Written by Shaju Philip
A group of writers and activists have condemned the arrest of top Maoist leader Kannampally Murali alias Ajith by Maharashtra Anti-Terror Squad last week from Pune.
The writers, in a statement, said Murali had been a political activist for last four decades and a distinguished scholar of political economy and dalit studies.
The statement issued said that they were distressed to learn that the ATS had chosen to arrest him while undergoing treatment in a hospital along with C.P. Ismail, a friend helping him as a bystander.
It said Murali and his friend should be enabled to access a legal counsel of their choice as entitled by the Constitution.
The signatories included Partha Chatterjee of Columbia University, Emeritus Professor of National Law University of India G Haragopal, Prof. Prabhat Patnaik of Centre of Economic Studies & Planning, Prof K Satchidanandan and writer Meena Kandasami.