November 18, 2011 12:51:08 am
Parents of Arun Ferreira,an alumnus of St. Xaviers College,Mumbai,who is alleged to be a Naxalite and currently lodged in a Nagpur jail,met Maharashtra Director General of Police K Subramanyam on Thursday afternoon seeking his release and protesting against his illegal detention by the police.
Ferreira was arrested on May 8,2007,by Dhantoli police,following which he was serially arrested in seven other cases. He was acquitted of all eight cases lodged against him and was released from Nagpur Central Jail on September 27,after being imprisoned for over four years.
However,moments after his release,he was seized outside the prison gate by a group of men in civil clothes,and was later arrested in a fresh case.
Ferreiras parents were part of a delegation led by Mumbai BJP leader Shaina NC,along with family friends and well wishers,but did not wish to speak on the matter.
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We met with the DGP and it was a very fruitful interaction. We showed him four photographs,which clearly show how he was abducted illegally from outside Nagpur prison soon after his release. The DGP assured us that based on these photographs,he would look into the matter immediately, said Shaina NC.
Father Frasier Mascarenhas,principal of St. Xaviers College,who accompanied Ferreiras parents,said,We were very happy to meet the DGP. He gave us time and assured us that he would see to it that injustice is not done.
Subramanyam said,I met the delegation and heard what they had to say. I have gone through the papers and photographs they have submitted and told them I will look into the matter. However,I have not given any assurances and neither have I admitted that there was any alleged wrongdoing on the part of the police.
Ferreiras family and friends have alleged that around 2 pm on September 27 this year,commandos of the C60 Gadchiroli team kidnapped him at the gate of the Nagpur Central Jail in full view of the press,family and lawyers. He was told only at 5.30 pm that he was being arrested for a new offence,they alleged.
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