KOCHI: Activists groups from various parts of the state will converge in Thiruvananthapuram on February 25 and 28 in two separate events demanding a judicial probe into the killing of two Maoists in an alleged encounter with security agencies in Nilambur forest ranges and the repeal of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). The Kannur-based Human Rights Collective will organise a political conclave before the secretariat on February 25 highlighting the need for the democratisation of law enforcement. A green rally by various organisations will also be held as part of the conclave.
The key demands of the conclave included a judicial probe into the encounter killings at Nilambur, stoppage of filing cases under UAPA in the state, a resolution by the state Assembly against capital punishment and protection of human rights. Mr P.T. Thomas, writer and a former political prisoner, will inaugurate the conclave. Prominent speakers include political and social commentators K. Venu, T.N. Joy, M.N. Ravunni, human rights activist Thushar Nirmal Saradhy, writer J. Devika and others.
The Anti-UAPA Forum spearheaded by Janakeeya Manushyavakasa Prasthanam (JMP) will hold a secretariat march on February 28 demanding the repeal of the UAPA. Hundreds of people from all over the state are expected to take part in the march being held after the statewide campaign against UAPA, said C.P. Rasheed, convener of the Anti-UAPA Forum. Writers Satchidanandan, K.G. Sankara Pillai, Zachariah, Sara Joseph and many others have expressed their support to the march, he added.