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Mamata warns WB govt not to use UAPA against intellectuals

Last Updated: Monday, October 5, 2009 - 20:09

Kolkata: Trinamool Congress leader Mamata
Banerjee today warned the Left government in West Bengal not
to use the stringent anti-terror law Unlawful Activities
(Prevention) Act against intellectuals.

Her warning came two days after the West Bengal
government declared that those demanding release of
Maoist-backed tribal leader Chhatradhar Mahato were punishable
under the Act.

With eminent writer Mahasweta Devi planning to take out a
rally to demand Mahato`s release, Banerjee asked the Buddhadeb
Bhattacharjee government not to implicate intellectuals like
the Magsaysay award winner.

"We are keeping a watch on the situation...Mahasweta Devi
is a respected person and intellectuals are assets of the
country. They are for democratic movement. If intellectuals
are touched, we will give a fitting reply," she said.

The Bengali writer and other intellectuals have demanded
release of the People`s Committee against Police Atrocities
leader, arrested under the Act for alleged links with Maoists.

Banerjee claimed, "CPI-M had struck a deal with Mahato
before the last Lok Sabha elections and had meetings with him
at the state secretariat a number of times."

Buerau Report

First Published: Monday, October 5, 2009 - 20:09
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