Sample letter to Chhattisgarh Chief Minister, Dr. Raman Singh
Dr Raman Singh,
SUB: RELEASE OF DR BINAYAK SEN IN CHHATTISGARH
Dear Dr Raman Singh,
We, the undersigned Members of the Indian Parliament, wish to express our deep concern at the victimisation and unjust imprisonment of well-known humanitarian and human rights defender Dr Binayak Sen, in Chhattisgarh, since 14 May 2007.
We believe that Dr Binayak Sen, who has spent over three decades in dedicated service of poor people in Chhattisgarh, has been wrongly accused of ‘treason’, ‘sedition’ and ‘waging war against the State’ along with sections of the Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act (2005) and the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act .
The trial of Dr Sen, which began in May 2008, has not seen the prosecutors produce any evidence to support their charges against Dr Sen. It appears he is simply being harassed in a vindictive manner to ‘teach a lesson’ to all human rights activists everywhere.
To arrest a citizen of India on false charges and deliberately subject him to years of custody and legal wrangles is to make a mockery of the very idea of justice and democracy in the country. As representatives of the Indian people, we appeal to you to withdraw the false charges made against Dr Binayak Sen and also close the cases against Ajay TG who has been out on statutory bail since early August.
By picking on soft targets the government of Chhattisgarh is defeating the purpose of fighting terrorism in a sane and effective manner.