Press Release on Arrest of Scientist Mr Gopal in Kerala #UAPA #draconianlaws


Press Release
Jan 1, 2013
Chennai

We the undersigned professors, scientists, writers and rights activists are very much shocked to see the Kerala police picturing Mr.Gopal who was arrested at Mavelikara on December 29, 2012 along with six others as an extremist. Gopal was a former scientist in Atomic Research Centers in Kalpakkam and Mumbai. He is a well known civil rights activist in Tamilnadu and is an active member in the Committee for the Protection of Civil Rights (Tamil Nadu).

He was never arrested before and no charges or cases are pending against him. He never went underground and no such look out notice had been issued against him as described by the Kerala police and published in some news papers. We condemn Kerala police for spreading such an abuse against a reputed scientist and social activist.

We understand that out of the seven arrested, five of them are framed under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act. We are much worried about the indiscriminate use of such a draconian preventive detention act against activists who have gathered in a hotel room to discuss some political issues of public interest.

We demand that the Kerala police should stop spreading abusive rumors against scientist Gopal and should apologize for having pictured him as an extremist and terrorist. We also demand that all those arrested in Mavelikara on 29th December should be released unconditionally and all the cases against them should be withdrawn.
We also feel that a national debate should be initiated about such vindictive usage of UAPA against Human Rights and Social Activists all over India.

Prof.A.Marx, Peoples Union for Human Rights, Tamilnadu Chapter,
Ko.Sugumaran. Federation for Peoples Rights, Puduchery UT,
K. Manoharan (S.V.Rajadurai), Writer and Senior Human Rights Activist, TamilNadu,
Prof. Praba. Kalvimani, Association for the Protection for the Tribal Irulas, Tindivanam,
Prof. Dr. P. Sivakumar, Former Principal, Govt. Arts Colleges, TamilNadu,
V.Natarajan, Former Scientist, Atomic Research Centre, Kalpakkam,
Prof. M. Thirumavalavan, Former Professor of English, Govt. Arts Colleges, Tamilnadu,
Prof. S. Kochadai, Peoples Union for Civil liberties, Karaikudi,
Prabanjan, Eminent Tamil Writer, Chennai,
V. Geetha, Eminent Writer and Scholar, Chennai,
Advocate Rajini, Peoples Union for Human Rights, Madurai,
Advocate Manoharan, High Court, Chennai,
Dr. V. Pugalenthi, Medical Practitioner, Kalpakkam,
Venkat, Scholar, Madras Institute for Developmental studies, Chennai,
Advocate A. Mohamed Yusuff, National Secretary, NCHRO, Madurai,
S.Ramanujam, Writer and Translator, Chennai,

 

IMMEDIATE-RELEASE – #India-KOODANKULAM: 71 Activists Arrested on Way to Protests in Chennai Planned on 29th October


Oct 29, 2012, dianuke.org

About 29 activists from different organizations lending support to the people of Koodankulam against the KKNPP have been taken under preventive detention by Tamilnad police. This comes at a time when PMANE along with solidarity movements from across the state, had decided to hold peaceful & democratic protest demonstration in front of the Tamilnadu State Legislature on the 29th of October (when the assembly session begins). In an attempt to sabotage the plan and to prevent the people from voicing their views against KKNPP, the Tamilnadu police have resorted to the undemocratic practice of preventive detention.

We have information that 25 members of Tamizhaga Vazurimai Iyyakam from Salem (including the district secretary), 2 members of Dalit Viduthalai Katchi from Avinashi, and 1 member each from MDMK and Nam Tamilar Iyyakam from Tirupur are presently under preventive detention. The Police have maintained that they are only being detained and will not be arrested but the status remains unclear at the time of sending out this report.

Another 42 members of Pengal Munnani have been detained by the police at Kulithalai Railway Station and taken to Kulithalai police station. The police have said that they will get the signatures of the people and let them leave after 11 pm.

Tamil Nadu- Gender Violence – Intervention report #vaw


Suspicion on part of a husband on his wife’s fidelity gives him a right to inflict injury or murder her, if we went by the diktat’s of the Police Station‘s in Tamilnadu. Sathya, a mother of three married to Venkatesh has been for the past three months facing life threatening attacks from her husband. While attempting to burn her after dousing her with kerosene but unable to find a match box, Sathya made good her escape from his clutches. Through a common friend she contacted Vandana, a volunteer in Salem Citizens Forum and narrated her trauma that she underwent in the 9 years that she has been married. In the fifth day of her marriage with venkatesh she received her first slap and just a eye contact or a word with any male be it even a male child would make her life hell.

Venkatesh we were informed is ten years elder to sathya and maybe the insecurity has gotten the better of the human inside him. Tolerating bouts of physical violence was never reported by Sathya to even her family members who lived nearby but when things went out of control three months back when her skull was broken and wounds inflicted all over her body, she mustered courage to complain in the kannankurichi police station.

