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OFFICE OF THE

BARAK HUMAN RIGHTS PROTECTION COMMITTEE


Rongpur Part-IV (Near Uco Bank), Silchar - 9, Cachar (Assam)
A huan rights organisation of the nature as is contemplated under Sec 12 (i) of the Protection of
Human Rights Act, 1993 and registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.
E-mail: bhrpc.net@gmail.com, FAX- 03842-263592
WebPages: http://bhrpc.net.googlepages.com

Ref. No. BHRPC/LO/GHY/01 Date:.08-11- 2008

Chairperson Dear Sir/Madam,


Mr. Manindra Sankar
Gupta
Ph. No. 03842-260482 This is a statement issued by Secretary General of BHRPC to be released/
(R) published immediately.

Statement of BHRPC on the Attack in Delhi University by


ABVP Members
Vice-Chairperson
Dr. Niloy Kanti Paul
Barak Human Rights Protection Committee (BHRPC), a human rights
99549-68873 (M)
organization working in Assam) strongly condemns the latest incident of
vandalism by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP, student wing of
the Bharatia Janata Party) in Delhi University, in which members of the
press community were also made victims.
Secretary General
Neharul Ahmed
Mazumder The University Community, an independent group of students and teachers
94359-89997 (M) of Delhi University, had organised a meeting on “Communalism, Fascism
and Democracy: Rhetoric and Reality” on 6th November 2008 at Room
No. 22 Arts Faculty. It did not come as a surprise that right-wing forces
would be opposed to any meaningful discussion on these issues.
Jt. Secretary
Sadique Mahd. Laskar As soon as SAR Geelani, lecturer at Zakir Husain College of University of
94352-01685(M) Delhi, entered the hall and took his seat on the stage, one of the ABVP
activists sitting inside came up and spat on his face twice.

The ABVP activists attacked the women students and participants, broke
Executive Member the microphone and hurled chairs. They also manhandled media persons
Anup Kumar Nath
who were covering the meeting. Two journalists from Tehelka and Mail
94352-00628 (M)
Today, who were speakers at the meeting, were threatened by ABVP.

This is ominous because during a meeting on communalism and fascism


the chair, speakers and other participants have been attacked in a country
Executive Member
Habibur Rahman which is known to be democratic, secular and respectful to the human
Choudhury rights and the rule of law. This act of vandalism is nothing but the
03843-261500 (O) manifestation of threat posed by communal and fascist forces to the secular
and democratic fabric of our country.

Contd.....
OFFICE OF THE
BARAK HUMAN RIGHTS PROTECTION COMMITTEE
Rongpur Part-IV (Near Uco Bank), Silchar - 9, Cachar (Assam)
A huan rights organisation of the nature as is contemplated under Sec 12 (i) of the Protection of
Human Rights Act, 1993 and registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.
E-mail: bhrpc.net@gmail.com, FAX- 03842-263592
WebPages: http://bhrpc.net.googlepages.com

Ref. No. BHRPC/LO/GHY/01 Date:.08-11- 2008

Chairperson
Mr. Manindra Sankar
Gupta
This is a failure on the part of police and administration to perform their
Ph. No. 03842-260482 legal duty to provide security and ensure the exercise of the right to freedom
(R) of thought and expression by the citizens of the country.

BHRPC calls upon the human rights and civil society organisations to protest
against this assault on academic freedom and democratic rights. BHRPC
Vice-Chairperson also urges the authorities:
Dr. Niloy Kanti Paul
99549-68873 (M) 1. To initiate a prompt, impartial and time-bound investigation into this act
of vandalism.

2. To lodge an FIR against ABVP members, who were responsible for this
Secretary General vandalism.
Neharul Ahmed
Mazumder
94359-89997 (M) 3. To pay adequate compensation to those who have been victimized.

4. To take adequate measures to prevent repetition of such vandalism and


violations of human rights.
Jt. Secretary
Sadique Mahd. Laskar Issued by
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Sd/
Neharul Ahmed Mazumder
Secretary General
Executive Member
Anup Kumar Nath
94352-00628 (M)

Executive Member
Habibur Rahman
Choudhury
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