Mahasweta Devi for sit-in to free Binayak Sen

Kolkata, Feb 10 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS)  Magsaysay winning writer and social activist Mahasweta Devi on Wednesday called for a sit-in demonstration in front of Raipur Central Jail in Chhattisgarh to free human rights activist and physician Binayak Sen.

The eminent physician, who has been charged with Maoist links and sentence for life by a court there, has been lodged in the  Raipur jail.

“I would suggest that a team goes to Raipur and stage a sit-in in front of the jail. I shall participate in it,” she told a press meet here.

“The time demands that the protests raised across the country against Sen’s unjust conviction spread further among the people,” she said.

The Magsaysay award winner alleged that Sen was not given any scope to defend himself in the court and the charges levelled against him did not call for life imprisonment.

The programme was organised by Bandi Mukti Committee (Committee with the demand for release of political detenus), a human rights group.

Poet Joy Goswami also advocated for the release of Sen.

Earlier, 40 Nobel laureates from 12 countries have appealed for   Binayak Sen’s release.

A group of 40 Nobel laureates, including Ventkatraman Ramakrishnan, has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, appealing for Sen’s release.

Referring to Sen as ‘exceptional, courageous and selfless colleague, dedicated to helping those in India who are least able to help themselves’, they have urged for Sen’s release.

Sen, who was sentenced for sedition by a Sessions court in Raipur on Dec 24, has moved the Chhattisgarh High Court against the life sentence.

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