Popular Front condemns UAPA notice issued to lawyers by Tripura Police, demands immediate withdrawal

November 6, 2021 - 11:25 -- delhipro

Press Release/ 6 November 2020

New Delhi: A resolution passed by the National Executive Council of Popular Front of India held on 4 and 5 November in Malappuram condemned the legal notice issued to lawyers under UAPA for voicing against anti-Muslim violence in Tripura.

NEC of Popular Front finds it extremely shocking that Tripura police, instead of ensuring security to vulnerable people under the threat of Sangh Parivar violence, are going after lawyers and human rights activists voiced against it. No violence can last more than an hour without government inaction. The violence that started in Tripura in the name of attacks against Hindus in Bangladesh continued over a week. Despite Hindutva organizations like VHP and Bajrang Dal having wreaked havoc in the state, destroying mosques and Muslim properties, Tripura police failed to control them. This was the situation that drove human rights organizations like NCHRO and PUCL to intervene through Fact-Finding Team. At the press meet held in Delhi, they did their civic duty of letting people know the ground realities in the state and now they are being punished for that. This shows that governments are going to unprecedented levels to suppress human rights activism and objective reporting.
Popular Front condemns Tripura Police actions against Adv. Ansar Indori of NCHRO and Adv. Mukesh Kumar of PUCL and demands immediate withdrawal of the legal notice issued to them under draconian UAPA.

In another resolution, NEC of Popular Front also expressed dismay over the arrest of its members in Madhya Pradesh for submitting a memorandum against Tripura violence. MP Police arrested Popular Front members accusing them that the language of the memorandum they submitted had harsh language in it. A memorandum is a democratic means of conveying the concerns of the citizens to the Honourable President. Arresting our members for submitting a memorandum is nothing but intolerance of the authorities in people expressing their concerns through legal and democratic means. The organization and its members will not bow before such intimidation tactics or abandon their struggle for justice. Popular Front demands immediate release of our members and drop fabricated charges against them.

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