Open  letter  to  Pune  Police  Commissioner

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Dear  Shri  K.  Venkateshan

I  feel  terribly  sorry  about  your  future  career.  You  missed  a  chance  of  winning  a  police  medal  –  or  even  a  Padmashri.  Even  though  you  got  custody  of   the  five  rights  activists  (Varvara  Rao   Gautam  Navlakha,  Sudha Bharadwaj,  Vernon  Gonzalves  and  Arun  Ferreira) –  you  failed  to  bump  them  off  in  a  false  `encounter’,  the  oft-repeated  act  for  which  your  police  force,  along  with the  Indian  state’s  military apparatus,  have  gained  international  reputation. Regrettably,  the  Supreme  Court  came  in  your  way.

Now,  you’ll  have  to  go  through  the  long  and  laborious  process  of  producing  “incriminating  evidence  about  weapons…training  of  young  men…”  (which  you  claim  to  have  in  your  possession,according  to   your  press  conference statement).  As  you  know  very  well  from  your  experience  as  a  veteran  cop,  you’ll  have  to  manufacture  such  evidence,  by  capturing  young  men  and  produce  them  as  witnesses  to  testify  under  duress  that  they  were  all  trained  by  the  above  five  rights  activists.

But  then,  you  may  not  be  sure  whether  the  court  will  accept  your  `evidence.’   To  be  on  the  safe  side,  shouldn’t  you  send  your  cops  to  Delhi  –  this  time  with  English  translation  of  your  Marathi  orders  –  to  raid  the  houses  of  the  judges  who  are  hearing  your  case  ?  Better  be  fast  –  before  September  5 ! This  may  assure  you  promotion  in  the  police  hierarchy  under  the  present  regime.

Sumanta Banerjee is a political and civil rights activist and social scientist

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