ACTIVISTS ARRESTED AND BEATEN BY BHOPAL POLICE
and pictures coming soon
1108 GMT (4.38pm
the following from Nity, one of those who was arrested inside the grounds
of the contaminated Union Carbide factory in Bhopal.
Nity's message here.
1100 GMT (4.30
pm in Bhopal)
development on the arrest of activists in Bhopal
All (seventy people) who were arrested this morning have been released.
Charges of trespass have been framed against all of them, including Nithyanand
I will keep you posted of further developments. Letters may however be
sent to the relevant officials and Statutory authorities as the illegal
action of the police deserves condemnation and punitive action.
0740 GMT (1:10
pm in Bhopal)
Arrested without warrant, held without charges
Nithyanand Jayaraman, Ananthapadmanabhan ,Adarsh Vansay, Shailendra Yeshwant,
two reporters from an independent European media and 3 local activists
were beaten this morning by the local police at Bhopal .They were then
taken taken to the Shajahanabad police station and are being detained
there as I write this.
They have NOT BEEN INFORMED ABOUT THE CHARGES / GROUNDS OF ARREST and
HAVE NOT BEEN SERVED WITH AN ARREST MEMO, which they are bound to do under
law. This is gross abuse of power by the police and their action amounts
to blatant violation of human rights.
All the activists who are being detained have been fighting for justice
for the victims of the diastrous gas leak from the factory of Union Carbide
in 1984. The action of the police appears to be an attempt to intimidate
them and stifle the movement for justice to tthe survivors and victims
of the gas leak disaster.
PLEASE ACT NOW - HERE
IS WHAT YOU CAN DO
Please send faxes or telegrams in protest of the high handed behaviour
of the police and illegal detention of the activists to:-
1. Mr.Digvijay Singh
Chief Minister of Madhyapradesh
Ph- 0755 550906
Fax- 0755 540501
2 The IG of Police
Fax :- 0755 540922
3. Bahi Mahaveer
The Governor of Bhopal
Fax:- 0755 554 711
Telephone:- 0755 540350
4. The National Human Rights Commission
Sardar Patel Bhavan
New Delhi- 110 001
Telephone nos :- 011 334 0123 / 336 1764 (Joint Registrar)
Fax :- 011 336 6537
Please send urgent
emails to firstname.lastname@example.org
5. The State Human Rights Commission
Bhopal 462 001
Fax no:-0755 574028
E-mail :- email@example.com
You may need to add a 2 before the Bhopal nos if the country wide change
in telephone nos is in force already.
The country code ( 91) should be prefixed to the nos by those of you outside
CIRCULATE the above information as widely as possible.
Contact nos and e-mail id for queries:-
Devika at firstname.lastname@example.org
044- 4903415 and 044-491 0914
Please keep us informed about your action.