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PUCL condemns the arrest of PUCL executive member Kailash Meena

*CALLS it VINDICITVE ACTION OF RAJASTHAN POLICE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF MLA
RAMESH KHANDELWAL & the MINING LOBBY*

*WILL GO TO NHRC HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS CELL*

*CARRY OUT A NATIONAL CAMPAIGN FOR THE RELEASE OF KAILASH MEENA.*

Jaipur,

20th December, 2011

*APPEAL*

PUCL condemns the arrest of PUCL executive member Kailash Meena, the
leading anti mining and anti displacement activist from Neem ka Thana,
Sikar District. We had continuously written to the Home Department and the
DG police that several false cases had been made out against Kailash. He
was arrested today by the Police of Patan Police Station at around 1 pm. He
was later produced in front of the magistrate and sent into judicial
custody.

He has been booked under four false cases while the Dabla movement against
stone crushers was on. Three cases have just been made out in Patan Thana
and one in Neem Ka thana. Patan Thaana FIRs are as follows. FIR number 108
dated 4/5/2011 u/s 147/332/353/336, this was the FIR when Kailash Meena was
not even present in Dabla village when the police. FIR number 250 dated
24/04/2011 u/s 452/323 and 3- 1 – 10 of the SC and ST Act, was also made out
falsely by the mining lobby people when the movement was at its peak and
similarly, FIR no 124, dated 14/06/2011 u/s 452, 323, 143 of the IPC, is
totally false, when PUCL interns had gone to Dabla and had on the way
stopped on the roadside to simply see the chemical factory of the MLA
Ramesh Khandelwal, it was falsely implicated that they had threatened the
MLA’s man.

It is clear that Kailash Meena has been arrested as he has confronted the
mining lobby which has MLA Ramesh Khandelwal as its guardian. Because of
the success of the movement stone crushing and mining had stopped in Dabla,
Sikar.

As recent as on 9th December on the eve of Human Rights, Kailash had also
addressed a press conference fearing his arrest. The PUCL had said that
human rights defenders in Rajasthan are under great threat as the
administration, police and the judiciary are all working in the interest of
corporates and are out to crush movements and their leaders. He was also a
part of the convention that had been called by HRLN on the Attack on Human
Rights Defenders in the country.

Kailash is a Human Rights Defender and is protected under International law
on human rights defenders to which India a signatory since 1998. We feel
that it is the bounden duty of the State to see that this harassment is
stopped and he be released at the earliest. PUCL will go to NHRC and also
carry out a national campaign for the release of Kailash Meena.

Please immediately write to Ashok Gehlot, CM Rajasthan, demanding the release
of Kailash Meena. Ashok Gehlot can be conatacted at the following address
and phone/fax numbers and email address

*Residence*

8, Civil Lines,

Jaipur 302006 (Raj.)

INDIA

*Phone * : +91(141)2228712, 2228713

*Fax * : +91(141)2228705

*Email * : cmrajasthan@nic.in

*Office*

Chief Minister’s Office,

Secretariat,

Jaipur 302005 (Raj.)

INDIA

*Phone * : +91(141)2227656, 2227716

*Fax * : +91(141)2227687

*Email * :cmraj@rajasthan.gov.in

cmrajasthan@nic.in

You can also contact SP Sikar Gaurav Srivastava 01572- 270025/26 and
270027. mobile phone number: 8696937400