PUCL executive member Kailash Meena, the leading anti mining and anti displacement activist from Neem ka Thana, Sikar District, Rajasthan, India 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.
People Union Civil Liberties ( PUCL ) executive member Kailash Meena, the leading anti mining and anti displacement activist from Neem ka Thana, Sikar District, Rajasthan, India was arrested on Dec 20th, 2011 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 - 10of 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 MLAs 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 corporate 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.
I demand that State needs to o see that this harassment is stopped and he be released at the earliest.