On a call of the Democratic Front Against Operation Green Hunt,
Punjab, a protest march and rally was organized at Bathinda on 8th
January 2011. In chilling cold, protestors, including a good number of
intellectuals, peasants, agricultural laborers, women, students, youth
& children assembled at the local Teachers Home lawn. N.K.Jeet
Advocate, State Committee Member of the Democratic Front described in
detail, how Dr. Sen and his co-accused were implicated in a false
criminal case, as he raised his voice against violation of democratic
& human rights of tribals under the Salwa Judam campaign and
expropriation of the mineral wealth lying underneath the tribal areas
of Chhattisgarh, by imperialist Multi National Companies. The rules of
evidence have been changed under the Unlawful Activities Prevention
Act and the Chhattisgarh Special Security Act, putting the burden of
proving his innocence on the accused. He further said that the
conviction & sentencing of Dr. Binayak Sen is a warning to all
pro-people intellectuals, human rights activists and social workers.
Dr Sen, a heart patient, has already spent over two years in prison
from May 2007 to May 2009 and was released on bail by the Indian
Supreme Court. Sh. Attarjit Singh Kahanikar, another State Committee
member, render a beautiful poem dedicated to Dr. Sen calling upon the
people to fight this brutal attack on the democratic movement. Sh.
Bagga Singh, President Association For Democratic Rights, Punjab and
Sh. Jagmohan Kaushal President Teachers Home Trust Bathinda and a
noted educationist, described the conviction & sentencing of Dr.
Binayak Sen & his companions as a black spot on the face of Indian
Democracy. They said that in our country corrupt politicians claim
themselves to be patriot even after swindling lakhs of crores in
kick-backs, but those who dedicatedly serve the people, are branded as
traitor and put in jail.
The protestors, carrying banners and placards, marched through the
crowded city bazaars, raising slogans demanding release of Dr. Binayak
Sen & his companions, repeal of black laws & an end to operation Green
The protest march culminated in District Court Bathinda, where a
rally was held. Master Jagmail Singh, addressed the rally, demanding
immediate release of Dr. Binayak Sen & his companions. He said, it was
a matter of shame to Indian citizens everywhere that the world’s
largest democratic country cannot tolerate criticism and non-violent
human rights activism. This attitude of intolerance should invite
widest possible condemnation.
Lok Kala Manch Mansa, staged a Nukkad Natak (Street Play) “ KURSI
NAACH NACHAYE ”, portraying the politicians deep lust for power and
betrayal of the people by them.
The rally ended demanding immediate release of Dr. Binayak Sen &
his co-accused Narayan Sanyal and Piyush Guha, repeal of all
anti-people black-laws and putting an end to Operation Green Hunt.
State Committee Member,
Democratic Front Against Operation Green Hunt, Punjab.