Sunday, February 28, 2010

Intellectuals demand handover of PCPA leader's body to family

Kolkata: Prominent intellectuals in the city have demanded that the body of Maoist-backed People's Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA) president, who was shot dead in an alleged encounter by the joint forces, be handed over to his family members immediately.

In a letter sent to West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee yesterday, the intellectuals alleged that the family members who had gone to claim Lalmohan Tudu's body were turned away by the police and threatened with arrest.

The letter, signed by Magsaysay award winning social activist and writer Mahasweta Devi among others, said the human rights were being violated by not allowing the cremation of Tudu to take place.

They demanded that the Chief Minister make immediate arrangements for the handover of the body to his family.

The intellectuals also wanted their representative to be present on the spot to ensure that proper norms were being maintained in the handover of the body and its cremation.

The letter was also signed by writer Sankha Ghosh, Trinamool Congress MP and singer Kabir Suman, theatre personalities Bibhas Chakraborty, Koushik Sen and Saonli Mitra, poet Joy Goswami and painter Jogen Chowdhury, among others.


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