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Archive for June 21st, 2009

Police atrocity: Thousands fleeing Lalgarh

Posted by Admin on June 21, 2009


Lalgarh (PTI) Thousands of villagers from violence-hit Lalgarh area were fleeing their homes to take shelter in relief camps, Union Minister of State for Rural Development Sisir Adhikari said on Sunday.

“At least 20,000 people have been rendered homeless. Read the rest of this entry »

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We will spread this fire, says maoist from Lalgarh

Posted by Admin on June 21, 2009


My name is Manoj. It’s not the name my parents gave me, but all my comrades call me ‘Manoj’. My father’s name is Dhiren Murmu. I am his second son
Maoist revolution
Inspired by Mao Zedong, Charu Majumdar and Kanu Sanyal of the CPI (Marxist) develop a “revolutionary opposition” to the party.

and I am 25. I was born at Bamundanga village in Salboni. I’ve lived most of my life in this hopeless village.

Our village falls under the Kansijora gram panchayat. The Left Front has been in power here for 30 years. Salboni has always been a CPM stronghold. But, in 30 years, neither the state government, nor the panchayat and Zilla Parishad took any interest at all in developing this area. We might have been living in the Stone Age.

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When it rains here, the dirt tracks turn muddy and we are forced to drag ourselves and our cattle through the muck. We are not able to ride our bicycles or use carts. We don’t have clean drinking water. People are forced to drink filthy, yellow water. After sunset, we live in the dark as there is no electricity here. No jobs either. During the paddy season, we work in the fields and then sit idle for the rest of the year. Because we are tribals, no one has bothered to do anything for us.

In 2002, we got tired of being treated like rodents. So, the villagers got together and demanded development in our area. This infuriated the local CPM bosses. The police and Marxists slapped false cases on us, accusing us of working for the People’s War Group (PWG). They branded us Maoists. So we began to think we might as well join the Maoists.

Things turned nasty quickly. The former police superintendent of West Midnapore, K C Meena, lodged an FIR against the entire village. Nearly 90% of the men and teenage boys were charged with being Naxalite. We knew what was coming. We had to do something to save ourselves.

CPI MLI was just 18 at the time. I was in class XII at the local school. But, I too joined in protests against the police. Within days, the police filed a case against me, my father and brother. They accused all of us of working for the PWG. We had nothing to do with the PWG. Our family has always supported the Congress party. In 1998, Read the rest of this entry »

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Lalgarh: Maoists breed in swaps of hunger and anger

Posted by Admin on June 21, 2009


Media commentary on Lalgarh seems to miss out one crucial fact: Till less than a month ago, it was not a Maoist fortress but a place where a place where fascinating experiment with a new kind of politics was being done. Maoists were there but they had to go along with the mood inside Lalgarh, which was certainly not one of forming ‘dalams’ or roving guerrilla squads. In fact, as People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCPA) leader Chhatradhar Mahato told The Times of India this week, “if the state government had done even 10% of what we have done, the situation would have been very different.”

 For more than five months, the PCPA, with popular participation, built reservoirs, dug tube-wells and built roads in the area. The Lalgarh Sanhati Mancha, based in Kolkata, collected money and helped set up a health centre. A committee with five men and five women would take decisions. Read the rest of this entry »

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The war is not between state and Maoists. It is between state and people:Koteshwar Rao (CPI Maoist Politburo member)

Posted by Admin on June 21, 2009


New Delhi: Politburo member of the Communist Part of India-Maoists, Koteshwar Rao, who is leading the fight against the state police in West Bengal, has defied the government and blamed it for the violence. He spoke exclusively to CNN-IBN from a secret location.
The state government and Central Government are propagating that the leaders are away from the area. We never went away from the area, we are in the area, we will be in the area. People are with us,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Police brutality continues in Lalgarh

Posted by Admin on June 21, 2009


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 A villager begs a policeman to spare him after his arrest near Lalgarh

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A villager begs a policeman to spare him from being arrested at Pirakata

‘Lalgarh must be a liberated zone for tribals’

Chatradhar Mahato, convenor of the People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities, told rediff.com on Friday that PCAPA was ready for talks with the state government. “However, if the government resorts to violence, we will put up an equal if not a stronger opposition.”In an interview to rediff.com on Thursday, Gour Chakraborty, the CPI-Maoist’s spokesman put forth the Maoists’ demand for Lalgarh.

“We want the entire Lalgarh to be a liberated zone for the tribals. We want them to have a democracy of their own, a democracy that will be guided by a new and free economy,” Chakraborty said.

 
 

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Lalgarh demands Maoist amnesty

– Drop all cases since 1998, says leader

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April 19: The tribals of Lalgarh want the government to drop all cases against suspected Maoists since 1998 as a condition for allowing police into their area for 12 hours on election day.

That is not all, though. They also want former West Midnapore superintendent of police Rajesh Singh to go to Dalilpurchak in the heart of Lalgarh and apologise for “atrocities” in the wake of the mine blast on the chief minister’s route last November and stop “atrocities on tribal women in the name of raids”.https://i0.wp.com/www.telegraphindia.com/1081114/images/14zzlalbig.jpg

After a meeting yesterday, the People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities had mentioned the demand for the former district police chief’s apology but not what is potentially the killer clause: dropping cases. Read the rest of this entry »

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Orissa:Tribal agitation spre ads as road blockade continues

Posted by Admin on June 21, 2009


Bhubaneswar, June 20: Tribal agitation backed by Maoists on Saturday spilled over to fresh areas in Koraput district as road blockades were put up in two blocks of the district, restricting movement of about one lakh people.

Roads in the Narayanpatna block have remained blocked since June 15. Tribals, protesting under the banner of Chasi Mulia Sangha (CMS) agitating to free tribal lands from the clutches of non-tribals, blocked roads in the neighbouring Bandhugaon block also. Read the rest of this entry »

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What Really Is Going On In Lalgarh

Posted by Admin on June 21, 2009


A Fact Finding Report

20 June, 2009
Countercurrents.org

By a fact finding team of students from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

June 17, 2009: A fact finding team of nine students from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) recently visited Lalgarh, to probe into the reality of the ongoing movement of the people in the area. Here we are enclosing the preliminary details of what we saw. We would like to appeal to your daily/ news channel to also highlight on certain issues of the movement, which we feel are not coming to the forefront, as much as it should have.

We heard through various media and other sources that there had been massive state repression in Lalgrah and other adjacent areas in November 2008, after the attempted mine blast on the convoy of Buddhadeb Bhattacharya. We heard of incidents of rampant police atrocity especially on women and school children in Chhotopelia and Katapahari. We also heard that post that rampage the people there have formed the Pulishi Santrash Birodhi Janasadharoner Committee (PSBJC) and have blockaded Lalgarh and other areas out of police and other administration. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lalgarh deserves support and sympathy

Posted by Admin on June 21, 2009


We are a non-violent people. We hate it when people resort to violence. In Lalgarh, the tribals have all along been very peaceful. True, the primary health centres in their villages didn’t have any medicines and doctors from the towns rarely visited them. So what’s new? Many people saw their sick loved ones die as they made the long trek to the district hospital from their villages over the dirt tracks that pass for roads. But there was no violence.

Finding drinking water in the summer has always been a problem in the villages. Ponds have had to be used for both drinking water and for bathing. Children have often suffered from diseases as a result. But the tribals of Lalgarh are used to their children dying early. They never complained. Read the rest of this entry »

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