We Condemn arrresting of Abhishek
Release student leader Abhishek Mukerjee and stop repression on the people struggling against the acquisition of land in Singur !
We strongly condemn the arrest of Abhishek Mukerjee, General Secretary of Revolutionary Students Front (RSF), a constituent of All India Revolutionary Students Federation (AIRSF), on December 8th. Abhishek was returning after attending a public meeting at Jadavpur University.The public meeting was organized by RSF to protest against the repression being let loose by the West Bengal state and its police on the people and organizations struggling against the forced acquisition of the farmers land at Singur in District Hoogly. The West Bengal ‘Left’ Front Govt. lead by CPM is bent upon leaving all the doors open for the foreign capital. For the last many years ithad been ambiguously opposing the imperialist penetration into West
Bengal but actually trying to woo it by saying that it is preparing ground for industrial peace so that the foreign capital may find a conducive ground for huge investments. Now they have started nakedly inviting FDI. As it has been impossible for it to create this ”
peaceful” social and industrial environment, it is resorting to massive repression against the people who are opposing such projects and the acquisition of land. Now CM, Budhadeb
Bhatacharjee, has openly asked the people to stop their resistance.RSF has been actively involved in opposing this acquisition. As it is well known, this land which is about one thousand acres is being handed over to the Tatas for their small car project.
This meeting was attended and addressed by Medha Patkar convener of National Alliance of Peoples Movement (NAPM), Sujato Bhadra, General Secretary of Association for Protection of Democratic Rights, W.B.,Shebendu Das Gupta, Professor Kolkota University and Nabarun Bhatacharji, a well known poet and many others.
Abhishek was picked up along with five other members of RSF and they were taken to Beniapukur police station. While others were let off,Abhishek was arrested and has been charged under sections 120-B, 147,148, 149, 452 and 427 Cr.P.C.
It is learnt that he has since been taken to Police Headquarters at Lal Bazar and it is feared that he will be tortured in police custody.We express our full solidarity to RSFcomrades.We unequivocally demands the unconditional and immediate release of Abhishek and upholds the democratic right of people to protest against the anti-people policies of the State.