We strongly condemn the arrest of Kiran Kalindi, Baijnath Naik, Azad Ansari & Wilson Guria from Nagrakata, Jalpaiguri on January 27, 2014. The four persons were peacefully campaigning for a bandhcondemning the gruesome sexual torture and rape of the Adivasi girl at Labhpur, Birbhum.
The police have arrested them with charges under Sections 353, 143,341,332,422,506 of IPC, and Section 25 of the Arms Act. 3 false cases were filed against them by the police itself – all for incidents on the 27th itself.
The arrested are trade-union leaders of the tea workers of North Bengal. The four persons from the Adivasi community were arrested from a peaceful demonstration in support of the bandh. Different Adivasi organisations have strongly reacted against the gruesome incident of Labhpur, Birbhum and had decided to voice their dissent through the bandh. Many others have also expressed their solidarity in support of the bandh. They feel that this incident is against the culture of the Adivasi society and are concerned that this incident is being used to condemn their culture as a whole. They have demanded a proper probe into the incident and action thereof.
It is clearly evident from the arrests and the false charges levied upon the above four at Nagrakata that the police and the administration have acted vindictively to stifle the voices of protest and dissent in the society.
The following organisations demand:
- Immediate release of Kiran Kalindi, Baijnath Naik, Azad Ansari & Wilson Guria.
- Withdrawal of all false charges against the above.
- A fair and proper probe into the Labhpur incident.
- A proper trial and the punishment of the accused in the Labhpur incident.
Tarun Sanyal (Shilpi Sanskritik Karmi, Buddhjeebi Mancha)
Sunanda Sanyal (Democratic Citizen’s Forum)
Dilip Chakrabarty (Saptaha)
Sujato Bhadra (Manabadhikar Sanghati)
Meher Engineer (TASAM)
Arun Pal & Debjit Dutta (NAPM)
Murad Hossain (Hawkers Sangram Committee)
Choton Das ( Bandimukti Committee)
Anuradha Talwar (Paschim Banga Khet Majoor Samity)
Kunal Deb (Uthnau)
Dr. Debal Deb (Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies)
Rabin Soren (Birbhum Adivasi Gaonta)
Gautam Bandopadhyay (Nadi Ghati Morcha, Chattisgarh)
Madhuri (Jagrut Adivasi Dalit Sangathana, Madhya Pradesh)
Somanth Ghosh (Hosiery Workers Unity Centre)
Shiladitya Mondal (Liquor Shop Employees Union)
Bela Adak (Paschim Banga Swarojgari o Radhuni Union)
Sushovan Dhar (IndianOil Petronas Contractors Shramik Union)
Bodhisatwa Ray (Haldia Dock Complex Contractors Shramik Union)
Uttam Burman (Uttar Dinajpur Sericulture Workers Union)
Suktara Khatun (Paschim Banga Chatra Yuba Sangrami Mancha)
Pratip Nag (Sundarban Banadhikar Sangram Committee)
Namita Gayen (Sramajibi Mahila Samity)
Sajal Biswas (Service Doctors Forum)
Dr Swapan Jana (Health Services Association – HSA)
Satish Kar (Paschim Banga Telecom Tower (USO) Union)