Monday, October 10, 2011

Case of Human Rights Defender

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From: mohanlal panda <>
Date: Mon, Oct 10, 2011 at 5:48 PM
Subject: Case of Human Rights Defender
To: akpnhrc <>

To                                                                                                        10.10.2011

The Chairperson


New Delhi.



Greetings from PVCHR.


Respect Sir,


This is to bring to your notice that Tribal Teacher and a human rights activist Soni Sodi of Dantewada, was arrested by Delhi police on 4th October at the behest of the Chhattisgrha State police, on grounds of supporting Maoist activity.

Her lawyer claims that the case against her is fabricated one and  she had been attacked by the police and there was an attempt to kill her. She had come to Delhi to contact lawyers and seek redressal from the Supreme Court. Her case did not get listed in the SC due to vacation and in the meantime she was arrested.

The Chhattisgarh police showed arrest warrants in four cases and argued that she was absconding and evading arrest. Her lawyer showed evidence of her presence in Dantewada and that she was in regular touch with police officials, advocating her innocence. She had even lodged an FIR with the local Police Station when Maoists had attacked her father and had injured him with gun shots, in June 2011.

Sir, this is a serious case of human rights violation in the case of a human rights defender. May I request you to direct the state to provide full protection to the life of Ms Sodi. The commission should have an independent inquiry in this case to assess the threat to the life of human rights defenders.

 With regards,


Dr. Mohanlal Panda

Advisor, PVCHR

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