Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 5: Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), the youth wing of the CPI (M), wrote one lakh letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday in protest against lodging FIR in Bihar's Muzzafarpur against 49 celebrities including filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan.
The DYFI demanded withdrawal of sedition and other charges against Adoor Gopalakrishnan and other eminent personalities including bollywood actress Konkana Sen, Director Mani Ratnam, Aparna Sen, Shyam Benegal, Ramchandra Guha, who wrote an open letter to the Prime Minister in July expressing concern over growing incidents of mob lynching, sources said here.
CPI(M) State Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, Opposition leader in Kerala Assembly Ramesh Chennithala and leaders of other political parties have also condemned the FIR and demanded immediate withdrawal of cases against the eminent personalities.
Mr Chennithala alleged that RSS and Mr Modi were trying to supress the freedom of expression and denying fundamental rights of democracy. Mr Balakrishnan alleged that it is cultural fascism for treating cultural leaders like extremists.
CPI(M) veteran and former chief minister VS Achuthanandan alleged that the country finds itself in a fascist grip.On Thursday, the FIR was lodged at the Muzzafarpur Sadar Police station following a court order.
The Chief Judicial magistrate of Muzaffarpur passed an ordered on August 20 asking the police to lodge an FIR. This was based on a complaint filed by a local lawyer on July 27.
Reacting to the incident, Adoor Gopalakrishnan said it was a shame such a plea has been admitted by a court slamming the non-application of mind by the judge.
"I don't know what is happening in our country. There is no case against those who reenacted Gandhi's assassination by shooting at his picture. There is no end to mob lynchings. A particular community is being targeted in all these incidents. People are forced to chant 'Jai Shri Ram," he asserted.(UNI)