Vindictive externment order from Nasik, Thane and other areas issued by Nasik City Police to Dr Dhondiram Limbaji Karad, National Vice President CITU and President Maharashtra State committee of CITU leading the Nasik Workers’ Union under section 51 of Maharashtra Police Regulations, 1951
To 18th April 2019
The Chief MinisterGovt of MaharshtraMumbai
Sub: Vindictive externment order from Nasik, Thane and other areas issued by Nasik City Police to Dr Dhondiram Limbaji Karad, National Vice President CITU and President Maharashtra State committee of CITU leading the Nasik Workers’ Union under section 51 of Maharashtra Police Regulations, 1951
I urge upon your pointed intervention to the utterly vindictive action by Nasik City Police in the form of externment order under section 51 of Maharashtra Police Regulations, 1951, on 17-04-2019 to Dr Dhondi Ram Limbaji Karad, National Vice President and President Maharashtra State committee of CITU leading the Nasik Workers’ Union for undertaking lawful trade union activities.
It is an utterly vindictive action by the concerned police administration at the behest of handful of industry-owners against thousands of poor industrial workers targeting their leader, Dr D L Karad the national level leader of a national trade union centre-Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) and also a leader of Communist Party of India (Marxist) for taking up the legitimate demands of the workers and agitating over their issue collectively very much within the confine of their democratic and constitutional rights.
Charges against Dr Karad, narrated in four-pages long externment order dated 17-04-2019 are mostly related to organizing morcha of workers, agitations etc on their demands and complaints of labour law violations all of which are very much within the ambit of the constitutional rights of the workers and their trade unions. The narrative of these activities in the concerned order is packaged with some manufactured complaints of threats of violence supported by statement of one unnamed ‘SECRET WITNESS’ by the concerned police authority, quite obviously at the instance of the employers’ lobby.
The entire exercise by the concerned police administration is visibly non-transparent thereby exposing its utterly vindictive intent. That too, the exercise for internment of a CITU and CPI(M) leader has been undertaken at a time when the country is in the process of Parliamentary election and CPI(M) candidate is contesting from Dindori constituency within which Nasik region also falls; the motive may be to disrupt the electoral campaign by the Left.
In this context, I urge upon you to go through the details of pending cases against Dr Karad, mostly on fabricated charges. Since 1990 till date, numerous cases were foisted on Dr Karad but none can be proved and in many cases he got acquitted. During the same period, numerous agreements/settlements were arrived at as per Industrial Disputes Act between the management of various industries and the CITU unions under the leadership of Dr Karad. During the same time span, neither the police administration nor the Labour Department did take any action in addressing the gross violations of all labour laws particularly in respect of Contract Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Act, Minimum Wages Act, EPF and ESI related legistations etc. In such a background extra-pro-active initiative to target Dr Karad and the unions led by him through vindictive measures of various kinds and manufacturing false and fabricated cases against Dr Karad and other union officials based on the statement made by the employers lobby speaks volumes about the bias and vindictive intent of the local administration.
However, the CITU records its vehement protest against such vindictive externment order against its leader Dr Karad and urge upon you to please intervene and rescind such externment order forthwith while prevailing upon the local administration to act democratically and impartially to ensure pursuit of the democratic and trade union rights of the workers who are always at the receiving end and suppressed despite their dedicated service to nation in generating wealth, GDP and also profit for the employers.
Yours sincerely, ( Tapan Sen ) General Secretary