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PUCL October, 2003

ASSOCIATION FOR PROTECTION OF DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS
18 Madan Boral Lane, Calcutta 700 012
Phone 033/2235769
amitdyu@vsnl.net
Ref No /2003 Dated 3 October, 2003

Press Statement

03.10.2003


Andhra Pradesh police have arrested six civil liberties activists including Mr Hariprasad, president of the Chittoor district committee of Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee (APCLC), linking them with the attack on chief minister Chandrababu Naidu on October 1, 2003.

Despite knowing that civil liberties organisations do not support this type of activities, the police have arrested them and whisked them away to unknown destination without producing them in court.

APDR expresses deep concern about the safety of their lives.

APDR strongly condemns this criminal attempt by the police to throttle the civil liberties movement. In Andhra Pradesh, the police are saying that APCLC is a "mouthpiece of People's War". In West Bengal they are branding the APDR in a similar fashion.

The civil liberties movement is the mouthpiece of the civil society and of nobody else. It cannot be silenced in this manner.

APDR demands unconditional release of Hariprasad and all arrested civil liberties activists and expresses solidarity with their movement.



Tapas Chakraborty

General Secretary

APDR

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