IISER Scientist, Microbiologist and Democratic Rights Activist, Dr. Partho Sarathi Ray

Statement in Solidarity with Dr. Partho Sarathi Ray

We have come to know that our dear friend and comrade Dr. Partho Sarothi Ray, Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), has been summoned by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in connection with the Elgar Parishad-Bhima Koregaon case. He has been asked to present himself before the investigators in Mumbai on 10 September at 11 AM.

Partho has been pro-actively involved with peaceful, democratic people’s movements, especially the struggles for the rights of poor and marginalised Dalits and Adivasis. He is an active member of the Persecuted Prisoners’ Solidarity Committee as well as the Joint Action Committee for Social Justice. His tireless work in defense of civil liberties and for the release of political prisoners is exemplary. Partho has been ever-present in marches, rallies, and other street programs with his stirring but lucid speeches and an endearing smile.

At IISER, Partho has been carrying out extensive and useful research on molecular biology. His pioneering work on viruses has taken him to the lecture-halls in universities and scientific gatherings across the globe. He is a front-runner in the present battle against Covid-19 and his idea of community participation has been successfully implemented in Nadia district, inviting widespread interest. He was among the scientists consulted by the World Health Organization (WHO) to understand the character of the Coronavirus and formulate a policy to tackle the pandemic.

The harassment of Dr. Ray by the NIA is yet another sinister attempt in the fascist regime’s witch-hunt at silencing the voices of dissent and protest. We, the undersigned, strongly condemn this brazen assault on democratic activities and demand immediate withdrawal of NIA’s menacing, threatening interrogation notice. We stand hand-in-hand with Dr. Partho Sarothi Ray.

