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Archive for August 6th, 2009

Manipur Fake Shootout: Police foil torch rallies at many places

Posted by Admin on August 6, 2009


Manipur women folk staging rally

Manipur women folk staging rally

Related post: Manipur: Murder in plain sight

Imphal, August 05 2009: There were scuffles between the state security forces and Meira Paibis (women torch bearers) at many places when the women took to the streets with bamboo torches at many places in Imphal East and West districts tonight.

The Apunba Lup, a conglomerate of various civil society organisations organised torch rallies defying the curfew imposed since last night.

The rallies began at 8 pm tonight.

The scuffles started when the Manipur Police and IRB personnel tried to disperse the rallyists at Khurai, Singjamei and many other localities.

The police personnel used tear gas shells and rubber bullets to stop the torch rallies and disperse them.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Working Committee of Apunba Lup, the apex body of civil society organizations in Manipur spearheading the agitation against the killing of a young pregnant mother and a former PLA member leading a normal life, has lined up its next course of action after the 48-hour state-wide bandh which ended at midnight of August 4.Torch rallies have been planned to be taken out in all localities at 8 p.m.on August 5 under the banner “Chief Minister Ibobi should resign on moral ground, punish the guilty police commandos,” Apunba Lup had stated in a press release.

The scuffles started when the Manipur Police and IRB personnel tried to disperse the rallyists at Khurai, Singjamei and many other localities.

Manipur64664The police personnel used tear gas shells and rubber bullets to stop the torch rallies and disperse them.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Working Committee of Apunba Lup, the apex body of civil society organizations in Manipur spearheading the agitation against the killing of a young pregnant mother and a former PLA member leading a normal life, has lined up its next course of action after the 48-hour state-wide bandh which ended at midnight of August 4.Torch rallies have been planned to be taken out in all localities at 8 p.m.on August 5 under the banner “Chief Minister Ibobi should resign on moral ground, punish the guilty police commandos,” Apunba Lup had stated in a press release.

Meanwhile, reports have been received from many localities in both Imphal districts where people came out on the roads defying the prohibitory orders to vent their anger and protest against the government and the police commandos.

Roads were blocked, effigies of Chief Minister, DGP and police commandos were burnt and slogans demanding the resignation of the Chief Minister were shouted by people in Khurai areas, the locality of the deceased Sanjit, who was shot dead by Manipur police commandos on July 23 .

The chief minister returned to Imphal today and drove away without meeting the media amidst tight security, disappointing reporters who had gone to the airport to get his comment.

The prohibitory orders had added to the misery of the common people who have already been suffering during the 48-hour bandh called by Apunba Lup.

People who came out early in the morning in the hope of buying some supplies were chased back home by state security forces.

The worst affected are the daily wage earners who have had to endure three days without work and earning, and their patience is almost running out. E-Pao

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New Pamphlet: Revolution in India – Lalgarh’s Hopeful Spark

Posted by Admin on August 6, 2009


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Posted by Mike E on August 5, 2009

Now available in printable pdf format. Revolution in India – Lalgarh’s Hopeful Spark(PDF format)

by Sam Shell

At this moment an incredible event is taking place in the West Midnapore district of West Bengal. Before the eruption, this sleepy area was little known except to its own inhabitants. Now, a people’s movement of unprecedented size to West Bengal has risen from the suffering of its adivasi (tribal) inhabitants, galvanizing the region, and shocking greater India. This movement has been popularly termed “the Lalgarh uprising.”

Although one could accurately say the point of eruption of this rebellion occurred early in November of 2008, it is necessary to step back further in order to appreciate the context within which these events have unfolded. Lalgarh is an incredibly impoverished area of West Bengal. It contains one well-developed road—built to accommodate police—that is of little use to its indigenous inhabitants to whom even a motorbike is a rarity. Neither clean water nor electricity is available. Police brutality was a regular occurrence where villagers were detained and tortured for little or no reason—some singled out for repeated horrific abuse. (Dec. 2008) For many years the State promised development in the area, yet little to none was seen.

