Maharashtra The Member of Parliament from Bandra in Mumbai, Priya Dutt, where Arun Ferreira hails from, has urged the chief minister, Prithviraj Chavan to intervene in the case after a representation from The Catholic Secular Forum (CSF), the activist community NGO, which is to come up for hearing today. In a letter to the chief minister, she writes that Arun Ferreira despite being exonerated by the courts is being held captive in Nagpur Jail and she would appreciate Prithviraj Chavan doing the best he could to remedy the situation.
Joseph Dias, The CSF general secretary in a memorandum to the CM says “the serious and blatant violation of human rights by the Maharashtra Police and is reminiscent of the notorious Binayak Sen and Soni Sori cases. Almost every human rights activist and NGO, besides almost 5000 of the aam admi have signed an online petition to free him. Surely, he is not the kind that would flee the country. We believe; if he is found guilty, let the law take its course, as the case will be fought legally”.
Appeared in South Asia Mail- Nov 7,2011