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Human Rights activists in Delhi protest against Binayak Sens arrest

Human Rights activists on Saturday protested the arrest of two of their leaders in Chhattisgarh on charges of having links with Maoist rebels.

New Delhi, May 26 : Human Rights activists on Saturday protested the arrest of two of their leaders in Chhattisgarh on charges of having links with Maoist rebels.

They protested against the arrest of Binayak Sen, a paediatrician working in remote villages to evolve a low cost health plan for the locals, and Rajendra Sail, an activist of People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL).

Sen, who is also the Vice-President of PUCL, is a vociferous critic of the Salwa Judum movement, government-sponsored movement to counter the Maoists.

"We have forwarded this case to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and today again after the arrest of Rajendra Sail we have send another letter. We will also send a letter in this regard to the Prime Minister, urging him to intervene in this matter. In this manner, we aim to make sure that attack on the human rights activists is an attack on the constitution of India," said Y P Chhiber, general secretary of PUCL.

"I have met the Union Home Minister, and also issued public statements that the PUCL is committed to non-violence but neither the government of India nor the Chhattisgarh government has done anything about it," said Rajendra Sachar, a former judge of the Supreme Court.

Activists of the PUCL had earlier staged a demonstration in New Delhi.

ANI

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