Save Live of Govindan Kutty who is on the 8th Day of a Hunger Fast
On December 19th the Kerala Police, under the orders of Ernakulum Police Commissioner, raided the room of Com. Govindan Kutty; confiscated all his literature and Hard disk and arrested him under a number of fake cases. He was harassed and interrogated for a day and and then sent to judicial custody. Since then he has been on a hunger strike which has entered the 8th day demanding his unconditional release. Given his age his life is in serious threat.
People's March is an independent revolutionary paper. It supports all revolutionary movements including the Maoist movements in India, Nepal and elsewhere. It is a fully legal publication registered by the Government of India with the RNI number KER ENG/2000/2051 and the postal registration number: KL/EKM/614/2007-09.
The magazine has been coming out for over 7 years meeting all the requirements of the government.The arrest of the editor and the foisting of fake charges against him are nothing but an attempt of the GOI of India to further stiffle freedom of speech in the country. The so-called largest democracy in the world with a gigantic army, para-military and police force feels threatend by a mere monthly mgazine with a limited cirulation of a few thousands. It dispays the fascist character of the governemnet and the cowardly action of the Keralam police.
We demand the immediate and unconditional release of Com Govindan Kutty and allow the continued publication of People's March. We hold the governmnet entirely responsible in the face of any damage to his health or threat to his life due to huger strike within jail.
Secretary, Kerala state committee,
R.P.F (Revolutionary Peoples Front)