Release Arun Ferreira, Ashok Reddy (Murali), Dhanendra Bhurle and Naresh Bansod and stop narco-analysis and other forms of torture sign now

Shri Vilasrao Deshmukh,
Chief Minister of Maharashtra
Telephone: (022) 2202-5151,5222
Email: chiefminister@maharashtra[email protected]

Shri R R Patil
Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister of Maharashtra
Telephone: 22022401,22025014
Email: [email protected]

CC: The Chairperson, Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission,
Ph No : 91 22 2207 1155, 91 22 2207 3434 Fax : 91 22 2207 3434

Subject: Release Arun Ferreira, Ashok Reddy (Murali), Dhanendra Bhurle and Naresh Bansod and stop narco-analysis and other forms of torture

Respected Sirs,
The abovementioned four social activists were arrested on 8th May, 2007 under provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 2004 and have been kept in detention till date. As we all know, UAPA is a successor to notorious earlier laws like TADA and POTA. The reason for their detention? They are supposedly `naxalites out to create trouble on a host of issues. The police have told the media that theyve found incriminating evidence on them and that they were supposedly in possession of anti-government material on SEZs, Ramabai Nagar, Khairlanji, farmer suicides, that they were planning to blow up Dikshabhoomi in Nagpur and so on.

Arun Ferreira and the 3 others have been incriminated in an unknown number of crimes covering about half a dozen police stations in different and far-flung districts of Vidarbha. For more than 3 months they were taken from one police station to another covering long distances and made to undergo prolonged periods of custody accompanied by inhuman methods of torture under each police station. From day one, the detainees have complained to their advocates and the courts before whom they were produced, about the third-degree treatment they have been subjected to. The brutal methods have included:
hanging them from the beams of the lock-up;
degrading treatment on their genitals including having ice packed on them;
pumping petrol up the anus of one of the detainees.
During their period of detention of almost four months, two of the detainees, Arun Ferreira and Murali have had to face narco-analysis tests - the most dangerous method which is least recognized as torture. After undergoing one round of tests, a remote police station in Bhandara has procured permission for conducting it once more on the same two detainees.

The U N Convention against Torture and other Cruel Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment specifically prohibits the use of third degree methods by investigating agencies in order to extract confessions from detainees. India is a signatory to the Convention (though yet to ratify it) and it terms itself the worlds largest democracy too. The Indian police are bound by the Indian Constitution which certainly does not bestow any legality on police torture or methods such as narco-analysis.

Despite the use of such condemnable unconstitutional and inhuman methods of torture, the Nagpur police have not been able to establish any credible evidence against Arun Ferreira and others of their involvement in illegal and anti-national activities as earlier claimed.

The families of the detainees have also been submitted to repeated interrogations and house searches which is clearly a form of unwarranted harassment.
We, the undersigned therefore appeal to you to:

1. Immediately release Arun Ferreira, Ashok Reddy, Dhanendra Bhurle and Naresh Bansod and withdraw the provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 2004 imposed on them.
2. Withdraw the use of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 2004 which has been repeatedly misused to illegitimately detain innocent persons.
3. Order an inquiry into the widespread use of narco-analysis and other forms of torture, stop the use of narco-analysis and take suitable action against those police officers responsible for the use of torture on detainees.
4. Stop the unwarranted harassment of the families of the detainees.

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Latest Signatures

  • 23 December 2015300. Shalini M
    do not torture innocent people
  • 10 December 2015299. Yrodrigues Bennett
    Immediately release Arun and companions
  • 05 December 2015298. Afaque A
    I support this petition
  • 14 November 2015297. Nissi B
    Is this how India sees itself on the road to becoming a superpower when there is no respect for human rights?are we still calling ourselves civilized????
  • 11 November 2015296. Christopher Bell
  • 23 October 2015295. Anne T
    I demand that Arun,Ashok,Dhanendra,Naresh be set free as they were working to safeguard the rights of the poor
  • 21 October 2015294. Marisha F
    I support this petition
  • 18 October 2015293. Sejal Barker
    I support this petition
  • 25 September 2015292. Yulricka Sandoval
    I support this petition
  • 24 September 2015291. Lorraine Rodriguez
    I support this petition
  • 16 September 2015290. Deepika S
    this is the biggest shame to a country which calles it self democratic. Shame...shame great shame.
  • 14 September 2015289. Muhammad H
    The torture methods being follwed in Iraq, India and our Bangladesh and elsewhere around the globe make the word CIVILIZATION just a mockery. How long ?
  • 11 September 2015288. Ann H
    I support this petition
  • 23 August 2015287. Chatura F
    I support this petition
  • 14 August 2015286. Pramila Henry
    I support this petition
  • 08 August 2015285. Rudi H
    I support this petition
  • 26 July 2015284. Rose D
    Immediately release Arun,Ashok, Dhanendra, Naresh - they have been working with the voiceless and the poor.
  • 22 July 2015283. Susan A
    Let us work for a just society where rule of law prevails
  • 21 June 2015282. Chetna J
    I support this petition
  • 18 June 2015281. Lorraine Nolan
  • 03 May 2015280. Damodar L
    Stop Immediately the wrongful use of Juditial system Pretending investigation of cognizable offences. There is already ample powers and provisions for the police agencied for the investigations. Sadly Narco and other scientific tests are today being used
  • 30 April 2015279. Cisily J
    Release Arun and the three others immediately.Stop false accusations against them and let their human rights be upheld.
  • 27 April 2015278. Asha D
    Arun and the three others were working at the grassroot level for the oppressed . This is essential for the progress of the country. Their arrest and inhuman torture is very unjust.Release them immediately,
  • 12 April 2015277. Sumitra P
    Immediately release Arun, Ashok, Dhanendra, Naresh - they are truly working for the poor & exploited.
  • 08 April 2015276. Saifuddin B
    I support this petition
  • 07 April 2015275. Jose D
    Release them immediately
  • 06 April 2015274. Fr Anthonyr
    We expect justice from this government

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