No list of political prisoners in Singur, Nandigram
The new West Bengal government, has no list of those arrested for participating in the political movements in Singur and Nandigram which were the turning point in the political history of the state.kolkata Updated: Jun 22, 2011 07:38 IST
The new West Bengal government, has no list of those arrested for participating in the political movements in Singur and Nandigram which were the turning point in the political history of the state.
"The state government does not possess any list of persons taken into custody and later imprisoned for taking part in political movements in Singur and Nandigram," Justice (retd) Moloy Sengupta chairman of the Bandimukti Committee (Prisoner Release Committee) said after a second meeting of the state-sponsored body.
"We have sought help of NGOs in this regard," he said.
Trinamool Congress-backed Krishi Jami Raksha Committee convener Becharam Manna, however, said that 768 persons were on bail in 114 cases in Singur and urged the state government to withdraw the cases against them.
Stating that there were 2,890 undertrials in different jails in the state, Justice Sengupta said "Of these, 400-500 are political prisoners, but only 84 of them have been declared as such."
Justice Sengupta said that most of them were unaware of the rule that application had to be made to courts trying their cases to be declared political prisoners.
The Committee, he said, would instruct the director of prosecution to ensure immediate bail to those declared political prisoners.
He said that at the second stage, there should be a process of withdrawal of cases against them which would be disposed off quickly.
To a question, he said that political prisoners were defined under section 24 and 25 of the West Bengal Correctional Homes Act, 1992.
Stating that Committee would not be guided by political colour, he said it would be scrutinised if those arrested were taking part in political movements.
Manna, meanwhile, met law minister Moloy Ghatak and chief secretary Samar Ghosh with his demand.