We have come to know that our dear friend and comrade Dr Partho Sarothi Ray, Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), has been summoned by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in connection with the Elgar Parishad-Bhima Koregaon case. He has been asked to present himself before the investigators in Mumbai on 10 September at 11am.

Partho has been pro-actively involved with peaceful, democratic people’s movements, especially the struggles for the rights of poor and marginalised dalits and adivasis. He is an active member of Persecuted Prisoners’ Solidarity Committee as well as Joint Action Committee for Social Justice. His tireless work in defence of civil liberties and for the release of political prisoners is exemplary. Partho has been ever-present in marches, rallies, and other street programmes with his stirring but lucid speeches and an endearing smile.

At IISER, Partho has been carrying out extensive and useful research on molecular biology. His pioneering work on viruses has taken him to the lecture-halls in universities and scientific gatherings across the globe. He is a front-runner in the present battle against Covid-19 and his idea of community participation has been successfully implemented in Nadia district, inviting widespread interest. He was among the scientists consulted by the World Health Organization (WHO) to understand the character of the Coronavirus and formulate a policy to tackle the pandemic.

The harassment of Dr Ray by the NIA is yet another sinister attempt in the fascist regime’s witch-hunt at silencing the voices of dissent and protest. We, the undersigned, strongly condemn this brazen assault on democratic activities and demand immediate withdrawal of NIA’s menacing, threatening interrogation notice. We stand hand-in-hand with Dr Partho Sarothi Ray.

