India: community-based HRD arrested on false charges before reporting on another detained HRDEvent
- Initial Date
- Dec 20, 2019
- Event Description
Mr. SR Darapuri (75 yrs) is a well-known ambedkarite and human rights activist. He served as an IPS Officer for more than 3 decades and was also a former IG. Darapuri has been an untiring campaigner of human rights, especially Dalit rights.After retiring fromthe police service, Darapuri had joined the All India People’s Front (Radical), a political outfit. He had also contested the 2014 Lok Sabha election from Robertsganj.He has been a part of a number of fact-findings in cases of human rights violations of Dalits, Muslims and members of downtrodden communities, public hearings on the implementation of various social welfare schemes like food security etc.
According to information received, theUP police wascamping before the house of Mr. SR Darapuri located at Indra Nagar since 8 am on December 20, 2019 morning.Around 11:45 am, police personnel from the nearby station came in a jeep and took Darapuri with them saying that they would let him leave after some questioning. But when he did not return for 2-3 hours and he could not be reached, the family filed a complaint by calling the police helpine. After some time, his son received a call from the adjacent Ghazipur police station that Darapuri is there and that he can come and meet him. When the family members went to meet him, they came to know that the police didnot let Darapuri eat food throughout the day. At about 5 pm, he was given food and medicines brought from home. His son, Ved Kumar later got to know that he was shuttled between Gazipur and Hazratganj police stations.Darapuri was brought to Hazratganj police station, Lucknowat 1 am mid night (on December 21, 2019) when his son went again to give him food and medicine.Mr. Darapuriwas scheduled to address the press at 3 pm regarding the detentionof lawyer Mohd. Shoaib, but he was himself detained by thepolice before he could speak to the media. He has been falsely charged under sections 147, 148, 149, 152, 307, 323, 504, 506, 332, 353, 188, 435, 436, 120-B, 427 of the Indian Penal Code, Sections 3, 4 of the Public Property Loss Prevention Act 1984 and Section 7 of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act 1932. These include allegations ranging from inciting people to violence to murderous assault on the police.Lucknow Sessions Court on January 4, 2020 granted bail to Darapurifor his alleged role in violence during protest against the amended Citizenship law on December 19, 2019. The Uttar PradeshPolice could not produce evidence against himwhen asked by the court. However Darapuricould be released only three days later as some formalities could not be completed.
- Impact of Event
- Gender of HRD
- Arbitrary arrest and detention
- Judicial harassment
- Rights Concerned
- Right to food
- Right to healthy and safe environment
- Right to liberty and security
- Community-based HRD
- Event Location
- Summary for Publications
On 20 December 2019, SR Darapuri, communty-based HRD, was detained by the police before a scheduled meeting with the press about other detained activist in Lucknow, India.