Activists and academicians felt that a national debate should be initiated about such vindictive usage of UAPA against Human Rights and social activists all over India.
EMINENT ACTIVISTS academicians have expressed shock to see the Kerala police with Mr. Gopal, who was arrested at Mavelikara on December 29, 2012 along with six others, with the former being accused as an 'extremist'. They recalled that Gopal was a former scientist in Atomic Research Centers in Kalpakkam and Mumbai, and he is a well-known civil rights activist in Tamil Nadu, and is an active member in the Committee for the Protection of Civil Rights (Tamil Nadu).
According to them, he was never arrested before and no charges or cases are pending against him. He never went underground and no such look out notice had been issued against him as described by the Kerala police, and published in some news papers. They condemned Kerala police for spreading such an abuse against a reputed scientist and social activist, reported Counter Currents.
They understand that out of the seven arrested, five of them are framed under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act. They said they are worried about the indiscriminate use of such a draconian preventive detention act against activists who have gathered in a hotel room to discuss some political issues of public interest.
They demanded that the Kerala police should stop spreading abusive rumors against scientist Gopal and should apologize for having pictured him as an extremist and terrorist. They also demanded that all those arrested in Mavelikara on 29th December should be released unconditionally and all the cases against them should be withdrawn. They felt that a national debate should be initiated about such vindictive usage of UAPA against Human Rights and Social Activists all over India.