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Archive for July 8th, 2009

Register murder case against cops, APCLC tells Govt

Posted by Admin on July 8, 2009

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CPI (Maoist) Central Committee member Patel Sudhakar Reddy and Ramakrishna

Ramakrishna & Patel Sudhakar Reddy(Right)

HYDERABAD: Terming the encounter death of CPI (Maoist) Central Committee member Patel Sudhakar Reddy and State committee member Venkataiah as `fake’, the Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee (APCLC) today demanded the State Government to register murder cases against the police personnel involved in the fake encounter.

It also wanted the Government to order a magisterial enquiry into the incident.Addressing a press conference here today, APCLC fact-finding committee members who included APCLC senior leader Prof G Haragopal, State committee members D Suresh Kumar, R Rajanandam and V Raghunath along with deceased’s (Sudhakar Reddy) sister-inlaw Tirumala Devi said that the circumstantial evidence and the versions of local people corroborated with the suspicion that the Maoist leader was taken into custody at Nasik (Maharashtra) on May 23 and was later killed in a fake encounter in Palvai forest area in Warangal district on May 24 morning.

The SIB (Special Intelligence Bureau) sleuths killed them, including Venkataiah, in a

CPI (Maoist) Central Committee member Patel Sudhakar Reddy

stage-managed encounter.“We have inspected the encounter spot as well as the place in Nasik where the Maoist leader had stayed. “How could it be possible for the Maoist leader to travel over 1,000 km distance in a few hours,’’they argued.

The APCLC members said that incidents of `fake’ encounters by the police have stopped in the State when the High Court had given a ruling on February 6 that fake encounters were punishable offences.However, the police resumed fake encounters when the Supreme Court had issued stay orders on the High Court ruling.

The State Government would be held responsible for any harm to deceased’s sister-in-law who was facing life threat from the police, they added.

Also Read CPI Maoist Statement on fake encounter killing of CPI (Maoist) Central Committee member Patel Sudhakar Reddy and State committee member Venkataiah.

Patel Sudhakar Reddy laid to rest

Solidarity: Revolutionary poet Varavara Rao squats in protest at Gadwal on Tuesday.

MAHABUBNAGAR: The body of Maoist leader Patel Sudhakar Reddy was laid to rest on Tuesday around 5 p.m. at his native place Kurthirala Cheruvu in Maldakal mandal of the district.

His body was buried behind the grave of his father Venkatrami Reddy. His only son Patel Shashidhar Reddy who is pursuing B.Tech in Hyderabad performed the last rites along with his mother Vanaja (wife of Sudhakar Reddy). Revolutionary poet Varavara Rao, Balladeer Gadar, APCLC former president Ratnamala, Janashakthi Chandranna, Mabhoomi Sandhya, Maoist party sympathisers Vimala, Padma, Jyothi, Martyrs’ Parents Association president Rajanna and others paid tributes to Patel Sudhakar Reddy.

There was mild tension when the police prevented the funeral procession from taking a route which was not permitted. There was an exchange of words between local DSP Vardharajulu, Varavara Rao and Gadar. The latter squatted at Gandhi Chowk for over one hour in protest. They withdrew their protest later and participated in the last rites.

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Naxal activity noticed in Delhi, says Govt.

Posted by Admin on July 8, 2009

New Delhi (PTI) The Government on Wednesday said intelligence inputs suggest Naxal activity in Delhi, Punjab and Uttarakhand.

“As per available inputs, certain Maoists activities have come to notice in Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand,” Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Maken said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.

He, however, said there were no reports of Maoist violence in these areas.

He said the government has adopted an integrated approach in dealing with Left Wing Extremism activities in the arenas of security, development and public perception.

The country has witnessed a total of 1,128 incidents of Naxal violence till June 30 this year which left 455 civilians and security personnel dead.

A total of 107 naxalites were killed and 861 arrested during the same period.

