Meeting to Discuss the Issue of
Political Prisoners in India
23rd April, 2006
A number of democrats and democratic organisations mainly from Delhi but also from other states met in Delhi on 23 April 2006 in Ambedkar Bhawan, Pahargunj and discussed the problems of thousands of political prisoners incarcerated in various prisons across the country.
The following decisions were unanimously taken at the end of the meeting:
A committee with a name Campaign Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners is formally and initially formed in this meeting with an open invitation for organisations and individual democrats to join in the committee. Some organisations, participated in the meeting as observers, would later confirm their participation after discussing in their respective organisations.
A number of organisations and individuals who have been approached from various states are announced as part of the Campaign Committee.
More organisations and individuals will be approached to join the committee.
The committee will have a 10-member executive initially working from Delhi to initiate and to look after the work of the Campaign Committee. The persons who offered to be on the committee are: Prashant Bhushan, Nirmalanshu Mukherjee, SAR Geelani, N D Pancholi, Vijay Singh, Saibaba and Rakesh Shukla. Three others will be approached to join this committee.
Professor Nirmalanshu Mukherjee, University of Delhi offered his residential address for the Campaign Committee. Now onwards his address 38/2, Probyn Road, Delhi 100 007 is the address for correspondence for the Campaign Committee. Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
It was decided to collect the concrete details of the cases of the political prisoners from various states. A data bank of the political prisoners is be to prepared with the help of which an analysis has to be prepared.
1. Two activists based on Delhi with the skills of documenting and preparing the analysis of the cases of political prisoners will found to work fulltime for the committee. A team of senior lawyers will guide these activists.
2. It was decided to form the similar Campaign Committees in all states with the active initiation of all those who consented to form the committee.
3. It was decided to approach all civil and human rights organisations in the country to assist the Campaign Committee in securing and compiling the data regarding all cases of political prisoners and conditions of prisons. Organisations which are part of the committee or organisations whose activists and leaders are arrested will also be approached to provide the details of the political prisoners.
4. The tabulation sheets or proforma models for collecting the details will be prepared by the senior advocates in Delhi. Prashant Bhushan has taken the responsibility for this.
5. A note on the concept of political prisoners will be prepared by the 10-member executive committee.
6. A mass campaign will be launched to take the issue of political prisoners to the wider people in India and abroad. The campaign will create a public opinion for the release of political prisoners of all organisations irrespective of their political opinion or perspective.
7. Initially some important political cases will be gathered and analysed to present them before the people and government.
8. A Jan Sunwai will be held in August/ September 2006 in a big way.
9. The Campaign will be run all over India and internationally.
1. Achin Vanaik, University of Delhi
2. Akhilesh Gaur
3. Anand Chakravarti, University of Delhi
4. Anand Swaroop Verma, Social Activist
5. Anil Chamaria, writer, Columnist
6. Arundhati Roy , Writer, New Delhi
7. Bela Bhatia
8. Bhim Sen Tyagi
9. Kamal Mitra Chenoy, Professor, JNU
10. Manorajan Mohanti, Lok Chakra, retired Professor, University of Delhi
11. N K Bhattacharya, Jan Hastkshep, Delhi
12. N.D. Pancholi, Advocate, New Delhi
13. Nagaraju, Social Activist, Delhi
14. Neeraj Malik, University of Delhi
15. Nirmalanshu Mukherjee, University of Delhi
16. Pankaj Bist, Writer
17. Praful Bidwai, Writer, Delhi
18. Prashant Bhushan, Advocate, New Delhi
19. Prempati, Social Activist
20. Raj Kishore Secretary, R.D.F.
21. Rajendra yadav, writer
22. Rajesh Tyagi, Advocate, Delhi
23. Rakesh Shukla, Advocate, Delhi
24. Ramesh Anand
25. Ramkumar Kishak
26. Rona Wilson, Research Scholar, JNU, New Delhi
27. Saibaba, University of Delhi
28. SAR Geelani, University of Delhi
29. Shahana Bhattacharya, Delhi University
30. Sharmila Purkuyastha, Delhi University
31. Sohan Chaudhary
32. Tripta Wahi, University of Delhi
33. Ujjwal Kumar, University of Delhi
34. Umachakravorty, Professor, Delhi University
35. Vijay Singh E.C., DUTA, Delhi.
36. Viswanath Tripathi
37. Anupam Sharma, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh
38. Ashok Prakash, Convenor, Shahid Bhagat Singh Chetna Manch, Aligarh.
39. Bhagawant Prasad, Rtd. District Judge, Allahabad
40. BM Nagar, Ex President, Kisan Sangharsh Samiti
41. Charles Samuel Singh, Aligarh Civil Court
42. Chaudhary R P Singh, Aligarh Civil Court
43. CP Sharma, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh
44. Abinesh Agrawal, Dept., of Physics, Bareilly College
45. Ful Singh Baghel, Aligarh Civil Court
46. H.N. Singh, Advocate, Chairman, Bar Council, Aligarh Civil Court
47. Hari Om Barsheney, Advocate, Aligarh Civil Court
48. Hasmat Ali, Advocate, Bareilly Court, Bareilly
49. Md. Israr Khan, Reader, Economics Department, MJP
50. Mira Bhattacharya, Rtd., Prof. of Political Science, Gorakhpur University
51. Nahar Khan, Advocate, Bareilly Court, Bareilly
52. Ramdeo Shukla, Professor & Head, Department of Hindi, GorakhpurUniversity.
53. Rajen Mishra, Aligarh Civil Court
54. Ruhelkhand University, Bareilly
55. S.P. Singh, Advocate, Allahabad High Court, DHRF
56. Surendra Mohan Yadav, Advocate, Bar Council, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh
57. Upasana Gautam, Convenor, Jagruk Chatra Manch
58. Y.M. Mishra, Advocate, Allahabad High Court, IAPL
59. Meera Dutt, Editor, Talash
60. Mithilesh Kumar, Adocate, IAPL
61. Preeti Sinha, Editor, Filhal
62. Amit Bhattacharjee, Professor, Jadavpur University
63. Amitdyuti Kumar, Vice President, APDR
64. Chotan Das, General Secretary, Bandi Mukti Committee
65. Ram Ratan Chatterjee (APDR), Kolkata
66. Sujata Bhadro, Secretary, APDR
67. Anadi Das, Ex-M.P.
68. Dandapani Mohanty, Darman Prathirodh Manch, Orissa
69. KPK Rao, Advocate & TV Reader
70. S.K. Mahapatra, Advocate
71. S.N. Mudali, Advocate
72. Viswapriya Kanunga, Advocate
73. Jitan Marandi RDF, Jharkhand
74. Neetai Ravani, Advocate
75. Satyanarayan Bhattacharya, Advocate
76. Shashibhushan Pathak, Democratic Rights activist
77. Tridib Ghosh, Civil Rights Activist
78. Bojja Tarakam, Advocate, Andhra Pradesh
79. KR Choudhary, Professor & Agricultural Scientist, Andhra Pradesh
80. Lateef Md. Khan, CLMC
81. K.D. Rao, Advocate, IAPL, Mumbai
82. Balbir Singh Saini, Advocate, Ambala, Haryana
83. Balbir Singh, Advocate
84. Ramesh, Democratic Rights activist
85. Sunil, President, Progressive Students’ Union, Uttarakhand
86. Prashant Dhayani, Journalist