Signed
1. Aamra ek Sachetan Prayas
2. Aashita Dawer, Professor, OP Jindal Global University
3. Abhijit Roy, Professor, Jadavpur University
4. Achin Chakraborty, Professor, Institute of Development Studies, Kolkata
5. Achin Vanaik, Professor (Retd), University of Delhi
6. Adibashi Gaonta
7. Adibashi Juan Mahal
8. Adibashi Samanyaya Mancha
9. Aditi Chowdhury, Citizen
10. Aditi Roy Ghatak, Journalist
11. Aditya Nigam, Professor, CSDS, Delhi
12. AJC Bose, Professor, SRCC, University of Delhi
13. Alik Chakraborty, CPI (M-L) Red Star
14. All India Central Council of Trade Union (AICCTU)
15. All India Federation of Trade Unions (AIFTU – new)
16. All India Kshet Mazdoor Kisan Sabha (AIKMKS)
17. All India People’s Forum (AIPF)
18. All India Peoples’ Science Network (AIPSN)
19. All India Progressive Women’s Association (AIPWA)
20. All India Revolutionary Students’ Organisation (AIRSO)
21. All India Revolutionary Women’s Organisation (AIRWO)
22. All India Sanjukta Kisan Sabha
23. All West Bengal Sales Representatives’ Union (AWBSRU)
24. Aloke Mukherjee, CPI (M-L)
25. Amal Sanyal
26. Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle, IIT Madras
27. Ambedkar-Periyar-Phule Study Circle, IIT Bombay
28. Ambikesh Mahapatra
29. Amit Bhaduri, Professor (Retd), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)
30. Amitabha Chakraborty, Activist
31. Amra Monbhashi
32. Aneek Patrika (Bengali Monthly)
33. Anik Dutta, Filmmaker
34. Aniket Chattopadhyay, Filmmaker
35. Anindita Sarbadhikari, Filmmaker
36. Anindya, Blogger
37. Anindya Sengupta, Professor, Jadavpur University
38. Anish Vanaik, Professor, OP Jindal Global University
39. Anomita Sen, Citizen
40. Anup Gampa, Asst Professor, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, California
41. Anuroop Mallik, Folk Singer
42. Anwesha Sengupta, Institute of Development Studies, Kolkata
43. Arijit Mitra Smarak Committee
44. Arundhati Dhuru, National Alliance of People’s Movements
45. Arundhati Roy, Writer
46. Arup Baisya, Writer, Silchar
47. Arup Dasgupta
48. Ashani Natyam
49. Ashish Lahiri, Writer, Adjunct Professor, IISER
50. Ashok Choudhary, All India Union of Forest Working People (AIUFWP)
51. Asit Basu
52. Avishek Konar, Professor, OP Jindal Global University
53. Avishek Mukherjee
54. Ayodhya Buru Bachao Andolan
55. Azad Gano Morcha
56. Badshah Moitra, Actor
57. Baidyanath Sengupta, Editor, Samaj Bignan o Prakriti Parichay Patrika
58. Bandi Mukti Committee
59. Bharatiya Adibashi Ekata Mancha
60. Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya, MP & Former Mayor, Kolkata Municipal Corporation
61. Bimal Chakraborty
62. Dr Binayak Sen
63. Bodhisatya Ray, Radical Socialist
64. Central Convening Committee (CCC), No NRC Movement
65. Chanchal Chakraborty
66. Chandan Sen, Playwright
67. Charoibeti
68. Chittaroopa Palit, Narmada Bachao Andolan
69. Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP), West Bengal
70. Confluence, IISER, Mohali
71. CP Geevan, Former Senior Environmental Scientist, Independent Researcher
72. Das Theke Das Hazaar
73. DC Gohain, Jharkhand Krantikari Mazdoor Union
74. Debdoot Ghosh
75. Debdutta Paul
76. Delhi Science Forum, Delhi
77. Dhritisree, Theatre Activist
78. Dhruv Narayan, Publisher
79. Doyeeta Majumder, Professor, Jadavpur University
80. Ebong Bisongbad
81. Prof. Felix Padel
82. Feminists in Resistance
83. Forum Against Monopolistic Aggression (FAMA)
84. Freny Manecksha
85. Dr Fuad Halim, People’s Health Activist
86. Ganatantrik Sangrami Udyog
87. Gautam Chakraborty
88. Githa Hariharan, Writer
89. Gorky Chakraborty, Institute of Development Studies, Kolkata
90. Goutam Seal
91. Harkumar Goswami, Guwahati
92. Hosiery Workers’ Unity Centre
93. Indian Federation of Trade Union (IFTU)
94. Indira Ghose, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
95. Indu Chandrasekhar, Publisher
96. J Devika, Feminist Historian
97. Jadavpur Commune
98. Jai Bhim India Network
99. Janakalyan o Santras Birodhi Gana Abhijan Mancha, Bagnan
100. Janaswasthya Suraksha o Adhikar Mancha, Uluberia
101. Jayati Ghosh, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)
102. Joint Action Committee for Social Justice
103. Joint Platform of Academicians
104. Jomi Jibika Bastutantro o Poribesh Raksha Committee
105. Joyraj Bhattacharya, Theatre & Social Activist
106. Kaushik Sen, Playwright & Actor
107. KP Fabian, Ambassador (Retd)
108. Kranti Shilpi Sangha
109. Krishna Bandyopadhyay, Activist in Women’s Movements
110. Kumar Rana, Social Activist
111. Kunal Chattopadhyay, Professor, Jadavpur University
112. Kuntal Rudra
113. Little Magazine Samannaya Mancha
114. Mahila Jagaron Samiti, Bagnan
115. Manoj Bhattacharya, RSP
116. Masood Akhtar
117. Mazdoor Kranti Parishad
118. Megha Unwer, Professor, Purdue University, Italy
119. Miratun Nahar, Writer
120. Mitra Sengupta
121. Moinak Biswas, Professor, Jadavpur University
122. Nagarik Udyog
123. National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM), West Bengal
