Saturday, January 30, 2010

Worse Victim of UAPA

Swapan Dasgupta Fighting An Uneven Battle

Last 6 October 2009 Kolkata police arrested Swapan Dasgupta, editor of Bangla People's March, a registered magazine.  Cases were booked against him under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). He was under police custody for 28 days and became victim of physical and mental torture. He has been suffering from asthmac v  for several years. Although the administration and government were  fully aware of that, compelled him to sleep on cold floor in winter and worsen his condition. Doctor advised him to drink luke-warm water. Jail administration was unable to provide such facility. Human right organizations like APDR, Bandi-Mukti-Committee (Committee for Release of Political Prisoners) agreed to provide thermo-flask, but jail-authority did not permit. Lack of treatment in jail hospital worsened his condition and finally he was shifted to S.S.K.M. Hospital, Kolkata on 17 December. However, negligence from part of the administration and government continued. Police were posted at the side of his bade. Administration prevented his family members and friends to visit him.  The inhumanitarian incident was surfaced when 11 organization including APDR, Bandi-Mukti-Committee started agitation. APDR lodged a complaint with National Human Right Commission. 

However, negligence and lack of treatment meanwhile brought Swapan Dasgupta to the deathbed. He is now in ventilation.

Swapan Dasgupta is fighting an uneven battle.

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