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Archive for December 1st, 2007

People’s March November 2007 pdf

Posted by Admin on December 1, 2007

Dear friends,

Poeople's March December 2007 in pdf format is posted.

Download People's March December 2007 pdf

P.Govindan kutty
Editor, People's March

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Claim of Nandigram rapes on camera

Posted by Admin on December 1, 2007

Statesman News Service
KOLKATA, Nov. 30: In what could come as a major setback to the ruling Left Front, a witness revealed at the final hearing of the Citizens’ Commission of Enquiry today that he possessed digital images ~ both moving and still ~ of rape and molestation victims of the 14 March
carnage in Nandigram.

The photographs and video recordings were taken while conducting health camps all over Nandigram from 18 March onwards.

The photographs and video recordings will be submitted as evidence before the Commission, which will submit its report in December. The Citizens’ Commission of Enquiry was set up by the Citizens’ Council of West Bengal for ascertaining facts and circumstances relating to the acquisition of land at Singur and Nandigram. The Commission has already conducted five sittings in Nandigram and Singur and recorded the evidence of about one hundred witnesses, including some police officers. The Commission is conducting an enquiry into the death of a
large number of people and molestation of women between 1 June 2006 and 31 May 2007. The enquiry findings will be published for public information in December.

The final sitting of the Commission was held today at the Centenary Hall of the Mahabodhi Society. Witnesses such as littérateur Mahashweta Devi, former Vice-Chancellor of Visva-Bharati University, Prof. Amlan Dutta, Prof Miratun Naha, and Mr Bibhuti Bhushab Nandy, former DIG Indo-Tibetan Border Police and ex-additional secretary, Research and Analysis Wing, appeared before the Commission today.

Appearing before the Commission chairman, Mr Justice (Retd) Abani Mohan Sinha, and members Mr Justice (Retd) Ranendra Narayan Ray and Mr Justice (Retd) Malay Sengupta, Prof. Amlan Dutta said that two statements regarding the current situation in Nandigram ~ “peace has been restored” and villages have been “recaptured” ~ are contradictory. “It will be very difficult to restore peace in the area,” he said.

Mahashweta Devi said that in view of the happenings in Singur and Nandigram, the Left Front government should be on its way out in the state.

The Hindu

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Additional force deployed at troubled POSCO site

Posted by Admin on December 1, 2007

Jagatsinghpur (Orissa): The Orissa Government on Friday deployed 300 armed policemen at the proposed site of the South Korean steel major Pohang Iron and Steel Co (POSCO) in Jagatsinghpur following clashes between opposing groups on Thursday and prevailing tension in the area. Initially, around 200 policemen were deployed at Balitutha, in the district of Jagatsinghpur, some 120 kilometres from state capital Bhubaneswar. However, the numbers have since been increased as tensions prevail in the region, a senior district police official told
reporters. At least 17 people, including five women, were injured after two opposing groups of the project clashed at Balitutha.

The clash erupted when around 100 people backing the project attacked a camp of protesters for rejecting a panel set up by local leaders on Wednesday to bring the situation back to normal in the region. The protesters, also numbering around 100 including women, retaliated. Both groups reportedly hurled bombs. A tent set up by the protesters was burnt, police said.
Balitutha is the entry point to the proposed POSCO site. The protesters had blocked the road in the village to prevent the entry of the police, POSCO and government officials to the site over the past two months. A week ago, the protesters had imposed a ‘ban’ on the entry of the pro-project people to the site. The protesters were sitting on the road armed with sticks, axes and other weapons.

“The government is using goons and anti-social elements to suppress the voice of the poor. It will be responsible for all the consequences,” anti-project leader Abhaya Sahu told reporters. More than 80 cases have been registered against anti-POSCO activists over the past year while 46 are against their leader Sahu. To extend support and sympathy to the villagers opposing the project, a group of leaders belonging to Communist Party of India led by its leader Narayan Reddy visited the region on Friday.

The area has witnessed a series of clashes since the steel company and the Orissa government signed a deal in June 2005 for a $12 billion plant. The plant is to come up near the Paradeep port by 2016. Those protesting the project say the plant will displace over 20,000 people
from around 15 villages and ruin their livelihood. POSCO officials say it would affect only 500 families but would create thousands of jobs.


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Maoists kill Congress leader in Andhra

Posted by Admin on December 1, 2007

Hyderabad, Dec 1 (IANS) Maoist guerrillas in Andhra Pradesh Saturday shot dead Pantu Naik, a leader of the ruling Congress party, in Mahabubnagar district.

Three Maoists gunned down Naik, president of Amangal Mandal Praja Parishad, while he was praying in a temple in Maisigandi village, police officials said.

Before fleeing into the nearby forests, the attackers left behind a letter from the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), warning of more attacks to avenge the killing of its cadres by police in allegedly stage-managed gun battles.

The attack, which took place after a long lull in Maoist activities, sent alarm bells ringing in the top echelons of the police force as officials claim to have brought Maoist activities under control with the killings of several top leaders in the last two years.

Intelligence agencies had recently warned that Maoists could launch surprise attacks as documents seized from guerrillas in Bihar and harkhand mentioned the CPI-Maoist’s plans of reviving the movement in the southern state.

Politicians and policemen on the hit list of Maoists have been asked to be vigilant while moving around, especially in the interior areas.

The failed assassination attempt on former chief minister N. Janardhan Reddy in Nellore district in September, the stepped up violence in the tribal areas of Visakhapatnam district, and the unearthing of a plot to attack Congress legislator P. Ramaiah in Prakasam indicate the Maoists’ resolve of reviving the movement.

Maoist violence in the state has claimed more than 6,000 lives since 1969. The state has been Mamost stronghold and it was here that the People’s War Group (PWG) took birth.

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Bihar: Another bandh call by Maoists

Posted by Admin on December 1, 2007

PATNA: Maoists have given a call for yet another bandh on December 2 to protest against “police loot and the arrest of their north Bihar-western zone secretary Bhaskar”.

In a press note released here on Friday, the CPI (Maoist) said Saran, Tirhut and Champaran areas would observe bandh on December 2. It accused the police of “looting” its depot on November 22 and arresting Bhaskar, who was suffering from arthritis, when he was in the state
capital in connection with treatment. The Maoists in a separate press note claimed that the Special Task Force (STF) had arrested Bhaskar and another local supporter from the Agamkuan area in Patna and presented a distorted picture of the whole affair to the media. It denied there was any move by the Maoists to trigger explosions in the secretariat, assembly, jail or any other place in the state capital.

The Maoists said that contrary to the claim of the police, Bhaskar’s associate Dhananjay had been arrested by STF even before November 22. They alleged the STF took away Bhaskar like kidnappers — by covering him and bundling him into an unnumbered jeep. Bhaskar was also
allegedly tortured.

The Maoists claimed the police’s statement that a truckload of explosives had been recovered was aimed at “covering up the loot committed by policemen”. The truck did not contain explosives as claimed by the police, they said adding it actually had a fan, bed sheets, sweaters, one bundle of cloth for trousers and another one for shirts, besides 200 trousers, inner wears, ayurvedic medicines andutensils. The truck also contained Naxalite literature and hard cash
to the tune of lakhs. The Maoists claimed that the STF jawans had “looted all this and then cooked up a story to hide this loot”.

Times of India

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