Medha Patkar terms shutting down of TUF office ‘illegal, unjust’

The representatives of HRF claimed to have repeatedly tried to meet with officials but to no avail.

Published: 11th January 2017 04:12 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th January 2017 04:12 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

HYDERABAD: Social activist and founder of Narmada Bachao Andolan movement, Medha Patkar has termed closing down of the Telangana United Front’s(TUF) office, which is also the home of Bandaru Vimala, popularly known as Vimalakka, as an “illegal, unjust action against her”.

In a letter, addressed to the minister of Home Affairs Nayani Narasimha Reddy, which was released by the Human Rights Forum (HRF) on Tuesday, she appealed to the state government to withdraw cases registered against Vimalakka. Addressing at a press conference on Tuesday, the HRF members reading out the letter said,

“It is unbelievable that Vimalakka’s office is seized by your government. As we happen to know that she is just not in a position to function from her office as keys of which are with the police even after the DGP promised to hand over the same, a few days ago. It is also unacceptable that false cases are filed against her and her colleague Bheem Bharath.”

Jeevan Kumar, president of HRF for both the Telugu states said that he had never witnessed a single incident where a citizen was forced out of his or her own home.

The representatives of HRF claimed to have repeatedly tried to meet with officials but to no avail. “We spoke to M Mahendar Reddy, commissioner of police and he said there is nothing he can do as the arrest was made by Nizamabad police. We requested for the keys and when it wasn’t returned, we went and filed a case. Now, they want us to deal with the matter in the court,” he explained.

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