahabal, JSA
  108. Kaushik Sen, Playwright & Actor 
  109. KP Fabian, Ambassador (Retd) 
  110. Kranti Shilpi Sangha 
  111. Krishna Bandyopadhyay, Activist in Women’s Movements 
  112. Kumar Rana, Social Activist 
  113. Kunal Chattopadhyay, Professor, Jadavpur University 
  114. Kuntal Rudra 
  115. Little Magazine Samannaya Mancha 
  116. Mahila Jagaron Samiti, Bagnan 
  117. Manoj Bhattacharya, RSP 
  118. Masood Akhtar 
  119. Mazdoor Kranti Parishad 
  120. Megha Unwer, Professor, Purdue University, Italy 
  121. Miratun Nahar, Writer 
  122. Mitra Sengupta 
  123. Moinak Biswas, Professor, Jadavpur University 
  124. Nagarik Udyog 
  125. National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM), West Bengal 
  126. New Democratic Students’ Front 
  127. New Trade Union Initiative (NTUI) 
  128. Nikhil Banga Mahila Sangha 
  129. Nilanjan Dutta, Writer, Filmmaker, Human Rights Activist 
  130. Nisha Biswas, Activist 
  131. Nitish Roy, Singer 
  132. Nivedita Menon, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) 
  133. Nupur Basu, Bachik Shilpi 
  134. Pamela Philipose, Journalist 
  135. Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, www.paranjoy.in 
  136. Partha Chatterjee, Professor, Columbia University 
  137. Partha S Banerjee, Writer & Retired Journalist 
  138. Paschim Banga Khet Majoor Samity 
  139. Paschim Banga Ganasanskriti Parishad 
  140. People’s Film Collective 
  141. People’s Study Circle 
  142. Persecuted Prisoners’ Solidarity Committee 
  143. Prabhat Patnaik, Professor Emeritus, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) 
  144. Prabir Mukhopadhyay, Teacher (Retd), South Point School 
  145. Pradip Chatterjee, Activist 
  146. Prakriti Sebasram Sangha 
  147. Pramod Gupta, Social Activist 
  148. Pranab Kanti Basu, Professor (Retd), Vishva-Bharati 
  149. Prantajan 
  150. Pratip Nag, Activist 
  151. Progressive Democratic Students’ Federation (PDSF) 
  152. Progressive Plantation Workers’ Union 
  153. Progressive Students’ Union (PSU) 
  154. Progressive Youth League (PYL) 
  155. Pulak Chanda, Professor (Retd), Shyamsundar College 
  156. Purbasha Auddy, Jadavpur University 
  157. Purulia Bauri Samaj Kalyan Samiti 
  158. Rajashri Dasgupta, Social Activist 
  159. Ranjana Padhi, WSS 
  160. Ranjit Sur, Human Rights Activist 
  161. Ratan Khasnabis, Former Professor, Calcutta University 
  162. Ravi Pallur, Political Activist 
  163. Refraction (Magazine) 
  164. Revolutionary Cultural Forum 
  165. Revolutionary Youth and Students’ Federation 
  166. Revolutionary Youth Federation of India (RYFI) 
  167. Revolutionary Youth Front (RYF) 
  168. Right to Food & Work Campaign, West Bengal 
  169. Rimi B Chatterjee, Professor, Jadavpur University 
  170. Ritam Bhaumik, INRIA, Paris 
  171. Ritam Palit, Student Activist 
  172. Romar Correa, Professor, University of Mumbai 
  173. Rongili Biswas, Writer & Musician. Associate Professor, WBES 
  174. Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Actor 
  175. Sabyasachi Chatterjee 
  176. Sabyasachi Deb, Poet 
  177. Sachetana 
  178. Sahaman 
  179. Sailendra Nath Bhattacharya, ECL Colliery Sramik Union 
  180. Sajni Mukherjee, Professor, Jadavpur University 
  181. Salil Biswas, Principal (Retd), South City College 
  182. Samantak Das, Professor, Jadavpur University 
  183. Samar Bagchi, Science, Education, Environment & Social Activist 
  184. Sampradayikota o Fascibad Birodhi Ganatantrik Mancha 
  185. Sandeep Pandey, Socialist Party (India) 
  186. Sanjay Basak, Journalist 
  187. Sanjay Kak, Filmmaker 
  188. Sanjeeb Mukherjee, Calcutta University 
  189. Saswata Ghosh, Professor, Institute of Development Studies, Kolkata 
  190. Satya Sagar, Journalist 
  191. Dr SC Byne, Gana Adhikar Mancha, Durgapur 
  192. Shakti Pada Badyakar, SC-ST-OBC & Minority Employees’ Federation, Durgapur 
  193. Dr Sharmistha Dutta Gupta, Independent Researcher 
  194. Shramajibi Swasthya Udyog 
  195. Shamim Ahmed, Writer 
  196. Shuddhabrata Sengupta, Delhi 
  197. Shukla Bhowmick 
  198. Sipra Mukherjee, Professor, Jadavpur University 
  199. Sitansusekhar, Na Hanya Te 
  200. Soma Marik, Associate Professor, RKSM Vivekananda Vidya Bhavan 
  201. Dr Soumya Sahin, Asst Professor, National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS) 
  202. Souvik Mukhopadhyay 
  203. Sramajibi Mahila Samiti 
  204. Srikanta Mohanty, CPI (M-L), Odisha 
  205. Students for Change 
  206. Subhash Deb, CPI (M-L) PCC 
  207. Subhasis Bandyopadhyay, Associate Professor, IIEST, Shibpur 
  208. Sugata Ray 
  209. Sukanta Chaudhuri, Professor Emeritus, Jadavpur University 
  210. Sukumar Muralidharan, Journalist and Journalism Instructor 
  211. Sumit Bhaduri, Scientist (Chemist) 
  212. Sumit Sarkar, Historian 
  213. Sumit, Filmmaker, Writer 
  214. Sunandan Chakraborty 
  215. Supriya Chaudhuri, Professor Emeritus, Jadavpur University 
  216. Sushanta Mukherjee, Activist 
  217. Sushil Khanna, Professor (Retd), Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC) 
  218. Sushovan Dhar, Trade Union Activist 
  219. Susmit Bose, Singer-Composer, Activist 
  220. Suvrat Raju, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Bengaluru 
  221. Swastha Siksha Nirman 
  222. Tanika Sarkar, Historian, Professor (Retd), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) 
  223. Tarun Bhartiya, Imagemaker & Union Activist, Shillong 
  224. Tobu Banglar Mukh 
  225. Trade Union Centre of India (TUCI) 
  226. Tuhin Maparu 
  227. Umar Awais, United Forum for National Integrity (Rajabazar Shireen Bagh) 
  228. United Trade Union Congress (UTUC) 
  229. Vandana Misra, Civil Liberties Activist 
  230. Vanessa Chisti, OP Jindal Global University 
  231. Women Against Sexual Violence & State Repression (WSS) 

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