The Hindu

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Amlashol: Unkept promises of development and lessons for Lalgarh

Posted by Admin on July 8, 2009


July 7, 2009

It was only five years ago that a village in the Jangalmahal of West Bengal hit the headlines – Amlashol. Today, another part of the Jangalmahal called Lalgarh is receiving lavish promises of development in the wake of a massive revolt. “Rapid implementation” of developmental schemes is being promised to the people of Lalgarh.

It is necessary to study Amlashol’s journey – because five years ago there too the government had promised a plethora of developmental schemes, in the same manner.

June 2004. Five Adivasis die of hunger and malnutrition in Amlashol village, under Banshpahari Panchayet, Belpahari Block, West Bengal. This incident rocked Bengal politics at the time. The government drew up a list of “left-behind” villages. Over 8,000 villages were on that list. Tens of millions of rupees were declared to be set aside for these underdeveloped villages.

After five years, Amlashol remains Amlashol. The outskirts may have changed a bit, but inside it’s still the same darkness.

Mountains and jungles on all sides. An undulating village on the border of Puruliya and Jharkhand. To reach Amlashol is perhaps not as difficult as before – there is a 21 km paved road from Belpahari to Kankrajhore, built under the Prime Minister’s Gram Sadak Yojna. From Kankrajhore to Amlashol is 2.5 km – that road is still earthen. And after that the road simply disappears. One has to go through jungle paths to reach the village.

Kailash Munda was a CPI(Marxist) member of the Banshpahari Panchayat who first brought to light the death of the five Adivasis. He was subsequently expelled from the CPI(M) and is now very far away from a political life. He spends half the year in Andal as a casual labourer in a factory. The other half he spends in Kankrajhore, a labourer on a sliver of land. Kailash says “Politics today means taking care of personal fortunes. It means telling lies, making capital from the suffering of people. You see – five years have passed, and nothing has happened in Amlashol.”

According to government statistics, there are 86 families in Amlashol. Of them, 65 are Adivasis. Of these 65 families, 19 belong to the Sabar community.

The 30 hectares of land in Amlashol are totally monocrop. There is farming three months a year, depending on the rain. For the rest of the year the only work available is picking shaal leaves from the forest or making ropes from babui grass. Most inhabitants do not own any land.

Under the NREGA 100 day rural work scheme, Amlashol received an average of 10 days of work last year. Lakshmikanta Munda, Malati Sabar, and others informed us that 70 people had applied for work under NREGA on May 21 of this year. Nobody got work.

Babulal Sabar, Mohan Sabar, Sanatan Sabar don’t even have job cards. Ajit Sabar, Sunil Sabar and others don’t have ration cards either. The ration dealer Sunil Manki tells us something peculiar – in some families, the father is BPL (Below Poverty Level) and the son is APL (Above Poverty Level). Haripada Munda gets 1.25 kg of rice every week, at the rate of Rs. 2 per kilo – but his son Duryadhan doesn’t even get rice!

Only 8 people have Antyoday Scheme cards. Only 9 elderly people receive an Adivasi pension. 5 self-help groups had been created but don’t exist any more.

Sanatan Munda had died of hunger in 2004. His wife Sakuntala says “There is no work here. My 18-year old son has left for Bangalore, to find work as a labourer”. Samay Sabar had died of hunger in 2004. His wife says “Half the days we don’t have anything to cook. We cannot cut trees in the forest. Picking leaves and making ropes doesn’t fetch anything. The moneylenders buy everything for nominal prices”.

Homes were built by the administration for 17 of the 19 Sabar families. What is their condition? Basanti Sabar retorts “Everybody takes us for fools and cheats us. The houses have collapsed in the rains.”

The grocer Tamal Das doesn’t keep puffed rice. “Who’ll buy it anyway”!

4 ponds were dug for irrigation purposes. They don’t have water. There is no arrangement for receiving irrigation water from these ponds. There are waterfalls in the mountains nearby – they could have been dammed and used. The administration didn’t do that.

