Call for investigation of alleged torture of detained journalist
Kodopi, a freelance journalist from one of the indigenous communities of Chhattisgarh, was arrested on September 10 on charges of raising funds for a banned Maoist insurgent group.
Reports from Chhattisgarh indicate that when Kodopi appeared in court in Dantewada, a southern district of the state, on November 1, he met with members of his family and informed them that he had been beaten while in custody and forced to sign a number of blank sheets of paper.
"The IFJ calls for a thorough investigation into these allegations and regular reporting to the judicial authorities on Kodopi's wellbeing," IFJ Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park said.
Kodopi's reporting through mobile phone and internet-based citizen journalism service CGNet Swara was instrumental in bringing to light serious civilian casualties inflicted by a major anti-insurgency operation in Dantewada district in March. Observers in Chhattisgarh believe that his arrest may have been retribution for this and several previous reports that he filed.