West Bengal: HRLN activist assaulted, falsely arraigned and arrested

Sri Krishna Kumar Chatterjee, a human rights defender associated with Human Rights Law Network in South 24 Parganas, West Bengal, was attacked by miscreants who wanted to avenge Sri Chatterjee for helping a person in defending his rights from these miscreants. Chatterjee was brutally assaulted and had to be rescued by the officers of the Bhangore Police Station from a local club where he had been forcefully detained. However, after the rescue, the police did not arrange for his medical treatment. Neither did it move to arrest the miscreants. Instead, the police instead arraigned him in a criminal proceeding and detained him at the police station. Amongst other offences, Sri Chatterjee was implicated under Sections 3 and 5 of the Explosive Substances Act for allegedly carrying “bombs”. There has been no step taken by the police on the basis of the letter of complaint submitted to the same police station narrating the incidents on behalf of Sri Chatterjee. On October 13, 2014, HRLN members moved for Chatterjee's bail when he was produced before the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate at Baruipur, South 24 Parganas. However, the prayer for bail was cancelled. Bail application will be moved again before the District Sessions Judge. This is a grave situation which reveals the vulnerability of all human rights defenders, and we should take urgent notice of this incident and seek justice for him. For further details, please contact: Advocate Debashish Banerjee Human Rights Law Network 1 A, Sohini Apartment (Opposite Kalighat Fire Station) 3, Parbati Chakraborty Lane, Kolkata-700026 Phone: (033) 4008-3355 Email : kolkata@hrln.org