Repeal draconian laws like AFSPA, UAPA: Elyas Thumbe

Saturday, September 15th, 2012
Mangalore: Popular front of India, Karnataka state organized human chain across the state marking the conclusion of BAIL IS THE RULE; RELEASE THE INNOCENTS FROM JAIL Nation-wide campaign held from 15th August 2012 to 15th September 2012. A human chain was also organized in the city today to urge governments to release innocent youths languished in different jails of the country.

The participant took pledge to strive together for justice on the occasion followed by the public meeting which was addressed by the state president Elyas Muahammad Thumbe. He said, hundreds of people mostly belonging to minority communities, adivasis and dalits are in jail under the rigorous provisions of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), especially in states like Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, Odisha, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh.

He added, “They are refused bail since they are jailed under repressive laws. If there is a terrorist appellation and the resultant obtrusive media trial, it becomes almost impossible for the remand prisoners to come out. There are instances of young men going to jail as under- trials and coming out after long years of incarceration. When the courts acquit them, no compensation is given to them and they are forced to live with the indelible stigma of a former prisoner.”

He said We strongly believe that no democratic government can allow this violation and no civilized society can remain passive to this grave injustice. So we request you to initiate immediate action to remove the undemocratic provisions in the UAPA which gives unlimited power to the police to arrest and detain people on charges which are usually dismissed by the courts.

SDPI district president Abdul Jalil K and others were present on the occasion.

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