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PUCL May, 2007

May 28, 2007

Dear colleague, I would like to update you on the events in Chhattisgarh.

You are aware that the General Secretary of Chhattisgarh PUCL was arrested on May 14, 2007 because of the Chhattisgarh PUCL’s opposition to the repressive policies of the State Government for suppressing the extremist movements. The atrocities on innocent villagers were nothing sort of state terrorism. After Dr Binayak Sen’s arrest, the State President Shri Rajendra Sail, who was organising protests, was also arrested to undergo one week’s imprisonment in a contempt case which had its origin in 1998 after the murder of Shanker Guha Niyogi.

The National PUCL has taken up the matter with the National Human Rights Commission and with the Prime Minister.

Public meetings and press conferences have been held in Delhi during the past few days. A meeting was held on May 26, 2007 at Gandhi Peace Foundation. The chain of protest of Raipur will culminate in a mass meeting there on May 31, 2007. Details can be ascertained from Akshay Sail: 098265-70111. Those who can, may go to Raipur on that day. Others may organise a suitable programme at their place of activity on May 31, 2007. You may also write protest letters to the Governor of Chhattisgarh at: governor.cg@nic.in..

Warm regards, Sincerely Yours (Y P Chhibbar) Ph D General Secretary

People's Union for Civil Liberties, 81 Sahayoga Apartmrnts, Mayur Vihar I, Delhi 110091, India. Phone (91) 11 2275 0014