The policemen as is the norm brokered for a settlement between the victim and her husband. Sathya got nothing in return in the compromise reached, not even a promise that violence will not be inflicted on her instead now she had to face abuse from the whole family of Venkatesh who supported his stance. We approached the Deputy Commissioner of Police Mr.Babu after verifying the bonafides of the case. Appreciations for the young DC who did not hesitate even once to perform his duty. He immediately called up his subordinate Inspector Rajanikanth, KannankurichiPolice Station and instructed to file an FIR. Below is the narration by LakshmiPriya who coordinated the case. – Piyush

Lakshmi Priya reports – ***************************

The two days experience in kannankurichi police station was an appalling experience and forces me to take a decision to work more on the ethics in a police station. The way the police responds to the public that too to poor and aged is horrible. To handover a copy of our complaint, I along with sathya, her sister and mother went to the above police station were we happened to witness the violent and harassment behaviour of police men (mainly the SI Ponnuvel) shown on elderly poor people.

The police men present there were annoyed by our complaint taken directly to the DCP mentioning their refusal of receiving sathya’s complaint 3 months before where she was advised at that time that this is normal issue between husband and wife (even after seeing her bleeding by her husband’s attack) and sent back with her husband. Now they again rudely asked “what else you expect us to do at that time? You go and get divorce instead coming here”.

After waiting for an hour, the inspector called us and tried to convince us that this is a regular family dispute but by our strong representation insisting this is an attempt murder case, he without any other way, instructed SI Ponnuvel to register an FIR. During our wait for the SI, a poor old lady aged around 65 came inside innocently and tried to approch this SI who appears very rough with enormous tummy . he blatantly shouted at her, “why you came here? Go some where else, we cant hear you, go away, don’t you have work?”… that old woman was completely shattered including us. She helplessly went out and stood in a corner of the corridor waiting for some help.

Later SI Ponnuvel called us and interrogated sathya with the same arrogant tone. He again rudely shouted at sathya’s mother “why didn’t you come to the station first? How can we collect the witness? Why you went to this lady? Are they going to take action?” he didn’t wait for the old mother to reply at all. When sathya’s sister tried to explain he shouted at her to shut her mouth and not to interfere him. All three women were afraid to open their mouth. Later he told sathya to sign in a blank FIR sheet but we refused. Keeping us to wait till 3 pm, they registered the FIR. When we informed him that the accused Venkatesh is now at his mother’s home and can be arrested if they go now, the police men asked us that it will be a problem for them to remand in court today and will do next day. Since we were tired by this torturing investigations, we agreed and left.

On 17th September  morning by 7 am, I received a call from sathya’s sister that her mother is chased by the accused Venkatesh who was threatening to kill her for hiding her daughter, that the poor old mother escaped and hid in a temple. We immediately went to the police station and demanded his arrest immediately and said that we wont leave until he was brought to the station. After the threat of a sit in, they sent a team to find him.

The inspector called me over phone and requested to leave assuring that he will take care. Around 11 pm , the Venkatesh was arrested. When we came out of the station, we were shocked to see that same old lady (one who was chased out yesterday) standing out with the same petition with a belief that she will get justice here…

Immediate Release- “DEMANDS OF THE PROTESTING PEOPLE” in Koondankulum


March 27.2012

1. The cases filed against Struggle Committee members and other people must be unconditionally revoked. The people who have been imprisoned in connection with this struggle should be released from the prisons with no conditions attached.

Notwithstanding that Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant is a Central Government undertaking, it is a fact that it is set up within Tamilnadu. Therefore, keeping in mind the safety and livelihood concerns of the people of Tamil Nadu, the Government of Tamilnadu has an immense responsibility to act on behalf of the people of Tamilnadu to make all efforts to ensure that the Central Government fulfills all its duties. On this basis, we request the Government of Tamilnadu to emphasise the following facts and actions to the Central Government.

2. The Government must assure that an independent team of experts will study the hydrology, oceanography and geology of the site and surrounding areas.

3. The secret  Agreement between the Government of India or the Atomic Energy Commission with the Russian company on the nuclear disaster liability must be made public. This is an important document that concerns the future of the people of Tamilnadu. We request that a copy of the same be provided to us as well.

4. The Tamilnadu Government should ensure that the Central Government implements the rule regarding emergency/disaster management training, as well as evacuation training for the people living within 30 km radius.

5. The Tamilnadu Government should ensure that full details about the nuclear waste management is made public by the Central Government.

6. Even as the struggle committee members give their word that they will not blockade the nuclear power plant or resort to any violent tactics for any reason, it is requested of the Government that we be allowed to voice our concerns and dissent in a democratic and non-violent manner, without disruption of law and order.

7. If these demands are accepted, we are prepared to end this phase of our struggle.

To emphasise these demands, we hereby appoint a team of four persons headed by Thiru Arimavalan on behalf of the people and the struggle committee.

Thiru. Arimavalavan. Age 47, S/o Mohan. Village Uvari
Thiru Pandi, s/o Thiru Velayutham. Village Koodankulam
Thirumathi Sundari, w/o Benton, Village Idinthakarai
Thiru Joseph, s/o Anthony Thommai, Village Koothankuzhi
People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy

Original Document of demands in Tamil

Original Document of demands in Tamil