The protest rally in Kolkata on Wednesday.
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Kolkata: Amidst the country-wide criticism against the arrest of five civil rights activists by the Pune Police yesterday, a group of human rights workers today took to protest on Kolkata streets condemning the arrest.

Led by Bengal’s noted human rights group Association for Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR), they took out a rally from Raja Subodh Mullick Square in north Kolkata and walked up to Y-Channel at Esplanade.

Apart from several noted civil rights activists, some common citizens and students participated in the rally holding placards and banners against what they claimed a clampdown on democracy and human rights in the country by the BJP regime.

Members of Ultra-Left student wing Radical, which is mostly active in Jadavpur University, also participated in the rally.

Noted human rights activist Sujato Bhadra, who was in the rally, said that their demand is the immediate unconditional release of all the five civil rights activists arrested by the Pune Police.

“Also, legal proceedings should be initiated against the police officers who concocted the charges against them. The government is duty-bound to protect civil rights of the citizens,” he said.

The Left Front has convened a demonstration tomorrow at Esplanade against the arrests.