The case against Prashant Rahi is particularly egregious as it threatens the civil rights of all Uttarakhandis and their ability to speak out against injustice. The Maoist canard is being increasingly used to stifle such dissent and must be actively debunked or else a culture of fear and silence will be imposed on the state. -ed
By Indra Mohan Singh
Garhwal Post, 28 December 2007
Ramnagar, 27 Dec: Daughter of the alleged Maoist leader Prashant Rahi came forward today in the defence of her father. At a press conference held here, she claimed her father was innocent. The entire allegations against him were fake and fabricated by the police.
Shikha, who did her early schooling in Doon, was a crew member in Aamir Khanâ€™s home production â€œTare Zameen Parâ€. Shikha met her father in Haldwani jail today and briefed the media about the â€˜atrocities and tortureâ€™ inflicted by the police on him. [more]