Team to meet CM to plead for Kabir Kala Manch activists

Nearly a year after Maharashtra ATS booked two members of the Pune-based Kabir Kala Manch,activists and filmmakers have decided to take a delegation to meet the chief minister.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:May 12, 2012 2:51 am

Nearly a year after Maharashtra ATS booked two members of the Pune-based Kabir Kala Manch (KKM),activists and filmmakers have decided to take a delegation to meet the chief minister. National Award winning documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan,along with others,have floated a Kabir Kala Manch Defence Committee to fight the legal battle for activists — Deepak Dengle and Siddhart Bhonsle — arrested last year for alleged Naxal links.

“A delegation will meet the CM and appeal that the innocent boys be let off… They have been booked under the serious Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act,” Patwardhan said at a press meet.

“With their arrest,others have been forced to go underground,almost silencing the art form permanently. Space for people to protest against atrocities in the country is disappearing,” Patwardhan said.

Retd IPS officer Sudhakar Suradkar,actor Ratna Pathak Shah and senior lawyer P A Sebastian were present at the meet. Founded by Amarnath Chandaliya after the Gujarat riots,KKM is known for its musical ‘protests’ and ‘shahiri jalsas’ on political issues. ENS

Water complaint: Cops arrest party workers for rioting

The Kurla police arrested 19 women and seven men,allegedly NCP workers of Kurla west—they had assembled to complain against water scarcity— on Friday morning,for vandalising the civic ward

office. According the Assistant Municipal Commissioner,Harshad Kale,“Some political party workers along with residents of the area started throwing plastic bottles and destroying furniture and computers in the office of ward 11 of the BMC”. The police said when they reached the spot they found that the office had been ransacked. “We later released them on bail of Rs 1,200 each,” police said. Parts of Kurla west including Kasaiwada has been receiving less water for the past few months.

Adarsh: Bails denied to Thakur,Wanchoo

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Website complaint from HC registrar

The Mumbai Police Crime Branch on Friday revealed that it had received a letter from the HC Registar asking the police to take action against a website whose address is almost identical to the court’s official webpage,www.bombayhighcourt.nic.in.

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