NEW DELHI – Terming the imprisonment of Sanjiv Bhatt ‘state repression’, social activists from across the country have demanded the release of jailed IPS officer at a meeting held at Press Club of India in New Delhi by the National Confederation of Human Rights Organization (NCHRO) on Sunday.
“Because he spoke the truth before the Nanavati Commission about perpetrators of the 2002-Gujarat pogrom. It was the only reason for the Modi regime to target him” said Shweta Bhatt, wife of Sanjiv Bhatt, while addressing the press conference.
“I want my Sanjiv back home. They have the political power to oppress the voices of dissent. We want people’s power to get justice. It is not the issue of Sanjiv’s family; it is for all. Today it is Sanjiv; tomorrow anybody among you. Come on the streets; raise your voice louder for justice”, she appealed the nation.
“We wonder that the high profile criminals such as Babu Bajrangi, Maya Kodnani and so on were very leniently given bail by the courts of law. Then why not to my father, who served for the nation. If the constructed injustice prevails at all levels, where do we go? That’s why we come to the people; come to the media. We don’t want any favour from the justice delivery system; we want justice to be served to us, in a fair manner” said Sanjiv’s son Shantanu Bhatt.
“There is no iota of evidence, in which Sanjiv was convicted. The conduct of the case is arbitrary, unjust and unfair” said Adv. K.P. Mohamad Shareef, Vice-Chairperson of NCHRO.
Deepika S Rajawat, the lawyer of Asifa case in Srinagar, Abdul Wahid Sait, National Secretary of Popular Front of India and Prof. Nandita Narayana, Delhi University also attended the Press Conference.
Adv. K.P. Mohamad Shareef, Vice-Chairperson of NCHRO presided over the programme. Adv. A. Mohamed Yusuff, National Secretary of NCHRO welcomed the gathering. Shweta Bhatt and Shantanu Bhatt addressed the event.
“Keep the religion and politics separate”, Shubhashini Ali, President of All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) told the rulers. We should unite for the sake of the Constitution; not only for Sanjiv Bhatt. We should fight for justice to Sanjiv. Shweta ji, don’t bother; we all are with you; we will win”, she said.
“We should go on more coordination and systematic to get justice. Not only Sanjiv Bhatt, but also the suppressed classes. It is time for struggle, not to keep silence’ said E.M. Abdul Rahiman, the Chairman of Empower India Foundation, while concluding the session.
The lawyers, rights activists, and social workers from different platforms viz., Prof. Nandini Sundar, (Delhi University), Ashish Gupta (CDRO), Apeksha Priyadarshini (BASO), Yegesh Swami (NBS), Abdul Wahid Sait (PFI), Arjun Prasad (Morcha Patrika), Adv. Ashok Arora, Zubair Ahmed (Journalist), Prof. Bhawana Bedi (DU), Nadeem Khan (UAH), Dr. Banjyotsna Lahiri, Prof. Nandita Narayana (DU) and Sameer Ansari (DISSC), Parvez Bari (Journalist) and many others attended the programme. Adv. Ansar Indori, State General Secretary of NCHRO Delhi Chapter delivered a vote of thanks.