The Committee for the Release of Binayak Sen, Mumbai unequivocally condemns the brutal and undemocratic police action against students and human rights activists holding a peaceful demonstration at Churchgate, and sitting in a collective at The Oval Maidan,today.
The demonstration was against the manifestly unjust decision of the Chhattisgarh High Court prolonging the incarceration of Dr. Binayak Sen, an internationally reknowned physician facing the persecution of 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 Azad Maidan police station.
Kamayani Bali Mahabal, a lawyer and human rights activist, was brutally assaulted by the police and dragged to 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 very “democracy” and civil liberties and human rights are in grave peril.
– Committee For Release of Binayak Sen, Mumbai