On a hot May afternoon in 2007, as Arun Ferreira, a human rights activist, waits to meet some colleagues at the Nagpur railway station, 15 men surround him, bundle him into a car and kick and punch him senselessly as they drive him away. Blindfolded, he stumbles into the Nagpur police gymkhana when he realises that he is being detained by their anti-naxal cell. After 11 hours of being flogged with a belt, and no sight of an arrest warrant, Ferreira is informed that he has been arrested under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 2004, and alleged to be the chief of communications of the Maoist Party.To extract a confession about his links with the Maoists, the police concoct diabolical ways of torture and finally give up. He writes: 'My arms were tied to a window grill high above the ground while two policemen stood on my outstretched thighs to keep me pinned to the floor. This was calculated to cause maximum pain without leaving visible injuries. Despite these precautions, my ears started to bleed and my jaws began to swell.'