Imphal, Sept 1,
The Central Secretariat meeting of Popular Front of India has strongly condemned the series of arrests and raids in houses of prominent human rights activists and academics simultaneously in different parts of the country by Pune police. The meeting observed that this latest move is yet another example that an undeclared emergency is being enforced upon the people of the country by central and state governments by misusing police and investigation agencies.
The targets of the ongoing crackdown are lawyers, intellectuals and activists widely respected and loved by people for their human rights activism among the most depressed sections of the society and for their academic contributions. They have never been known to be even remotely linked to anything that goes against the spirit of the constitution. The way police carried out the arrests and the raids amounts to a cruel abuse of power. Some of them were reportedly interrogated in a shameful manner in the presence of their students and relatives. The charges against them look farfetched by any stretch of imagination and people will reject them outright.
It is as clear as daylight that this is a horrific misuse of power, reminiscent of the callous days of Emergency, to intimidate and silence dissenters. The Central Secretariat meeting of Popular Front urges Supreme Court to use its power to prevent such an open degeneration of the system. The meeting also asked opposition parties to speak up the truth before the centers of power.
Chairman E Abubacker presided over the meeting, which was attended by M Muhammed Ali Jinnah, EM Abdul Rahiman, KM Shareef, OMA Salam and Abdul Wahid Sait.