ACTIVISTS ARRESTED AND BEATEN BY BHOPAL POLICE

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1108 GMT (4.38pm in Bhopal)

Bhopal.Net received the following from Nity, one of those who was arrested inside the grounds of the contaminated Union Carbide factory in Bhopal.

Read Nity's message here.

1100 GMT (4.30 pm in Bhopal)

Latest 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 Jayaraman.

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.
Devika


0740 GMT (1:10 pm in Bhopal)

Arrested without warrant, held without charges

Satinath Sarangi, 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
Vallabh Bhavan
Bhopal
Madhya Pradesh
Ph- 0755 550906
Fax- 0755 540501


2 The IG of Police
Bhopal.
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
Samsad Marg
New Delhi- 110 001
Telephone nos :- 011 334 0123 / 336 1764 (Joint Registrar)
Fax :- 011 336 6537

Please send urgent emails to covdnhrc@hub.nic.in

http://nhrc.nic.in/


5. The State Human Rights Commission
Paryavas Bhavan
Arera Hills
Jail Road
Bhopal 462 001
Fax no:-0755 574028

E-mail :- mphrc@sancharnet.in

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 India.

CIRCULATE the above information as widely as possible.

Contact nos and e-mail id for queries:-
Devika at devika@xlweb.com
044- 4903415 and 044-491 0914

Please keep us informed about your action.

Devika