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Petition to Government of Kerala, CITIZENS OF INDIA, Amnesty International

Release Alan Suhaib & Thaha Fazal at the earliest.

Hello everyone, We, friends of Alan Shuhaib and Twaha Fazal who were charged with Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, seek the support of the student community in demanding their release. They have been unjustly slapped with a UAPA charge, branded as Maoists and are under arrest from November 1, 2019. We are collecting signatures from students across the country to be submitted to the Kerala Chief Minister. The civic society, and especially the student community across the country can persuade the government to rethink its stance on the issue. The following is the letter we will be submitting to the Kerala Govt with your name & affiliation: Letter in Malayalam: 2019 നവംബർ 1 ന് UAPA ചുമത്തി പന്തീരാങ്കാവിൽ വെച്ച് അലൻ ഷുഹൈബ്, ത്വാഹ ഫസൽ എന്നീ വിദ്യാർത്ഥികളെ കേരള പോലീസ് അറസ്റ്റ് ചെയ്തതും കേസ് NIA ക്ക് കൈമാറിയതും ഞങ്ങളെ ആശങ്കാകുലരാക്കുന്നു. നാളിതു വരെ മനുഷ്യരാശി സ്വരൂപിച്ചിട്ടുള്ള മുഴുവൻ അറിവുകളും നിർഭയമായി പരിശോധിക്കാനും സ്വന്തം ചുറ്റുപാടുകളെ വിമർശനാത്മകമായി വിലയിരുത്താനും വിദ്യാർത്ഥികൾക്ക് അവകാശമുണ്ട്. ഇന്ത്യയിലെമ്പാടും വിദ്യാർത്ഥികൾ തങ്ങളുടെ വിമർശക സ്വരം ഉയർത്തുന്ന സന്ദർഭവുമാണിത്. ലഘുലേഖ കയ്യിൽ വെച്ചു എന്നതുൾപ്പെടെയുള്ള കുറ്റാരോപണങ്ങളുടെ പേരിൽ രണ്ടു വിദ്യാർത്ഥികളെ തുറുങ്കിലടക്കുന്നത് ഫലത്തിൽ എല്ലാത്തരം പ്രതിഷേധങ്ങളെയും നിശ്ശബ്ദമാക്കുന്നതിനാണ് വഴിവെക്കുക. വിമർശനപരതയും അഭിപ്രായ വൈവിധ്യവുമാണ് അക്കാദമികാന്വേഷണങ്ങളുടെ ജീവവായു. അലൻ ഷുഹൈബിനെയും ത്വാഹ ഫസലിനെയും ഉടനെ മോചിപ്പിക്കാനായി ( NIA ആക്ട് സെക് ഷൻ 7 (B) പ്രകാരം അന്വേഷണവും വിചാരണയും സംസ്ഥാന സർക്കാരിനെ തന്നെ ഏല്പിക്കുന്നതിനാവശ്യമുന്നയിക്കുന്നതുൾപ്പെടെയുള്ള ) ഇടപെടലുകൾ നടത്തണമെന്ന് ഞങ്ങൾ കേരള സർക്കാരിനോടാവശ്യപ്പെടുന്നു. Letter in English: We are concerned and alarmed about the handing over of the cases of Allan Shuaib and Thwaha Fazal to NIA, who were arrested on 2019 November 1st by the Kerala police at Pantheerankavu under The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Students should have the freedom and right to form their own critical perspectives regarding the world around them using the entire wealth of knowledge available to the humanity. Diversity of opinion and critical thinking is the life breath of any academic enquiry. This is of utmost importance to us now, when all over India the youth is raising their critical voices. To put two students in lock up accusing them of having in possession books and leaflets will only lead to the silencing of all resistances and oppositional voices. We request the government of Kerala to take all possible measures to release Allan Shuaib and Thwaha Fazal, including invoking section 7(B) of The National Investigation Agency Act, to request Central government to return the enquiry and trial of the case being handled by NIA to the state government. THE DETAILS OF THE CASE: 24-year-old Twaha and 20-year-old Alan are studying journalism and law respectively. Alan is a CPM functionary and Twaha is a DYFI leader, but now they have been accused to be Maoists. Among the supposed 'Maoist materials' that the police recovered from their houses, are a copy of the CPM constitution; essays on Marxism, imperialism and extremism by Madhyamam editor O Abdurahman; 'Hello Bastar' by journalist Rahul Pandita. (Source: https://www.huffingtonpost.in/entry/kerala-pinarayi-vijayan-uapa-case-against-students_in_5dc259bbe4b08b735d620e3a ) The two young CPM workers were allegedly distributing 'Maoist' pamphlets when they were arrested, according to the first news reports about their arrest: (Source: https://english.mathrubhumi.com/news/kerala/two-cpm-workers-arrested-in-kozhikode-for-distributing-brochures-on-attappadi-encounter--1.4246905 Twaha's brother alleged that the police brought the pamphlets with them. (Source: https://english.mathrubhumi.com/news/kerala/uapa-against-youth-seized-pamphlets-were-brought-by-police-says-thaha-s-brother--1.4252037 ) Even as this remains to be proven in court, invoking UAPA for possession of ideological material is unfair. However the state government led by CPI(M), which has otherwise upheld the right to dissent, seems to do little against UAPA, the law which suppresses dissent. On the Alan and Twaha issue, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan emptily repeated police statements: https://www.telegraphindia.com/india/dont-paint-maoists-as-lambs-pinarayi-vijayan/cid/1716965 Many prominent cultural activists, apart from the opposition, have spoken against the arrest. (https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/solidarity-kerala-students-alan-suhaib-and-thaha-fazal-charged-under-uapa-grows-114936 ) It was not just them who criticised the use of UAPA in this case. Even CPI(M) Politburo members Prakash Karat and Sitaram Yechury have come out in support of Alan and Twaha. (Sources: https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/will-explore-legal-options-kerala-students-held-under-uapa-charges-yechury-112349 https://english.manoramaonline.com/news/kerala/2019/11/07/prakash-karat-urges-kerala-govt-to-undo-uapa-charges-against-stu.html The two young men have been languishing in judicial custody, ever since their arrest. They have complained of physical assault in custody. (Source: https://www.asianetnews.com/kerala-news/pantheerankavu-uapa-case-police-harassment-in-police-custody-alen-and-thahas-response-q4hxih ) Last month NIA had taken over the UAPA cases. Recently the NIA special court granted NIA a 7-day custody of Alan and Twaha. (Source: https://english.manoramaonline.com/news/kerala/2020/01/21/uapa-arrests-nia-custody-alan-thaha.html Picture Courtesy: www.keralakaumudi.com

Sridhar A
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