The People's Union For Democratic Rights (PUDR), a national rights organisation based in New Delhi, strongly condemned arrest of an activist in Assam saying that it is an attempt of the government to intimidate the anti-dam popular movement into silence and submission.
On the contrary, the PUDR claimed that Mr Barbora was actively involved in numerous forums over the years highlighting issues of violation of rights. He was a long associate of the Manab Adhikar Sangram Samiti (MASS), an Assam-based human rights body. Recently he was active in the anti-mega-dams movement led by Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) and others. It is a commonplace for every keen observer of the movement against mega-dam that Mr Barbora was instrumental in forming the Mega Dam Resistance Forum, according the PUDR.
|KMSS and AASU demonstration against dams in |
the first week of September 2011 (Photo- sinlung.com)
"The Government, in order to forcefully pursue its corporate led development policy, is using police and other para-military forces to silence the democratically organized protests. The organisers of such protest movements are regularly being framed in the most draconian laws so that the anti people projects could be implemented to protect the interest of the big corporate. The government is regularly projecting these organisers as 'terrorists' or 'Maoists' by citing strange and unverifiable 'intelligence'/'police' sources. By invoking UAPA and by using the stick of association with 'banned' organisation it has become easy for authorities to damn people's protest. Even the judicial process is being used to intern them indefinitely in the prison and thus silence their voice of descent. Therefore, arrest of Pallab Barbora is obviously an attempt to intimidate the anti-dam popular movement into silence and submission" the PUDR said in a release signed by its secretaries Mr Paramjeet Singh and Ms Preeti Chauhan.