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Archive for July 20th, 2009

Police lathicharge villagers at Lalgarh

Posted by Admin on July 20, 2009


23naxalPolice today resorted to lathicharge on the villagers of Dharampur, near Lalgarh, when they protested outside the police camp there, demanding that the camp be shifted out of the school premises. About 500 villagers of Dharampur, including school students, today rallied up to the police camp in Dharampur, amed with traditional weapons, and demonstrated outside the camp. Many of them owe allegiance to the maoist backed PCPA (peoples committee against police atrocities).

The villagers demanded that the camp there, alonwith the other camps throughout the Lalgarh region be immediately shifted out of the numerous schools, as it was affecting hundreds of local students. They allegedly tried to storm into the school premises, housing the camp, when the police had to lob tear gas, and lathicharge. Many of those injured included students in uniforms.

For the last two weeks, villagers in Lalgarh have been protesting against the police camps inside schools, and have stepped up their agitation against it.

Many view this as a tactic to levy pressure on the joint forces and administration, as the villagers still suspect the police of their intentions.

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Koraput: Tribals in Orissa sieze forest-land from companies

Posted by Admin on July 20, 2009


orissaKORAPUT – Several agitated tribals in Orissa’s Koraput district have resorted to forcible eviction methods of private companies from the forest land, in the disguise of restoration of land to tribals, the so-called ‘real’ owners.

The forest land, however, had been sold off by the non-tribals owners to private companies.

Protesting the ownership of private companies on the forest land, members of Chasi Mulia Sangh (CMS), a newly created and a ‘pro-tribal group’, has forcibly occupied 300 acres of the land in Bandhugaon Block of the district.

They also fell down several teak trees planted by the private company.

The step has once again displayed how this Maoist-backed group is gaining popularity and establishing its hold among tribals day-by-day. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lalgarh: Massive PCPA Rally in Dharampur

Posted by Admin on July 20, 2009


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LALGARH: In a bid to wipe out the CPM from Jangalkhand, Maoists in Lalgarh forced 19 CPM activists to quit the party on Sunday.      File photo

Soon after announcing that the 19 CPM men have voluntarily quit their party, the People’s Committe against Police Atrocities (PCPA) took out a huge rally near Dharampur. Several Maoists, too, took part in the procession. Interestingly, hundreds of policemen and paramilitary personnel have been camping in the area for the past few weeks.

Those who were forced to quit CPM on Sunday included Suman Singh, the pradhan of Baita gram panchayat in Lalgarh, and Pritam Mullick, CPM leader and upa-pradahan of Manikpara panchayat in Jhargram block. They promised not to keep in touch with their comrades. Mullick’s name was there on the list of nine CPM leaders whom the Maoists had threatened to behead unless they quit the party. Read the rest of this entry »

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West Bengal:PCPA Bandh hits three disticts

Posted by Admin on July 20, 2009


cpi maoist written in bengali on the banspahari panchayat office picture by sanjoy chattopadhyaya copyMidnapore (WB), July 19 (PTI) Normal life was severely affected today on the first day of the three-day bandh called by PCPA in Jangal Mahal region comprising tribal areas of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia districts, officials said.

Picture-CPI (Maoist)’ written in Bengali on the Banspahari panchayat office.

Wanted chief of People’s Committee against Police Atrocities, Chhatradhar Mahato, called the bandh to protest against “police atrocities on innocent people” for the past few months.

Life came to a standstill in Jhargram sub-division including Lalgarh, Salboni and Goaltor of West Midnapore district; Ranibandh, Simlapal, Sarenga and Khatra areas of Bankura; and Bandwan, Baghmundi, Balarampur and Barabazar blocks of Purulia district.

Though schools, colleges and offices were closed as it is Sunday, shops and markets remained shut and vehicles were off the road, the officials said.

Mahato had said he sought moral support and cooperation of Left Front partners RSP and Forward Bloc to make the bandh a success.
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How can we leave the poor and deprived in the face of state oppression?: Maoist leader Bikash

Posted by Admin on July 20, 2009


lalgarh uprising adivasis womenJuly 19: The presence of 50 companies of security forces has apparently done little to scare away the Maoist guerrillas from Lalgarh.

In a telephone interview with The Telegraph, rebel leader Bikash said he was moving around freely in the area with his comrades. “We are very much in Lalgarh. How can we leave the poor and deprived in the face of state oppression?”

The man who has been overseeing the outlawed outfit’s Lalgarh movement had emerged in front of the media with an AK-47 before the joint operation of central and state forces started on June 18.

He refused to speak on the whereabouts of Kishanji, the guerrilla squad chief who is believed to have fled the area after the forces moved in. Read the rest of this entry »

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S Asia Solidarity Group to hold picket on Lalgarh issue

Posted by Admin on July 20, 2009


24naxaliteLondon , July 19 South Asian and Indian groups in the UK have planned a protest against siege of Lalgarh in West Bengal by security forces, terming it as a”test case”for establishing UPA government’s new model of developments hrough the use of force.
South Asia Solidarity Group and Indian Workers Association along with supporters will hold a picket infront of the Indian High Commission here next Friday, which will be organised by a group called’ Campaign Against Land Grab and Forced Displacement of People.’

Their demands, include unconditional apology from the police involved in the operation during which they alleged indiscriminate arrests, rapes and illegal detentions, took place.

Compensation for the injured and the families of those murdered in the attacks have also been demanded, besides noting that negotiations will be held in public.

The members of the groups said the Lalgarh campaign in the adivasi-dominated western region of West Bengal, forced hundreds to flee their homes.

“For the new UPA government and its belligerent Home Minister P Chidambaram, Lalgarh is a test case establishing that its neo-liberal model  of development&aposwill be enforced through unrestrained violence by paramilitary forces.
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