124. New Democratic Students’ Front
125. New Trade Union Initiative (NTUI)
126. Nikhil Banga Mahila Sangha
127. Nilanjan Dutta, Writer, Filmmaker, Human Rights Activist
128. Nisha Biswas, Activist
129. Nitish Roy, Singer
130. Nivedita Menon, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)
131. Nupur Basu, Bachik Shilpi
132. Pamela Philipose, Journalist
133. Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, www. paranjoy.in
134. Partha Chatterjee, Professor, Columbia University
135. Partha S Banerjee, Writer & Retired Journalist
136. Paschim Banga Khet Majoor Samity
137. Paschim Banga Ganasanskriti Parishad
138. People’s Film Collective
139. People’s Study Circle
140. Persecuted Prisoners’ Solidarity Committee
141. Prabhat Patnaik, Professor Emeritus, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)
142. Prabir Mukhopadhyay, Teacher (Retd), South Point School
143. Pradip Chatterjee, Activist
144. Prakriti Sebasram Sangha
145. Pramod Gupta, Social Activist
146. Pranab Kanti Basu, Professor (Retd), Vishva-Bharati
147. Prantajan
148. Pratip Nag, Activist
149. Probal Dasgupta, Professor (Retd), Indian Statistical Institute Kolkata
150. Progressive Democratic Students’ Federation (PDSF)
151. Progressive Plantation Workers’ Union
152. Progressive Students’ Union (PSU)
153. Progressive Youth League (PYL)
154. Pulak Chanda, Professor (Retd), Shyamsundar College
155. Purbasha Auddy, Jadavpur University
156. Purulia Bauri Samaj Kalyan Samiti
157. Rajashri Dasgupta, Social Activist
158. Ranjana Padhi, WSS
159. Ranjit Sur, Human Rights Activist
160. Ratan Khasnabis, Former Professor, Calcutta University
161. Ravi Pallur, Political Activist
162. Refraction (Magazine)
163. Revolutionary Cultural Forum
164. Revolutionary Youth and Students’ Federation
165. Revolutionary Youth Federation of India (RYFI)
166. Revolutionary Youth Front (RYF)
167. Right to Food & Work Campaign, West Bengal
168. Rimi B Chatterjee, Professor, Jadavpur University
169. Ritam Bhaumik, INRIA, Paris
170. Ritam Palit, Student Activist
171. Romar Correa, Professor, University of Mumbai
172. Rongili Biswas, Writer & Musician. Associate Professor, WBES
173. Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Actor
174. Sabyasachi Chatterjee
175. Sabyasachi Deb, Poet
176. Sachetana
177. Sahaman
178. Sailendra Nath Bhattacharya, ECL Colliery Sramik Union
179. Sajni Mukherjee, Professor, Jadavpur University
180. Salil Biswas, Principal (Retd), South City College
181. Samantak Das, Professor, Jadavpur University
182. Samar Bagchi, Science, Education, Environment & Social Activist
183. Sampradayikota o Fascibad Birodhi Ganatantrik Mancha
184. Sandeep Pandey, Socialist Party (India)
185. Sanjay Basak, Journalist
186. Sanjay Kak, Filmmaker
187. Sanjeeb Mukherjee, Calcutta University
188. Saswata Ghosh, Professor, Institute of Development Studies, Kolkata
189. Satya Sagar, Journalist
190. Dr SC Byne, Gana Adhikar Mancha, Durgapur
191. Shakti Pada Badyakar, SC-ST-OBC & Minority Employees’ Federation, Durgapur
192. Dr Sharmistha Dutta Gupta, Independent Researcher
193. Shramajibi Swasthya Udyog
194. Shamim Ahmed, Writer
195. Shuddhabrata Sengupta, Delhi
196. Shukla Bhowmick
197. Sipra Mukherjee, Professor, Jadavpur University
198. Sitansusekhar, Na Hanya Te
199. Soma Marik, Associate Professor, RKSM Vivekananda Vidya Bhavan
200. Dr Soumya Sahin, Asst Professor, National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS)
201. Souvik Mukhopadhyay
202. Sramajibi Mahila Samiti
203. Srikanta Mohanty, CPI (M-L), Odisha
204. Students for Change
205. Subhash Deb, CPI (M-L) PCC
206. Subhasis Bandyopadhyay, Associate Professor, IIEST, Shibpur
207. Sugata Ray
208. Sukanta Chaudhuri, Professor Emeritus, Jadavpur University
209. Sukumar Muralidharan, Journalist and Journalism Instructor
210. Sumit Bhaduri, Scientist (Chemist)
211. Sumit Sarkar, Historian
212. Sumit, Filmmaker, Writer
213. Sunandan Chakraborty
214. Supriya Chaudhuri, Professor Emeritus, Jadavpur University
215. Sushanta Mukherjee, Activist
216. Sushil Khanna, Professor (Retd), Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC)
217. Sushovan Dhar, Trade Union Activist
218. Susmit Bose, Singer-Composer, Activist
219. Suvrat Raju, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Bengaluru
220. Swastha Siksha Nirman
221. Tanika Sarkar, Historian, Professor (Retd), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)
222. Tarun Bhartiya, Imagemaker & Union Activist, Shillong
223. Tobu Banglar Mukh
224. Trade Union Centre of India (TUCI)
225. Tuhin Maparu
226. Umar Awais, United Forum for National Integrity (Rajabazar Shireen Bagh)
227. United Trade Union Congress (UTUC)
228. Vandana Misra, Civil Liberties Activist
229. Vanessa Chisti, OP Jindal Global University
230. Women Against Sexual Violence & State Repression (WSS)


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