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13 February, 2011

Police action against peaceful protesters in Mumbai

Students and human rights activists holding peaceful protests in Mumbai against the Chhattisgarh High Court’s denial of bail to Dr. Binayak Sen were dragged to police stations.

In a statement the Committee for the Release of Binayak Sen, Mumbai, unequivocally condemned the brutal and undemocratic police action against the demonstration at Churchgate and sit-in at The Oval Maidan, Churchgate.

The Committee said:

The demonstration was against the manifestly unjust decision of the Chhattisgarh High Court prolonging the incarceration of Dr. Binayak Sen, an internationally renowned physician, who is facing the persecution by the state because he spoke up for the oppressed and Adivasis.

Daniel Mazgaonkar, a septuagenarian Gandhian activist, along with others, mostly college professors and students, were jostled and dragged away to the Azad Maidan police station.

Kamayani Bali Mahabal, a lawyer and human rights activist, was brutally assaulted by the police and dragged to the Colaba police station, along with student bystanders who protested against such high-handedness. Her crime: standing at Kala Ghoda silently with a poster proclaiming peace and justice!

If, in a democracy, the law and its guardians act with such impunity in throttling every voice of public dissent, then democracy and civil liberties and human rights are in grave peril.

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