Kolkata: The new West Bengal government,
has no list of those arrested for participating in the
political movements in Singur and Nandigram which were the
turning point in the political history of the state.
"The state government does not possess any list of
persons taken into custody and later imprisoned for taking
part in political movements in Singur and Nandigram," Justice
(retd) Moloy Sengupta chairman of the Bandimukti Committee
(Prisoner Release Committee) said after a second meeting of
the state-sponsored body.
"We have sought help of NGOs in this regard," he said.
Trinamool Congress-backed Krishi Jami Raksha Committee
convener Becharam Manna, however, said that 768 persons were
on bail in 114 cases in Singur and urged the state government
to withdraw the cases against them.
Stating that there were 2,890 undertrials in different
jails in the state, Justice Sengupta said "Of these, 400-500
are political prisoners, but only 84 of them have been
declared as such."
Justice Sengupta said that most of them were unaware
of the rule that application had to be made to courts trying
their cases to be declared political prisoners.
The Committee, he said, would instruct the director of
prosecution to ensure immediate bail to those declared
He said that at the second stage, there should be a
process of withdrawal of cases against them which would be
disposed off quickly.
To a question, he said that political prisoners were
defined under section 24 and 25 of the West Bengal
Correctional Homes Act, 1992.
Stating that Committee would not be guided by
political colour, he said it would be scrutinised if those
arrested were taking part in political movements.
Manna, meanwhile, met Law minister Moloy Ghatak and
Chief Secretary Samar Ghosh with his demand.