Only 3% of houses have sanitation.

Kankrajhore, 2.5 km away, has a health center where there’s supposed to be a doctor three times a week. Only health workers are present. A new house has been built for the health center but there is no chance for it to be functional.

The only primary school has a single teacher. There are 26 students. There is no regular attendance on either side.

The current Panchayat member belonging to Jharkhand Party, Dulari Hembram, is quite candid. “What can a mere Panchayat member do? A change in the situation needs the drive of the government and the administration”. On the other hand, the BDO of Belpahari, Bhaskar Pal, says “The elected members of the Panchayat don’t want to do anything. Even if the administration wants to, it isn’t possible for development to reach Lalgarh. Amlashol is far from the Panchayat office and the path is difficult. The Panchayat has cast it aside”.

Amlashol therefore remains Amlashol, year after year. A Lalgarh is created.

This article originally appeared in The Ananda Bazaar Patrika and has been translated by Kuver Sinha, Sanhati.<!–

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The operation by the joint forces against the Maoists is only to divert attention of the media and people: Chhatradhar Mahato

Posted by Admin on July 8, 2009

Kolkata (WB), July 08: Tribal leader Chhatradhar Mahato, who went underground after the anti-Maoist operation began in Lalgarh, today dared the government to arrest him and said the administration was scared to do it.

“I have not fled anywhere. I am at Lalgarh only and if the administration wants to arrest me, let them come and arrest me,” Mahato, the chief of People’s Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA) which is widely believed to have links with the Maoists, said over phone.

The police, Mahato said, did not have the guts to arrest him because they knew if he was arrested, the entire Lalgarh would erupt.

He accused the government of not addressing the real problems faced by the people of Lalgarh who, he claimed, had been tortured and looked down upon in the last 30 years.

“The operation by the joint forces against the Maoists is only to divert attention of the media and people from the real issues affecting the people.”

He said the people’s movement was being passed off as Maoist operation and the people of Lalgarh would continue their movement till their demands were met.

When reminded that state officials were coming with development schemes, he argued, “The government is only trying to lure the people out of the movement. Once the movement ends, they will be tortured again.”

Asked if there was any basis for his statement, Mahato said, “The police so far arrested 40 of our leaders, including some top ones like Asmat Hansda, Kartik Deb Singh, Dipak Pati and Prabir Gorai. If they are so sympathetic towards our problems, then why are they arresting our members?”

He alleged, “The police were entering villages and torturing the people. They are arresting them without any reason.”

“Do you think this is a sign of development in the area?” he asked

Meanwhile, a bandh, called by the PCPA in Purulia, Bankura and West Midnapore, was observed today. Shops were closed and there was no transport in the entire area.

Government offices also remained closed for the day.

Mahato claimed that success of the bandh proved that the people were with them. “We will continue our movement until the government stops this aggression and comes forward for negotiation,” Mahato said.

Bureau Report

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CPI(ML-Liberation) slams police for arresting tribals

Posted by Admin on July 8, 2009

Kolkata , Jul 7 Naxalite outfit CPI(ML-Liberation) today alleged that police were indiscriminately arresting tribal youths from Lalgarh and adjoining areas under the pretext that they were Maoists, and demanded an”immediate stop”to the police operation there.

It also extended support to the 24-hour bandh called by tribal outfit People&aposs Committee Against Police Atrocities in West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia districts tomorrow to protest against police torture. The party said joint operation by the police and central forces at Lalgarh and other areas had forced thousands of people to take shelter in refugee camps.” Total police terror is prevailing at Lalgarh and adjoining areas of Janagalmahal, and section 144 Cr PC has been clamped to block passage to Lalgarh . The administration is suppressing tribal demands with police help,”CPI(ML-Liberation) said in a statement. Alleging that even women and children were not spared by the police at Lalgarh, it said:”We demand that police operation be stopped immediately and tribals&aposinterests be served through negotiations at Lalgarh and other areas.


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