PUCL Bulletin, August 2002

PUCL chief vows to continue human rights campaign
Indian Express News Service

Manglore, July 13: People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) Dakshina
Kannada unit president P B D'S who was seriously injured in a
stabbing incident recently and is recovering in a private hospital,
has vowed to continue his campaign for protecting the civil liberties
of the people. "I am recovering and will be back soon in the
battlefield," D'Sa said.

In a letter addressed from his hospital bed to his friends, well-
wishers, human rights and voluntary organisations expressing his
gratitude to them for their sympathy, he said this was the second
attempt on his life, the first one taking place in 1988. Most of the
assailants at that time were police officials. "I shall fight tooth
and nail to get them punished," he asserted.

D'Sa has, however, complimented the police department of Dakshina
Kannada district for nabbing the culprits involved in the recent
attempt on his life. He urged the police to continue their
investigation without succumbing to pressure.

He requested voluntary organisations not to resort to `Manglore
bandh' as planned by them in protest against the attack on him. He,
instead, urged them to work for strengthening PUCL and its civil
liberty movement.

D'Sa also appealed to contribute towards the medical expenditure he
incurred following the stabbing incident. His business also suffered
owing to his involvement in social work, he revealed. Money collected
by him in excess of his medical expenditure will be utilised on human
rights movement, he promised.

Contributions may be sent to P B D'Sa, SB A/C N. P5/746, state Bank
of Mysore, Kankanady Branch, Manglore