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Archive for July 11th, 2009

Eye of a storm – A woman’s blinding in police assault turned Lalgarh against govt

Posted by Admin on July 11, 2009


No hope in sight: ChintamanI / Photo: Salil Bera

A woman’s blinding in police assault turned Lalgarh against govt

By Rabi Banerjee/Lalgarh

Chintamani Murmu, 55, would not come out of her thatched hut at Chotopelia in Lalgarh, West Bengal. She is blind and has no clothes to wear.

A mother of three, she was blinded by policemen hunting for Maoists following a landmine attack on Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s convoy in November last year. Chintamani’s plight turned the tribals against the Left Front government. As the Maoist-backed People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities (PSBJC) clashed with security forces last month, Lalgarh became a war zone. Read the rest of this entry »

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Students lock up cops in school

Posted by Admin on July 11, 2009

Students outside the Binpur school. Picture by Mitul Das

Midnapore, July 10: Students of a high school 15km from Lalgarh today marched to their institution and locked its gates demanding that policemen camping there vacate the premises and let classes resume.

Over a dozen high schools in and around Lalgarh are shut now because they are being used to house security forces.

At Binpur High School, where classes have not been held since June 15, 250 students came in a procession and asked the 50 personnel living inside to clear out immediately. Then they locked the cops in.

At 12.30pm, the inspector in charge of Binpur came with a large team of baton-wielding personnel and chased the children away. The force broke the lock on the school gate. Read the rest of this entry »

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Healthcare issues in Lalgarh: 40 kg weight at full-term pregnancy

Posted by Admin on July 11, 2009

July 10 2009. A part of the Lalgarh page of Sanhati

Kantapahari health center. A young mother wraps her baby in a bit of cloth and looks around for a shadow from the glare of the sun. The baby cries out a few times.

She has come from a long way off, having walked around two hours to bring her baby to the health center. The baby is three months old, but looks smaller. Thin hands and legs, big head, bulging eyes – malnourishment all over.

This health care was closed during the revolt. After police entered the village, a doctor has started coming regularly.

The mother’s name is Kadambo Mahato. The doctor tells her to nurse the baby, to give it good food. Kadambo is half starving herself and cannot nurse her baby. When asked about her source of income, she looked down and said “My man works in somebody else’s land. Read the rest of this entry »

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