Mnp left parties demand release of its leader

Mnp left parties demand release of its leader
Leaders of left parties in Manipur setting Monday deadline to release CPI leader during a news conference in Imphal on Sunday. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Jan 12 | Publish Date: 1/12/2020 12:27:32 PM IST

Left parties in Manipur on Sunday threatened to intensify its ongoing agitations demanding immediate unconditional release of state CPI leader L Sotinkumar.

The parties comprising CPI, CPI(M), AIFB and RSP announced that if the state government fails to release Sotinkumar on Monday, the parties will intensify its agitations.

N Biren led BJP’s coalition government arrested CPI Manipur state council secretary Laishram Sotinkumar during its crackdown against anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019 movement in the state.

Sotinkumar was among workers and leaders of state CPI arrested by the police during left parties sponsored nationwide 12-hour general strike against CAA on December 19. Even as others were released on the next day, Sotinkumar who was released by the court on bail was rearrested by the police from the gate of the court.

Among others charges, he was booked under 124(A) of Indian Penal Code related to sedition,  which his party CPI alleged was a repressive measure by the BJP-led coalition government.

He is currently in judicial custody and is likely to be produced in court tomorrow (Monday) on completion of his judicial remand period.

Since the day his re-arrest , many CSOs, political parties including main opposition Congress, student bodies and women based bodies have condemned the repressive measure of the incumbent BJP-led government and demanded the unconditional release of the CPI leaders. Addressing a press conference in Imphal’s Irawat Bhavan on Sunday, left parties – CPI, CPI(M), AIFB and RSP – reiterated their demand for conditional release of Sotinkumar.

State CPI leader Kh Surchand demanded immediate withdrawal of cases filed against Sotinkumar, who led the anti-CAA protests in the state alleging that the action of the state government seemed to be based on revenge.

He alleged that the antic of the government was similar to threatening those who try to voice their concern or opinion with arrests and detention..

He informed that a complaint has been filed to the Manipur Human Rights Commission (MHRC) against the arbitrary arrest of the leader and added that they will also file a complaint to the UNO.

CPI(M) Manipur state council secretary Kh Santa condemned the excess meted out by the state government in booking Sotinkumar under section 124(A) of IPC.

He alleged the state government of misusing IPC claiming that protest against CAA has nothing to do with the sedition for which government charged the CPI leader. Also taking part in the press conference, spouse of arrested CPI leader Th Bedamani, who was behind filing of a complaint against arbitrary arrest of her husband to the MHRC, sought  support of the people in securing her husband’s unconditional release. Mention may be made that acting on a complaint, Manipur Human Rights Commission chairperson Khaidem Mani has asked the state DGP to submit investigation report on all the FIRs registered against Sotinkumar.

He had also directed directors of JN Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) and state health department to furnish detailed report on health conditions and treatment provided to the CPI leader.

Bedamani informed the media that she, with the backing of the Human Rights Alert, was planning to file similar complaints to National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), seeking their intervention in the “arbitrary” arrest and detention of her husband.


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