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British Kashmiris will observe Indian Independence day as Black Day

Posted by Admin on August 6, 2009


kashmir5885LONDON, Aug 5 (APP)- The British Kashmiris will observe August 15 India’s Independence Day as a Black day by staging rally outside the Indian diplomatic mission.The call made by All Parties International Kashmir Coordination Committee has been endorsed by the Advisory Council of Kashmir Centre London which has appealed to all British Kashmiris to make it successful and participate in greater numbers.

“This symbolic protest is being staged for continued denial of rights and fundamental freedoms to the people of Jammu and Kashmir living under Indian occupation,” a statement said.

Prof. Nazir Ahmed Shawl, Director, Kashmir Centre, said on this day the continued detention of Kashmiri leaders will also be highlighted and memorandum on behalf of British Kashmiris handed over to Indian High commission in Central London.

He also expressed great concern on the deteriorating health of prominent Kashmir leaders Sayed Ali Geelani and Shabbir Ahmed Shah under house arrest in Srinagar. AP

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West Bengal: Maoists Killed Police informer in Belpahari

Posted by Admin on August 6, 2009


06lal1.jpgA poster left behind by the Maoists at Chilgora village that says: “He (Ramshankar Adhikary) was given the death sentence for being a police informer.” Another poster said: “Action to counter the operation by the joint forces (in Lalgarh) will continue”

Midnapore, Aug. 5: Maoists have killed two olice informers in two West Midnapore strongholds the rebels fear are slipping out of their grip because of their focus on Lalgarh.

Sources close to the Maoists, who claimed responsibility for the murders in Belpahari and the Kotwali areas last night, said the rebels had found many of their sympathisers driven out of both these zones.

Twenty-four people, mostly CPM leaders and supporters, have killed by the Maoists since the joint forces took control of Lalgarh in late June.

With the joint forces surrounding Lalgarh, many rebel leaders are now moving back to Belpahari, only to find their support ebb away following a flushout operation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Orissa: Maoists oppose Liquor Manufacturing unit in Gajapathi District

Posted by Admin on August 6, 2009


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;Statesman News Service
PARALAKHEMUNDI, 5 AUG: Posters and pamphlets warning the liquor manufacturing unit owners have been found near the Uppalad village, thereby putting pressure on the administration who have allowed the opening of the unit despite objections and protests.

In fact Uppalad village was the hot bed for Naxal activities in Gajapati district a decade ago and two constables had been killed in a attack carried out by the radicals. The Naxalites had also killed in broad day light one of their cadres who had become a police informer, and this had marked the advent of Naxalism in Gajapati .

But over the last few years, the Left wing extremists appeared to have abandoned the area and shifted to Mohona block. Locals apprehend that the anti-liquor movement and inaction by police may provide the scope for Naxals to return to Uppalad area.

The government had planned to start a country liquor manufacturing unit here as per their new excise policy, but persistent objections by locals had delayed the proposed project.
The licensee of the liquor unit had moved the law court and obtained orders prompting the district administration to allow the opening which again faced resistance.

Interestingly, the latest posters and pamplets are in Telugu and they warned the owner to close the unit of face dire consequences. The Statesman

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Lalgarh:Police Barracks plan hits a hurdle as villagers oppose construction work

Posted by Admin on August 6, 2009


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KOLKATA, 5 AUG: The initiative taken by the state public health engineering department to set up police barracks in Lalgarh has hit a major hurdle as Police Santras Birodhi Public Committee (PSBPBC) supporters obstructed the construction work.

According to senior officials of the state public health engineering department, PSBPC supporters often hurled bombs and threatened the local labourers while they worked on the construction at night. They even demanded money from the engineers and told them that they would not be allowed to carry on with the job if they do not comply.

The labourers were also threatened. As a result most of the labourers are reluctant to work in the trouble-torn area.

The plan to construct the barracks was mooted after it was found that police officers posted in various areas in Lalgarh were not getting basic amenities to sustain themselves. They had to camp in schools which again had led to further agitation as students were missing their classes. Read the rest of this entry »

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