giovedì 12 settembre 2013

INDIA - Detained journalist at risk of torture.

Journalist and human rights activist Prashant Rahi was arrested on 1 September 2013 on suspicion of having links with a banned organization. He is being held in police custody in Aheri, Maharashtra state, and is at imminent risk of torture or other ill-treatment.
52-year-old Prashant Rahi, also known as Prashant Sanglikar, is a freelance journalist and activist from the state of Uttarakhand. He has been actively working to secure legal aid for people arrested on suspicion of having links with the Communist Party of India - Maoist (CPI – Maoist), a banned armed group fighting for more than a decade to overthrow elected governments in several Indian states.
The Maharashtra police have stated that they arrested Prashant Rahi in Gondia, Maharashtra while he was heading to meet a senior member of the CPI (Maoist). However, Prashant Rahi’s family say that he was arrested in Raipur, Chhattisgarh, while on his way to meet a lawyer.
Prashant Rahi is being held under India’s principal anti-terror legislation, the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), for allegedly being involved in unlawful activities, and being a member of and supporting a terrorist organization. The police also suspect Prashant Rahiof involvement in criminal conspiracy. A local court has remanded him in police custody until 16 September 2013. Reports of torture in custody and forced confessions conducted by police in India are very common, especially for suspects arrested under anti-terror laws.
Prashant Rahi had been arrested in 2007 in Uttarakhand on similar charges, and allegedly tortured in detention by police officers. He was released on bail in 2011 after three years in prison. The allegations of torture during that detention have not been investigated. A trial court in Rudrapur, Uttarakhand that is hearing the 2007 case is expected to deliver its judgement later this month.
Please write immediately in English or your own language:
  • Calling on Maharashtra authorities to ensure that Prashant Rahi is protected from torture and other ill-treatment while in custody;
  • Urging authorities to ensure that Prashant Rahi is given a fair trial;
  • Urging them to investigate the alleged torture of Prashant Rahi in police custody in 2007, and prosecute suspects, including those with command responsibility, in fair trials.
Aheri Sub-divisional Officer of Police
Suhash Bawche
Aheri Police Station
Maharashtra 442705
Fax: +91 7133 272047
Salutation: Dear Sir
Superintendent of Police
Suvez Haque
Gadchiroli Police Station
Near Telecom Office
Rampuri, Gadchiroli,
Maharashtra 442605
Fax:  +91 7132 222159
Salutation: Dear Sir
And copies to:
Home Minister, Maharashtra
R.R Patil
Home Department
7th Flr, World Trade Centre,
Cuffe Parade, Mumbai 400005
Fax: +91 22 22151733
(Home Secretary)
Salutation: Dear Sir

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