Urgent Alert: Salem’s Green Activist Piyush Manush Arrested by Police, Call Commissioner and NHRC!

Kavitha Kurungati

Activist Piyush Manush, part of the Salem Citizen’s Forum, was arrested under charges of criminal intimidation when he chained himself to a road-roller on Friday to protest the construction of Mulvadi bridge.

Today after meeting him in jail his wife was so upset because he told her he was being slapped and hit – but only when lawyer Maayan met him he has told him that he has been beaten badly by over 30 people – kept in solitary confinement and in dark rooms. Activists in Bangalore are planning a press conference tomorrow.

is currently in police custody. “We have submitted a bail petition today and the Magistrate court has postponed the hearing to tomorrow. We are confident of him getting bail,” said Vijayan a member of the Forum.

Manush chained himself to the road-roller along with two others as the first day of construction began for the Mulvadi bridge. They alleged that due procedure was not followed.

Swifter than ever, the police reached the spot and arrested them under three charges – disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant, Punishment for wrongful restraint, wrongful confinement and criminal intimidation, a non-bailable offence.

The Mulvadi bridge will be built over a railway crossing, but will only allow one-way traffic. Manush and the forum suggested an alternative that will allow two-way traffic.

Those of you who know Piyush and his work already can appreciate how many “powerful” folks he would have antagonised through his selfless work. You will also remember how he was the first one to jump in to create bamboo rafts by spending sleepless nights to save floods-stranded Chennai citizens in that recent disaster. He is also well known for his work on lake revival and protection in Salem amongst many other causes.

Friends of Piyush have been silently putting in efforts for more than 8 days now with the hope each day that he will be released. However, the police is acting funnily and we need to make sure that he comes out, and comes out unharmed.

I THINK IT IS TIME TO STEP UP OUR SUPPORT. I am attaching the copy of an email I had sent to the district collector and police commissioner in Salem. It is now time to write to State level officials and Ministers in Tamil Nadu. I hope you will all take time to do this. I AM DOING THIS IN A HURRY AND SOME OF YOU CAN DO A BETTER JOB THAN THE SUGGESTED DRAFTS THAT I HAVE HERE. The email addresses of the Collector and Police Commissioner are: [email protected], [email protected]

The contacts of the Home Secretary are:

Home, Prohibition and Excise Department
Thiru Apurva varma, I.A.S.,
Principal Secretary to Government
Phone :25671113,25670077 PABX 5632(O) , 24530780(R)
E-Mail : homesec(at)tn.gov.in

District Collector, Salem:

0427-2452244, 0427-2421199, 0427-2400200, 0427-2400700

Commissioner of Police, Salem:
Office Address:
No.5, Rajaji Kali Mandram,
“Thongum Thottam”
Brett’s road, Salem-7
Telephone (office) : 0427-2416000
(Res) : 0427-2401212

CONTACTS OF NATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION (NHRC):

[email protected] actually sends complaint number once you write to them. Mr. Anil Parasar is the focal point at NHRC and he looks after the cases of attack on human rights defenders.
His email id is [email protected], [email protected]
He can be contacted.
National Human Rights Commission of India
Faridkot House, Copernicus Marg
New Delhi – 110001 India
Tel no: +91 11 2338 4012
Fax no. +91 11 2338 4863
Email: [email protected]; [email protected]