COMMITTEE FOR THE RELEASE OF POLITICAL PRISONERS
185/3, Fourth Floor, Zakir Nagar, New Delhi—25
In yet another exercise on the side of the Delhi police and the Andhra Special Intelligence Branch to browbeat all forms of dissent against the anti-people policies of the UPA government at a time when the state has declared an all out war on the poorest of the poor in this country—the adivasis and the dalits—Dr. Sunil Mandiwal a Delhi University lecturer, has been arrested in a joint operation for questioning. What one could gather from his wife Dr. Laxmi who is a lecturer in Delhi University is that she was vaguely told that he was being taken away for questioning in relation to Mr. Kobad Ghandy who is in Tihar charged under UAPA alleged as a senior Maoist leader.
Dr. Sunil Mandiwal, an Assistant Professor at the Dayal Singh College, Delhi University is a well known champion of the people’s cause. He is a regular face in all the gatherings in Delhi which raises their voice against all forms of atrocities of the state on the people of the subcontinent. He is in the forefront to unmask the real fascist, pro-corporate face of the state in the Operation Green Hunt, perhaps the biggest land grab ever in history after that of Columbus. This is yet another attempt of the state to vilify and silence voices of dissent.
We at the CRPP demand his unconditional release. We are concerned that he may be tortured to extract any form of confession which can later be used against him and for media trial by the police. We demand that he be given access to a lawyer and not to violate his right to silence through intimidation and torture. He should be immediately released and the AP and Delhi police should apologise to his family.
Secretary Public Relations
Abhay Ranjan, Assistant Professor. Department of Hindi, Delhi University
Ali Javed, Professor, Department of Hindi, Delhi University
Arjumand Ara, Assistant Professor, Department of Urdu, Delhi University
Ish Mishra, Associate Professor, Hindu College, Delhi University
G N Saibaba, Asisstt. Professor, Delhi University