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Political Prisoners in Kerala

political prisoners. According to Ame- nesty International, about 5,000 persons are still under detention in Rhodesia. Understandably, the Patriotic From leaders are feeling bitter about being taken for a ride both by the British government and the Rhodesian administration. But the prevarications of British policy, the actions of its governor in Rhodesta, can be understood if one bears in mind that in Rhodesia, the British government and the local administration have been essentially of one mind. The object, from the be- ginning, has been to ensure that the THE report by Deleep Kumar on political prisoners in Kerala (December 15, 1979) brings out certain facts but is nevertheless distorted. When the Emergency was lifted and MISA detenus were released, there were 150 political prisoners left in the three central jails of Kerala. Out of them undertrial prisoners numbering nearly 100 were acquitted by different courts and were released on different dates from March 1978 to July 1979, Re- garding the release of the convicted prisoners, a strong movement was built up after the Emergency demanding the release of all of them, It was at this time that Satya Narayan Singh conspired with Charan Singh and betrayed the political prisoners by asking them to sign bonds for their release. None of the political prisoners were ready to sign bonds. However, one of the prisoners, who had Come out on parole, joined the Janata party and made a deal with the state chief minister, A K Antony, for the release of 20 prisoners, including himself, who, he assured the government, would not take part in any activity detrimental to ruling class interests. By releasing these prisoners, the state government tried to keep up a progressive mask while' continuing to detain the rest.

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