The West Bengal Human Rights Commission has asked the commissioner of Kolkata Police to submit a report explaining why his force refused to accept a letter from the Association for Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR) seeking permission to hold a rally.
This is the second time within a year of Mamata Banerjees rule that APDR was stopped by the police from holding a rally in Kolkata. A few months ago,Kolkata Police stopped an APDR rally at Metro Channel,prompting writer Mahasweta Devi to call the move fascist.
The APDRs BBD Bag branch secretary,Ranjit Sur,reportedly went to the Lalbazar headquarters of Kolkata Police on April 26 with a letter seeking permission to hold a rally at BBD Traffic Island. On getting the letter,a policeman at the receiving section called up higher officials and then allegedly told Sur that he had been asked not to accept the letter.
Sur then faxed a letter to a police officer of joint commissioner rank informing him about the incident. But no response came from the officer. Then the rights body lodged a complaint with the Human Rights Commission.
R K Pachnanda could not be contacted. I have not received any letter from the West Bengal Human Rights Commission, said joint commissioner of police (headquarters) Jawed Shamim.