condemn 'illegal' arrest of Feroze, Kishore
We, the undersigned, note with a sense of shock and
horror that last evening, at around 9 00 PM, prominent human rights and
social activist from Mumbai, Mr Feroze Mithiborwala, was picked up by
three police people from his residence at Marol and taken to the MIDC,
Andheri(E) police station. He has been kept under detention overnight. No
reason whatever has been indicated for this official "kidnap".
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 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
Feroze and Kishore Jagtap were released today around 5.45 pm without any
1. Mihir Desai Lawyer
2. Yusuf Muchala Lawyer
3. Sukla Sen Ekta
4. Jatin Desai Peoples' Media Initiative
5. Yogesh Kamdar Peoples' Union for Civil Liberties
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. Soheb Lokhandwala MPJ
16. Bhagwan Keshbhat YUVA
17. Sushovan Dhar Social Activist
18. Suvrat Raju
Received from Jatin Desai
Jul 18, 2009
AIMMM condemns illegal arrest of Feroze Mithiborwala,