Signed by

  1. Aamra ek Sachetan Prayas
  2. Aamra Monbhashi
  3. Aashita Dawer, Professor, OP Jindal Global University
  4. Abhijit Roy, Professor, Jadavpur University
  5. Achin Chakraborty, Professor, Institute of Development Studies, Kolkata
  6. Achin Vanaik, Professor (Retd), University of Delhi
  7. Adibashi Gaonta
  8. Adibashi Juan Mahal
  9. Adibashi Samanyaya Mancha
  10. Aditi Chowdhury, Citizen
  11. Aditi Roy Ghatak, Journalist
  12. Aditya Nigam, Professor, CSDS, Delhi
  13. AJC Bose, Professor, SRCC, University of Delhi
  14. Alik Chakraborty, CPI (M-L) Red Star
  15. All India Central Council of Trade Union (AICCTU)
  16. All India Federation of Trade Unions (AIFTU – new)
  17. All India Kshet Mazdoor Kisan Sabha (AIKMKS)
  18. All India People’s Forum (AIPF)
  19. All India Peoples’ Science Network
  20. All India Progressive Women’s Association (AIPWA)
  21. All India Revolutionary Students’ Organisation (AIRSO)
  22. All India Revolutionary Women’s Organisation (AIRWO)
  23. All India Sanjukta Kisan Sabha
  24. All West Bengal Sales Representatives’ Union (AWBSRU)
  25. Aloke Mukherjee, CPI (M-L)
  26. Amal Sanyal
  27. Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle, IIT Madras
  28. Ambedkar-Periyar-Phule Study Circle, IIT Bombay
  29. Ambikesh Mahapatra, Educationist
  30. Amit Bhaduri, Professor (Retd), JNU
  31. Amitabha Chakraborty, Activist
  32. Aneek Patrika (Bengali Monthly)
  33. Anik Dutta, Filmmaker
  34. Aniket Chattopadhyay, Filmmaker
  35. Anindita Sarbadhikari, Filmmaker
  36. Anindya, Blogger
  37. Anindya Sengupta, Professor, Jadavpur University
  38. Anish Vanaik, Professor, OP Jindal Global University
  39. Anomita Sen, Citizen
  40. Anup Gampa, Asst Professor, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, California
  41. Anuroop Mallik, Folk Singer
  42. Anwesha Sengupta, Institute of Development Studies, Kolkata
  43. Arijit Mitra Smarak Committee
  44. Arundhati Dhuru, National Alliance of People’s Movements
  45. Arundhati Roy, Writer
  46. Arup Dasgupta
  47. Ashani Natyam
  48. Ashok Choudhary, All India Union of Forest Working People (AIUFWP)
  49. Asit Basu
  50. Avishek Konar, Professor, OP Jindal Global University
  51. Avishek Mukherjee
  52. Ayodhya Buru Bachao Andolan
  53. Azad Gano Morcha
  54. Badshah Moitra, Actor
  55. Baidyanath Sengupta, Editor, Samaj Bignan o Prakriti Parichay Patrika
  56. Bandi Mukti Committee
  57. Bharatiya Adibashi Ekata Mancha
  58. Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya, MP & Former Mayor, Kolkata Municipal Corporation
  59. Bimal Chakraborty
  60. Dr Binayak Sen
  61. Bodhisatya Ray, Radical Socialist
  62. Central Convening Committee (CCC), No NRC Movement
  63. Chanchal Chakraborty
  64. Chandan Sen, Playwright
  65. Charoibeti
  66. Chittaroopa Palit, Narmada Bachao Andolan
  67. Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP), West Bengal
  68. Confluence, IISER, Mohali
  69. CP Geevan, Former Senior Environmental Scientist, Independent Researcher
  70. Das Theke Das Hazaar
  71. Debdoot Ghosh
  72. Debdutta Paul
  73. Delhi Science Forum, Delhi
  74. Dhritisree, Theatre Activist
  75. Doyeeta Majumder, Professor, Jadavpur University
  76. Ebong Bisongbad
  77. Prof. Felix Padel
  78. Feminists in Resistance
  79. Forum Against Monopolistic Aggression (FAMA)
  80. Freny Manecksha
  81. Dr Fuad Halim, People’s Health Activist
  82. Ganatantrik Sangrami Udyog
  83. Gautam Chakraborty
  84. Gorky Chakraborty, Institute of Development Studies, Kolkata
  85. Goutam Seal
  86. Hosiery Workers’ Unity Centre
  87. Indian Federation of Trade Union (IFTU)
  88. Indira Ghose, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  89. Indu Chandrasekhar, Publisher
  90. J Devika, Feminist Historian
  91. Jadavpur Commune
  92. Jai Bhim India Network
  93. Jayati Ghosh, Professor, JNU
  94. Joint Action Committee for Social Justice
  95. Joint Platform of Academicians
  96. Jomi Jibika Bastutantro o Poribesh Raksha Committee
  97. Joyraj Bhattacharya, Theatre & Social Activist
  98. Kaushik Sen, Playwright & Actor
  99. KP Fabian, Ambassador (Retd)
  100. Kranti Shilpi Sangha
  101. Krishna Bandyopadhyay, Activist in Women’s Movements
  102. Kumar Rana, Social Activist
  103. Kunal Chattopadhyay, Professor, Jadavpur University
  104. Kuntal Rudra
  105. Little Magazine Samannaya Mancha
  106. Manoj Bhattacharya, RSP
  107. Masood Akhtar
  108. Mazdoor Kranti Parishad
  109. Megha Unwer, Professor, Purdue University, Italy
  110. Mitra Sengupta
