IMO News Service
Activists and intellectuals from different parts of the country have called upon the Government of Jharkhand to immediately lift the ban on Popular Front of India (PFI). In a joint statement they said the ban order scoffs at the laws of the land and opens doors to the violation of fundamental rights respected by the Constitution.
The ban was imposed recently on the specious and baseless allegation that the PFI was influenced by the so called ISIS of the Middle East. The joint statement said: “The Popular Front of India is a neo social movement actively involved in developmental work like literacy campaign, prevention of malnutrition and comprehensive empowerment of the poor and the downtrodden, especially Muslims.”
The signatories also pointed out that the BJP-led Raghubar Das Government of Jharkhand and its police have been unhappy with the activists of PFI for highlighting the multiple lynching cases in the state. The ban is a ploy used by the government to intimidate people and suppress democratic forms of protest and dissent. This is not for the first time that the government has used law to ban organizations opposed to the plunder of this resource rich state and the corruption of the ruling class.
They also appealed to the human right groups, political parties and minority organizations to rally for lifting the ban on Popular Front of India.
Among the signatories include Dr. Suresh Khairnar, Social Activist, Nagpur Maharashtra; Ravi Nair, South Asian Human Rights Documentation Centre, New Delhi; Prof Shamshul Islam, New Delhi; Lenin Raghuvamshi, PVCHR, Varanasi Uttar Pradesh; Adv. Sridevi Panikker, Supreme Court, New Delhi; Rajiv Yadav, Rihai Manch, Lucknow, Uttar Pardesh; Adv Aditya Wadhwa, Supreme Court, New Delhi; Dr. Malam Ningthauja. Campaign for Peace and Democracy, Manipur; Sunil Kumar, Journalist/ Activist, New Delhi; Madhuri Krishnaswamy JADS Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh; Vasantha AS, Hyderabad; Rona Wilson, CRPP, New Delhi; Seema Azad, Editor Dastak, Allhabaad; Adv. Amit Shrivastav, High Court, Delhi; Adv. Mangala, High Court, Delhi; Anushka, Democratic Rights, New Delhi; Vipul Kumaar, Quill Foundation; and Devika Parsad, Rights Activist.