GUWAHATI, Oct 3 - The Forum Against Citizenship Act Amendment Bill (FACAAB), and the Left-Democratic Mancha, Assam (LDMA) have, in a joint statement here today, demanded that the culprits involved in the Bhima-Koregaon violence and those accused of engineering the anti-Dalit riots in many parts of the country must be brought to book in accordance with the law of the country and that they should not be exonerated.
FACAAB and LDMA have also appealed to all democratic forces and people in general to remain alert to the looming threat to democracy and justice and oppose such trends. Democratic rights and civil liberties must be saved in the country, they asserted.
FACAAB is a common platform of the concerned citizens, while LDMA is a joint platform of the CPI, CPI (M), CPI (ML), Janata Dal (S), Nationalist Congress Party, Liberal Democratic Party, Asom Sangrami Mancha, Aam Admi Party, Revolutionary Communist Party of India and the All India Forward Block.
Both the conglomerates have reiterated their opposition to all kinds of political violence, including the ones perpetrated by the State. They alleged that the role of the Maharashtra Police in handling the case involving the five intellectuals, who are reputed for their services to the Dalits and other deprived sections of the people, does not appear to be above board. The five intellectuals were arrested by the Maharashtra Police on charges of being �Urban Maoists�, a term which so far remains to be defined, the conglomerates said.
�The judicial system of our country must uphold the citizens� individual liberty and democratic rights guaranteed by the Constitution. These fundamental rights must not be trampled upon by the police under political pressure or influence,� they said.
In this context, the FACAAB and LDMA have welcomed the Delhi High Court verdict ordering release of journalist and social activist Gautam Navlakha. They also expressed the hope that the other four accused would also get the same kind of relief.