‘We will continue to oppose Salwa Judum’
Human Rights activist Binayak Sen said in Kolkata on Friday that he and his association would continue to oppose the Salwa Judum in Chhattisgarh. “There is no question of stopping opposition of Salwa Judum in Chhattisgarh,” Sen told mediapersons while on a visit to the city to see his mother.
Sen who had been in Raipur jail for two years for alleged links with Maoists, was released on bail on Monday following a Supreme Court order.
He said that some senior police officers have told him that there was a “specific” threat to him from within the Chhattisgarh government.
“I have senior friends in the police service outside Chhattisgarh who have informed me that there is a specific threat to my life within the Chhattisgarh government and they have asked me to be careful,” Sen said.
The 59-year-old activist, winner of 2008 Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights, was languishing behind bars for the past two years after the state government accused him of helping Maoists in the state.
“I certainly felt safer inside the jail and already there is information (that there is a threat)...They (friendly police officers) have asked me to be careful,” Sen said.
Various human right groups had drawn attention to Sen’s incarceration while a group of 22 Nobel laureates petitioned the Indian government for his release. Recalling his days in the Raipur jail, Sen said, “There is corruption every where and the jail was no different. The Raipur jail was nothing new to me. I had been there as an activist and a doctor.”