Activist Arun Ferreira gets bail


man rights activist Arun Ferreira, lodged in the Nagpur Central Jail since May 2007, for his alleged involvement with the Naxals, walked out of prison on Wednesday. The Bombay High Court, granting him bail on Tuesday, had lambasted the police for failing to back their  allegations against Ferreira.

“I am tired and want to go home,” Ferreira said, after walking out of the jail. His advocate, Surendra Gadling was unavailable for comment.

However, sources said Ferreira has filed a petition seeking a compensation of Rs 25 lakh from the state, for violating human rights and causing him trauma and  humiliation by slapping false charges.

Nagpur Crime Branch officials had arrested Ferreira, along with Murli Satyareddy from Deekshabhoomi in Nagpur on May 7, 2007. The duo were participating in a dharna to protest displacement of villagers.

Later, two more persons, Davendra Bhurle and Naresh Bansod, were arrested with the police charging  all four of being actively involved in “strengthening the banned CPI (Maoist) party network ” in the region. The sessions court had found arguments opposing Ferreira’s bail plea untenable and had granted him bail in September.

However, a drama unfolded soon after, as the activist was detained just as he was walking out of the prison.

After a while, police revealed Ferreira was detained in connection with a case of violence registered in Purada in Gadricholi district. He then moved the Bombay HC which granted him bail.

The activist thereafter moved the Bombay High Court which after hearing the petition granted him bail.

source- Deccan Herald

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