Private email sent by Bijaya Chanda
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Private email sent by Bijaya Chanda
I am a 39 years old Advocate practising at Alipore District Sessions & Criminal Court in West Bengal and residing at P-1 Stste Bank Park, !st Floor, Kolkata 700063.I am a human rights activist and a member of ' Association for Protection of Democratic Rights' (A.P.D.R.) a pioneer human rights organization in West Bengal. On 05.03.08 a fact finding team consisting of 5 members of A.P.D.R. viz. 1.myself, 2.Siddhartha Sengupta, 3.Anup Dutta, 4.Prashanta Halder and 5.Mrs. Ratna Bhowmick went to visit and observe human rights situation in different areas of Nandigram Block-1 and Block-2. Our scheduled programme was to stay there till 07.03.08 and to spend nights in the villages and we informed the same in writing to the O/C, Nandigram P.S. and to the DIG,CRPF,Nandigram at about 2 p.m. Then we started for the village Garchakraberia.
We reached Garchakraberia at about 3 p.m., met some villagers including Mujibar Rahaman of Bhumi Uchchhed Pratirodh Committee (BUPC) and went to Sonachura Bazar by a motor van.As soon as we reached Sonachura Bazar at about 7-20 p.m.near the house of Panchayet Pradhan Lakshan Mondal some 60/70 CPI(M) cadres led by 1.Lakshman Mondal, Panchayet Pradhan,2. Anup Mondal, member of Sonachura Anchal Panchayet, 3Badal Mondal MOndal, 4.Joydeb Paik, 5.Chandrakanta Paik, 6.Chintamoni Das, 7.Sagar Ch. Mondal. 8.Prabir Das,9.Rabin Mondal, 10.Ganesh Pal, 11.Bishweshar Pradhan, 12.Bidhan Pramanick and 13.Santosh Halder encircled us, asker us to get down and started abusing us with the most filthy languages.When we got down they asked about our destination. I stated that we would go to Sonachura Shahid Smriti Swasthakendra and we had informed the P.S.about our programme beforehand but those CPI(M) people started shouting by saying,' You are Maoists and we will search your bags and we will cimplain to the police.' I disclosed my identity as a lawywe, showed them my identity card issued by Bar Council of W.B.And Received copy of 2 intimation letters written in APDR's official pad to the O/C Nandigram P.S. and the DIG,CRPF and also requested them to search our bags if necessary and let us go to Swasthakendra. But instead of paying any heed they forcefully confined us at the chamber of one Dr. Pratap Pal and said that we are outsiders, we have no right to enter into Nandigram and they will never allow us to stay there. Being ahuman rights activist and a member of APDR I visited different areas of Nandigram including Sonachura and Gangra several times since after the incident of 14 March, 2007 . Hence local people are quite aware of my identity but in spite of that those CPI(M) people falsely and purposefully informed the police that they had caught 5 terrorists/Maoists with intention to harass and threaten us.
During our confinement those CPI(M) people abused us in the most filthy languages especially severel times uttered slang languages and made indecent gestures intending to insult the modesty of myself and Mrs. Ratna Bhowmick as a result of which Ratna Bhowmick fell sick. Moreover they threatened us of committing murder of us, of burrying us alive and of flaying our skin. They even threatened us by saying that they would keep arms inside our bags before police come.We were not allowed to talk over mobile phones.
Police from Nandigram P.S.came at about 8-45 p.m. In presence of police also CPI(M) people continued the abusive and slang languages and criminal intimidation and asked the police to leave us at their hands although nothing objectionable was found while police searched our bags.Four workers of Sonachura Swathakendra were caught by the R.A.F. and were kicked and slaped and hit by lathi as because they were preparing meal for us. This episode continued till 1-10 p.m.untill police started for the p.s. along with us and those 4 workers of Swasthakendra.Those 4 workers were kept in the lock-up.tillabout 11-30 a.m. on 06.03.08.
While we were getting on the police zeep Chandrakanta Paik of CPI
(M) snached away from my hand the received copy of intimation letter addressed to the O/C and indicating me and Siddhartha Sengupta said in loud voice,' these two use to come frequently. We should not have let them go, rather we should have finished them today.'
We had to be detained in the p.s. till 10-15 a.m. on 06.03.08.and till then we were not allowed to contact our relatives or organization. Afterwards we were allowed to leave the p.s. with Mr. Abu Taher , the Joint Secretary of BUPC. I had 3 letters with me written by my client, a resident of Gokulnagar, Nandigram who is now in Judicial Custody. Those letters, a printed map of Purba Medinipur and Paschim Medinipur and a book which I had Bought from BUPC office at Nandigram on that very day and a personal note book of Ratna Bhowmick and some xeroxed documents obtained by Anup Dutta are still lying with Nandigram P.S.
As I was undergoing trauma I sent my complaint to the Superintendent of Police, Purba Medinipur by Speed Post only on 09.03.08.