No reason whatever has been indicated for this official “kidnap”. He was not even allowed to talk to his lawyer.
It appears that he is picked up to prevent him from holding any protest demonstration against the visiting US Secretary of State, Ms. Hillary Clinton.
One does not have to agree with Mr. Mithiborwala on his political position to denounce this grossly undemocratic act on the part of the Mumbai Police. The right to dissent, and dissent in public, is what sets a “democracy” apart from an authoritarian regime. And we never tire of claiming, and not too unjustifiably, that India is the “largest democracy” in the world.
It is precisely in that context, the action of the Mumbai Police is extremely unfortunate and utterly condemnable.
We demand that the state Home Minister immediately take note and act against the erring officials.
He should also issue a note of apology as the buck presumably stops at his door.
Feroze and Kishore Jagtap were released today around the next day at 5.45 pm without any charge.
1. Mihir Desai Lawyer
2. Yusuf Muchala Lawyer
3. Sukla Sen Ekta
4. Jatin Desai Peoples’ Media Initiative
5. Zafarul Islam Khan (editor – Milli Gazette)
6. Seema Mustafa Journalist
7. Dolphy Dsouza Bombay Catholic Sabha
8. Nandita Shah Akshara
9. Sanober Keshwaar Human Rights activist
10. Lena Ganesh Social Activist
11. Jaya Velankar Writer
12. Daniel Mazgaonkar Sarvodaya Activist
13. Kamayani Mahabal Shetty Social Activist
14. K L Bajaj CPM
15. SQR Ilyas (editor – Afkar-e-Milli)
16. Bhagwan Keshbhat YUV
17. Sushovan Dhar Social Activist
18. Suvrat Raju
19. Tushar A. Gandhi Mahatma Gandhi Foundation.
20. Sanjay Singhvi (CPI-ML)
21. Asif Khan (Sahafat – Cartoonist)
22. Palash Biswas (Senior Journalist)
23. Sarfaraz Arzu (Hindustan Daily – Editor)
24. Anjali Kate Child Rights Activist
25. Sachin Godambe Maratha Seva Sangh
26. Alan Hart (author – UK)
27. John Ress (Stop The War Coalition, co-founder – UK)
28. Nadine Rossa Roso (Writer – Belgium)
29. Mary Sparrowdancer (Writer – USA)
30. Anand Swaroop Verma (Writer – Delhi)
31. Prof Rakesh Rafique (Moradabad)
32. Gopal Rai (Teesra Swadhinta Sangram – convenor)
33. Jagdish Haribhai Patel (UK)
34. Dr. Phiroz Poonawala (Philantrophist)
35. Varsha V V (Sarvodaya activist)
36. Amol Madame (Republican People of India)
37. Anand Ohade (Dalit & Trade Union Movement)
38. Jagdish Nagarkar (Phule Ambedkar Vichar Manch)
39. Mulniwasi Mala (Indian Social Movement)
40. Yogesh Kamdar (Peoples’ Union for Civil Liberties)
41. Soheb Lokhandwala Movement for Peace & Justice
Hillary visit: handful of people detained for ‘questioning’
JCP K L Prasad said it was preventive action and they would be released after questioning
Even as the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was meeting dignitaries in the city on Saturday, some activists were biding their time at two local police stations after being picked up for ‘questioning’. Incidentally, Feroz Mithiborwala and Kishor Jagtap who were picked up from their houses on Friday are part of Awami Bharat, a non-profit organisation that has held several protests against ‘US imperialism’ on earlier occasions.
“We were picked up from our houses on Friday night without being given a specific reason and brought to the MIDC police station. An official told us that we had been brought owing to an intelligence input and will be here till the next day. However, on Saturday, they told us that we would be allowed to leave only on Sunday. While Clinton’s visit or security has not been mentioned to us as the reason for our detention, we sat there for very long without even knowing why,” said Mithiborwala, who claimed that the police referred to an earlier protest they participated in demanding a high-level probe into the 26/11 attacks.
Mithiborwala and Jagtap were released at about 6 pm on Saturday, “without any explanation” on their detention or release, they said. A month after 26/11 Awami Bharat had demanded a high-level probe into the deaths of Hemant Karkare, Vijay Salaskar and Ashok Kamte and alleged that “certain political forces from within our country organised this terror attack with the help of the American CIA and the Israeli MOSSAD.”
Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone 10, K M M Prasanna said that they had been picked up only for questioning. Mithiborwala’s lawyer Gayatri Singh alleged that it was illegal detention.
Another activist from Jamaat-e-Islami, an Islamic revivalist movement, was detained by the V B Nagar police. “We detained Mohammed Aslam Ghazi, spokesperson for the Jamaat’s Maharashtra unit for preventive purposes as we expected him to indulge in some cognisable offence to disrupt Clinton’s visit,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone V, Milind Bharambe.
Joint Police Commissioner K L Prasad confirmed that a handful of people who were expected to create trouble during Clinton’s visit were held at a few police stations. He stressed that it was preventive action and they would be let off after questioning.