  111. Moinak Biswas, Professor, Jadavpur University
  112. Nagarik Udyog
  113. National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM), West Bengal
  114. New Democratic Students’ Front
  115. New Trade Union Initiative (NTUI)
  116. Nikhil Banga Mahila Sangha
  117. Nilanjan Dutta, Writer, Filmmaker, Human Rights Activist
  118. Nisha Biswas, Activist
  119. Nitish Roy, Singer
  120. Nivedita Menon, Professor, JNU
  121. Nupur Basu, Bachik Shilpi
  122. Pamela Philipose, Journalist
  123. Partha Chatterjee, Professor, Columbia University
  124. Partha S Banerjee, Writer & Retired Journalist
  125. Paschim Banga Khet Majoor Samity
  126. Paschim Banga Ganasanskriti Parishad
  127. People’s Film Collective
  128. People’s Study Circle
  129. Persecuted Prisoners’ Solidarity Committee
  130. Prabhat Patnaik, Professor Emeritus, JNU
  131. Pradip Chatterjee, Activist
  132. Prakriti Sebasram Sangha
  133. Pramod Gupta, Social Activist
  134. Pranab Kanti Basu, Professor (Retd), Vishva-Bharati
  135. Prantajan
  136. Pratip Nag, Activist
  137. Progressive Democratic Students’ Federation (PDSF)
  138. Progressive Plantation Workers’ Union
  139. Progressive Students’ Union (PSU)
  140. Progressive Youth League (PYL)
  141. Purbasha Auddy, Jadavpur University
  142. Purulia Bauri Samaj Kalyan Samiti
  143. Rajashri Dasgupta, Social Activist
  144. Ranjana Padhi, WSS
  145. Ranjit Sur, Human Rights Activist
  146. Ratan Khasnabis, Former Professor, Calcutta University
  147. Ravi Pallur, Political Activist
  148. Revolutionary Cultural Forum
  149. Revolutionary Youth and Students’ Federation
  150. Revolutionary Youth Federation of India (RYFI)
  151. Revolutionary Youth Front (RYF)
  152. Right to Food & Work Campaign, West Bengal
  153. Rimi B Chatterjee, Professor, Jadavpur University
  154. Ritam Bhaumik, INRIA, Paris
  155. Ritam Palit, Student Activist
  156. Romar Correa, Professor, University of Mumbai
  157. Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Actor
  158. Sabyasachi Chatterjee
  159. Sabyasachi Deb, Poet
  160. Sachetana
  161. Sahaman
  162. Sailendra Nath Bhattacharya, ECL Colliery Sramik Union
  163. Sajni Mukherjee, Professor, Jadavpur University
  164. Samantak Das, Professor, Jadavpur University
  165. Samar Bagchi, Science, Education, Environment & Social Activist
  166. Sampradayikota o Fascibad Birodhi Ganatantrik Mancha
  167. Sandeep Pandey, Socialist Party (India)
  168. Sanjay Kak, Filmmaker
  169. Sanjeeb Mukherjee, Calcutta University
  170. Saswata Ghosh, Professor, Institute of Development Studies, Kolkata
  171. Satya Sagar, Journalist
  172. Dr SC Byne, Gana Adhikar Mancha, Durgapur
  173. Shakti Pada Badyakar, SC-ST-OBC & Minority Employees’ Federation, Durgapur
  174. Dr Sharmistha Dutta Gupta, Independent Researcher
  175. Shramajibi Swasthya Udyog
  176. Shamim Ahmed, Writer
  177. Shuddhabrata Sengupta, Delhi
  178. Shukla Bhowmick
  179. Sipra Mukherjee, Professor, Jadavpur University
  180. Sitansusekhar, Na Hanya Te
  181. Soma Marik, Associate Professor, RKSM Vivekananda Vidya Bhavan
  182. Dr Soumya Sahin, Asst Professor, National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS)
  183. Souvik Mukhopadhyay
  184. Sramajibi Mahila Samiti
  185. Srikanta Mohanty, CPI (M-L), Odisha
  186. Students for Change
  187. Subhasis Bandyopadhyay, Associate Professor, IIEST, Shibpur
  188. Sugata Ray
  189. Sukanta Chaudhuri, Professor Emeritus, Jadavpur University
  190. Sukumar Muralidharan, Journalist and Journalism Instructor
  191. Sumit Sarkar, Historian
  192. Sumit, Filmmaker, Writer
  193. Sunandan Chakraborty
  194. Supriya Chaudhuri, Professor Emeritus, Jadavpur University
  195. Sushanta Mukherjee, Activist
  196. Sushil Khanna, Professor (Retd), Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC)
  197. Sushovan Dhar, Trade Union Activist
  198. Susmit Bose, Singer-Composer, Activist
  199. Suvrat Raju, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Bengaluru
  200. Swastha Siksha Nirman
  201. Tanika Sarkar, Historian, Professor (Retd), JNU
  202. Tarun Bhartiya, Imagemaker & Union Activist, Shillong
  203. Tobu Banglar Mukh
  204. Trade Union Centre of India (TUCI)
  205. Tuhin Maparu
  206. Umar Awais, United Forum for National Integrity (Rajabazar Shireen Bagh)
  207. UTUC
  208. Vandana Misra, Civil Liberties Activist
  209. Vanessa Chisti, OP Jindal Global University
  210. Women Against Sexual Violence & State Repression (WSS)

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