Yesterday around 4.30 AM in the morning, Tamizh Nation People’s Front Polit General Secretary Balan and Ko. Seenivasan (alias) Ko. Si. were arrested from their homes by the Salem Theevattipatti police officials. They have been arrested under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) section which was registered over a year and a half ago for participating in the last rites of Manivasagam, A Maoist leader killed by Kerala police in an alleged ‘encounter’.
In November 2019, Balan and Ko. Si. participated and paid the last respects to Comrade Manivasagam.
“Will they file cases for just attending the funeral of their Comrades?” Tamizh Nation People’s Front asked in a press statement.
Com. Sathish and Com. Arun Shourie of Polit Bureau of Tamizh Nation Peoples Front has also been issued summon notices in another case for raising slogans.
R. Sriram district committee member of Tamizh Nation People’s Front told Gauri Lankesh News that there was a meeting on “Anti-BJP movement” on January 20, 2021, in Chennai including seventy Tamil organisations. All of them came together to discuss a non-electoral alternative movement for upcoming elections in April. “We wanted to isolate the fascist BJP from Tamil Nadu politics and we decided to defeat BJP in Thirty to forty MLA seats which they are contesting with All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) alliance. Even though each and every movement has their own political stand and approach, some movements support Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) alliance and some other movements are boycotting the election. We come in a common platform to defeat the BJP where ever they contest. The meeting was hosted by Mr Balan who is the key organiser of the “defeat BJP movement”. Following the meeting, they (Police) picked him up in a case registered a year and a half ago.”
The district committee member told Gauri Lankesh News, “We condemned the killing of comrade Manivasakam and this is happening continuously. Before the killing of Manivasakam, comrade Ajitha was also killed by the ThunderBolt police force of ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI(M)) Government of Kerala. Our demand was to probe this fake encounter. Manivasakam’s body was brought to Salem while performing last rites in his funeral ceremony Mr Balan gave a funeral speech and comrade Seenivasan wrote a poem and delivered it. In FIR, there are 7 people in the accused list but Balan’s name or Seenivasan’s name was not there.
The Deputy superintendent of police (DSP) himself produced a confession under UAPA, saying that these activist confessed of participating in the funeral. Under UAPA the DSP has a right to do so. Even though their name was not mentioned in FIR they can arrest anybody anytime using the confession statement prepared by the police Similar methods were used in the Bhima Koregaon case to book Anand Teltumbde and Gautam Navlakha. In original FIR their names were not there but were added later as a confession statement prepared by the police themselves.
Tamizh Nation People’s Front condemned the high handedness of the Police Department of Edappadi Government. They told that foisting cases for just attending another Comrades funeral is an inhumane attack on basic human rights. They issued a statement asking for the immediate release of their Comrades.
Regional Centre for Victims of Torture (RCVT), A collective of human right defenders, eminent jurists, retired judges, lawyers, academics and writers a wing under an NGO called Jananeethi foundation published an independent enquiry report titled “Killing of four “Maoists” including a woman in an allegedly “encounter” with Thunderbolt commandos in forests at Attappady in Kerala”. The report called the encounter by police as “ Extra-Judicial killings”.
According to police, three Maoists including a woman were shot dead and arms were recovered from them on 28th October 2019. On the next day, the 29th Tuesday, Kerala police killed Manivasakam. No Thunderbolt personnel had any injury. One AK 47 rifle was recovered from the slain Manivasakam. Police alleged that three Maoists escaped from the scene of the battle
According to RCVT report when Manivasakam was shot down, there were more than 100 thunderbolt commandos including nearly 30 women in uniform. They all had guns with them. But Manivasakam had only two bullet injuries, one on his forehead and another on his side. According to the police, there was cross-firing for more than 2 hours.