Press Statements

15 Jan 2013
 PUDR deplores the bestial deeds of the two warring sides in Latehar district of Jharkhand, during the early hours of Tuesday, 8th January 2013.Mutilating the body of a dead is unacceptable under any circumstance. To do so in war on the body of a dead combatant is virtually considered taboo under laws that govern war/s. That the bodies were used to plant explosives which would have killed...
29 Jan 2013
 PUDR mourns the loss of Dipankar Chakrabory, founder editor of Aneek and co-founder of APDR (Association of Democratic Rights). Chakraborty (71) passed away in his residence in Kolkata after suffering a cardiac arrest on 27th January 2013. Chakraborty was a widely respected intellectual associated with numerous people’s movements.     In the mid 60s when Chakraborty...
30 Jan 2013
 The member organisations of CDRO are saddened by the death of three democratic and civil liberty activists in the last one week – Professor Dipankar Chakroborty, Vice President of Association for Protection of Democratic (APDR), West Bengal; Chandrasekar (47), civil right activist and a popular human rights lawyer in Andhra Pradesh and Pradeep Sapolia, Secretary of Association for...
03 Feb 2013
 PUDR expresses grave shock at the tragic death of five workers in the accident at the Ambuja-Holcim cement plant in district Baloda Bazar, Chhattisgarh, on 31 January, 2013. The workers who lost their lives are Roshan Verma and Poshan Verma (apprentices from village Arjuni), Suresh Shukla and Kamleshwar Singh (permanent workers, from Ambuja Colony and village Bhadrapaali, respectively) and...
09 Feb 2013
 PUDR today strongly reaffirms its opposition to the inhuman, brutal and arbitrary provision of capital punishment. The secretive hanging of Mohd. Afzal Guru today goes further to show how it is unfair, unjust and can be carried out for narrow political benefit of those in power. The highhandedness by the police and the flouting of each procedural norm marks the case against Afzal from the...
11 Feb 2013
 Dandapani Mohanty, a social rights activist in Odisha was illegally abducted by plainclothes policemen and has been detained under cases related to incidents that occurred in 2009 and 2010. Additionally, non bailable sections of the draconian UAPA have been foisted on him, allegedly for having Maoist links. Ironically, on two occasions in 2011 (abduction of V. Krishna, Collector, district...
11 Feb 2013
 PUDR strongly condemns the imposition of curfew accompanied by blanket gag on all media, including television, print and online, in the Kashmir valley following the secretive hanging of Afzal Guru.  Since Saturday morning Kashmir valley has been placed under a preemptive curfew forcing people to stay locked inside their houses. Satellite and cable tv, internet and even mobile sms have...
12 Feb 2013
 PUDR strongly condemns the hooliganism and hostility of the Bajrang Dal as we assembled at Jantar Mantar in protest against the execution of Afzal Guru by the Indian government on 9 February 2013. This small enclosure provided by the Delhi government for all protests and demonstrations from across the country, which was barricaded on all sides, became the site for members of the Bajrang Dal...
23 Feb 2013
 PUDR strongly condemns the indiscriminate killing and maiming of civilians, and damaging of lives and livelihoods in the twin bomb blasts on 21st February 2013 in a crowded area in Dilkushnagar in Hyderabad city. As per latest news reports, as many as 16 persons including a woman have been killed and over 115 people have been injured. Killing of unarmed civilians is deeply wrong and wholly...
05 Mar 2013
 Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisations (CDRO) denounces the draft Jammu and Kashmir Police Bill 2013, prepared by senior police officers of the Home Department of J&K. The Draft  Bill was put up for public comments on February 14, 2013, for a fortnight,  at a time when the Kashmir valley was reeling under curfew and bandh following the secret hanging of Afzal Guru....
08 Mar 2013
Democracy within its value frame assumes the right to protest as a vital means towards ensuring the guarantee of those rights and values it stands for. However, today we are witnessing a different ‘culture of democracy’ where the right to protest is increasingly becoming not just an empty notion, in fact, protest itself is being turned into an offence. The mass arrest of members and...
11 Mar 2013
 In the present context of recurring instances of deaths in custody in Tihar, it seems Right to life enshrined in Article 21 of the Indian Constitution has become an exclusive right that ceases to be a fundamental right, behind the closed doors of prisons. The alleged suicide of the Delhi gang rape accused Ram Singh in Tihar, reverberates the same approach of sheer disdain on the part of the...
12 Mar 2013
 The Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) at its meeting held during February 20-21 gave permission to the public sector SAIL to divert 210.526 ha of forest land in Jhillingburu of Saranda (Jharkhand) for iron ore mining. This was the second such project cleared by the FAC which allowed Jindal Steel and Power to divert 500 ha of forest land in Saranda earlier in February 2013. The area also...
12 Apr 2013
PUDR strongly denounces the Supreme Court’s dismissal this morning of Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar’s plea for commutation of the death sentence awarded to him to life. The issues at stake in this dismissal are multiple, that of clemency, death penalty, miscarriage of justice and precedence.  Bhullar was sentenced to death in 2003 for carrying out a bomb blast outside the Delhi...
30 Apr 2013
 PUDR expresses shock, anger and outrage at the acquittal of Sajjan Kumar in a 1984 case. The CBI Court at Karkardooma indicted the other four accused while acquitting Kumar. The judgement sets aside the Nanavati Commission report findings and those of the CBI which had found “a terrible conspiracy” between Kumar and the police.This judgement violates all principles of natural...

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