India: Government attacks the poor under sham pretense–thousands arrested falsely or disappeared

Counter terror ops a facade for anti-people policies, say activists

New Delhi | Deccan Herald | 26 June 2012

Cases of men and women disappearing, false cases and illegal detentions have become rampant in the name of fighting “maoism and terrorism”, alleged activists at a convention held in Delhi on Tuesday.

Activists demanded withdrawal of the undeclared emergency imposed in 1975 terming it as a “draconian law” at the convention held on Anti-emergency Day observed on June 26. They said that a new wave of “counter terrorism” has been evolved “in the name of IPC” to terrorise people from backward communities.

Kuldip Nayar, who has been raising concerns over undeclared emergency for several years said, “In June 1975 the press was stopped because the government decided to impose censorship. But some media publications fought back. Similarly, today people need to fight back rather than depending on the government.”

Dr Binayak Sen, who spent two and a half years in prison said, “I took this message while walking out of the prison that it is our duty to fight for thousands who are imprisoned for no reason.” Continue reading

India: Chhattisgarh police face another charge of custodial death

Deccan Herald, Wednesday 22 February 2012

Raipur, Feb 20, 2012 (IANS)

Police deny allegation, open to inquiry

A 25-year-old man who died in police custody here was a victim of excessive torture, his father alleged on Monday and sought an independent probe.

Chhattisgarh Police, however, denied the charge and said they were open to magisterial inquiry.

Bhagwat Daharia, father of Santosh Daharia, claimed his son was arrested on February 14 on the charge of kidnapping a minor girl, and was excessively tortured at Kharora police station, some 30 kilometre from here. As a result, his son died, the villager said.

According to him, the police did not inform Santosh’s relatives about his death. Kharora police station personnel, however, denied that the young man was tortured.

Santosh, a police official said, was sent to the state’s Central Jail, and then admitted to Raipur’s Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar Government Hospital on Saturday as he complained of “some health problem” and was vomiting.

“He was not tortured. The charges against us are baseless. We are open to magisterial inquiry,” Kharora police station chief P K Pathak said. But Pathak did not explain why he did now allow relatives to meet Santosh when he was in custody at Kharora police station.

‘Not allowed to meet’

Bhagwat alleged that he and his relatives were repeatedly disallowed by policemen at Kharora police station and also at the Raipur Central Jail to meet or see Santosh even after they learnt of his death.

I H Khan, additional superintendent of police (Raipur rural), said, “We are collecting details of what exactly happened to the accused. We are surely looking into complaints of the relatives very seriously.”

The custodial deaths in Chhattisgarh, mainly in forested areas of Maoist hotbed, are common as are allegations that police pick up youths from villages, brand them as Maoists and torture them routinely.