22 groups to stage protest against Didi

Twenty-two organisations,led by the Association for Protection of Democratic Rights,have decided to launch a protest here alleging that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has backtracked from her pre-poll promise to release all political prisoners

Written by RAJIB CHATTERJEE | Kolkata | Published:April 2, 2012 2:50 am

Twenty-two organisations,led by the Association for Protection of Democratic Rights,have decided to launch a protest here alleging that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has backtracked from her pre-poll promise to release all political prisoners.

“The APDR,along with 21 organisations,has decided to start a movement for the release of political prisoners. A rally from College Square to Metro Channel will be held in the third week of April and a mass meeting will be held at Metro Channel. All democratic intellectuals will take part in the meeting. Cultural organisations will perform demanding unconditional release of political prisoners,” Ranjit Sur,a senior APDR member,said.

Even as Mamata Banerjee said that her government has released as many as 30 political prisoners out of more than 50 recommended by Bondi Mukti Committee,the APDR and other activists claimed that during her 10 month rule not a single political prisoner from south Bengal was released and more than 500 persons have been arrested on political grounds.

“So autocratic is this government that we are not even allowed to hold rallies at Metro Channel by the police. The CM reacted badly when reputed author Mahasweta Devi protested against such acts of the police,” Sur said

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