December 27, 2010 2:33:04 am
The Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI) has demanded the immediate release of Dr Binayak Sen,who has been sentenced to life imprisonment for sedition and collusion with Maoists.
The arrest of Dr Binayak Sen,charging him of sedition and sentencing him to life imprisonment is an outright subversion of democracy and a downright fascist measure, said SUCI general secretary Provash Ghosh in a press release on Sunday.
He said already 22 eminent people,including Nobel laureates,have held that the charges of treason against Sen are fictitious and framed up and have severely condemned the act of thrusting life term on him.
We have said on a number of occasions that the activities of those calling themselves Maoists are totally against the thoughts of Mao Zedong,detrimental to growth and development of democratic movement,and virtually providing a handle to the ruling class and ruling party in ruthlessly crushing legitimate struggles of the toiling masses. We have also demanded that the Maoist problem has to be resolved by initiating appropriate political process, he added.
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He further said that even if it was assumed for arguments sake that Sen had supported Maoists or was in touch in them,how could that be construed as a crime equivalent to culpable homicide for which he should serve life term?
This portends a serious threat to democracy and democratic movement. We strongly condemn this verdict and demand the immediate unconditional release of Sen, he added.
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