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Archive for August 9th, 2009

Bangladesh: Tipaimukh dam protesters begin march to Indian border

Posted by Admin on August 9, 2009


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Dhaka, Aug 9 (IANS) A ‘long-march’ to protest the proposed Tipaimukh dam project in India has been kicked off in the Bangladeshi capital. The marchers are headed to Sylhet in northeastern Bangladesh and then on to the Indian border, a media report said Sunday.

The ‘long march’ was flagged off Saturday and should reach Sylhet, located 272 km northeast of Dhaka, by Tuesday. The district borders India’s Assam and Meghalaya states.

‘It was announced at the rally that after reaching Sylhet, the participants would march on towards the border with India,’ The Daily Star reported Sunday.

Different groups have been protesting India’s plans to build a dam on Barak river at Tipaimukh in Manipur state.

Members of the Tipaimukh Bandh Protirodh Committee and Sylhet Bibhag Unnayan Sangram Parishad began their march from the capital’s Central Shaheed Minar, the national martyrs’ memorial, after a rally. Read the rest of this entry »

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Revocation of Armed Forces Special Power Act demanded

Posted by Admin on August 9, 2009


SharmillaDimapur, August 8 (MExN): More than 5000 people and the party workers from various districts of Manipur state participated in the one day political mass awareness programme organised by the People’s Democratic Alliance, Ukhrul on August 5. The gathering condemned the deployment of IRB and Commandos in the peace zone of the hill districts of Manipur. It was stated in a press note issued by the publicity and information section of PDA Ukhrul that “the militarism of Arm Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) is demanded for revocation.”

“While retrospecting the history of the 20 years suspension of Autonomous District Council in the hill districts is tantamount to discrimination and unequal distribution of hill districts share. Hence, all hill districts of Manipur are lagging very far behind from developing comparing other states of India in general and North East in particular owing to mere handicraft of centralization of Manipur Government,” the note added.

Considering the present ‘hotch potch’ political scenario of Manipur, the state president M. Maringa claimed, “after a long struggle to protect our tribal’s rights and worth mention the Forest Rights Act, 2006, there is no Khasland in the tribal lands and forest in the hill districts of Manipur. The intellectuals, social workers lately set up the Regional People’s Democratic alliance (PDA) with the objective in mind to protect safeguard and ensure proper management of the lands, forest and mineral resources of the hill people of Manipur”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Orissa: Villagers oppose Cobra Battalion on University land

Posted by Admin on August 9, 2009


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KORAPUT: Even as the State Government is in a haste to establish Cobra Battalion in Koraput, the district administration has failed to initiate construction work of the battalion near Rajuput village after villagers opposed it on Friday.

About 23 villages are opposing the construction of the battalion on the Orissa University of Agriculture Technology (OUAT) land which was acquired 40 years back from the villagers for agricultural purpose. As the land lay unutilised the government decided to establish a Cobra battalion on it to combat Naxal moment in the region.

The villagers however claimed that the land was given to OUAT to develop the agricultural sector in the region. Kamlu Pangi, a villager, said they will not allow establishment of the battalion at the site at any cost. ‘’We would not hesitate to allow the land for setting up the proposed Central University, medical or engineering college wing near their village’’, he added.

The villagers have been agitating for the past few months against establishment of the proposed battalion near their villages. After arresting an anti Cobra battalion leader Trilochan Muduli last month and releasing him from custody, the district administration managed to convince a section of the villagers to establish the battalion. Simultaneously the administration has promised to provide drinking water, communication and electricity facilities including employment opportunities to locals during construction. Similarly the police administration had promised to impart three months pre-training to local youths to qualify in the tests conducted for the battalion.

After an agreement with the leaders, the administration laid a foundation stone on August 4 amidst protests from a section of the tribal villagers on Friday. They forcibly stopped construction work and took away the construction equipment from the area. The district Collector and SP are likely to pay a visit to the villages on Monday to convince the protestors.

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Bihar: Political prisoners go on indefinite hunger strike against torture

Posted by Admin on August 9, 2009


stop_repression_free_all_political_prisonersPATNA: The inmates in all the state prisons will sit on a day fast on August 15 in support of the continuing fast unto death by top Maoist leader Pramod Mishra in Buxar Central jail. The call for the symbolic fast has been given by the Rajnitik Bandi Rihayee Samiti.

Samiti convener and former MLA Ramadhar Singh, who is also the national secretary of the Committee for Release of Political Prisoners, alleged torture of Mishra and other political prisoners by the jail authorities and warned if anything happened to them and if Mishra died in course of his fast the entire responsibility would be on the top prison authorities.

He said Mishra and his two associates — Nepali Yadav and Subedar Yadav — were lodged in Aurangabad district jail where they raised voice against the irregularities and corruption in jail. The jail officials tortured them and later shifted the three to Buxar Central Jail.

But, he alleged, there too they were subjected to physical torture and instead of listening to their grievances they were locked up in cells. “Mishra is undergoing fast unto death and instead of urging him to end his fast, the jail officials are torturing him in his cell,” said Singh.

The Samiti said if the symbolic fast will not succeed in forcing the jail authorities to mend their ways, adopt humanitarian methods and adhere to jail manual, then call will be given for an indefinite fast in all the jails.

Singh alleged that in all the jails in Bihar, corruption, irregularities, loot, repression and torture is going on unabated and the jail administration runs its own law. He said prisoners die regularly in absence of medicare and other facilities provided under the jail administration TOI

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Al Jazeera: Indian Police Atrocities………..

Posted by Admin on August 9, 2009


02_repression_sizedIndia ‘police abuses’ condemned

India’s police force has been accused of extrajudicial killings, torture and carrying out illegal detentions, human rights campaigners have said.

“India’s status as the world’s largest democracy is undermined by a police force that thinks it is above the law,” Brad Adams, Asia Director of Human Rights Watch (HRW), said on Tuesday.

“The police continue to use their old methods: abuse and threats … It’s time for the government to stop talking about reform and fix the system.”

A report – titled Broken System: Dysfunction, Abuse and Impunity in the Indian Police -collated from interviews with 60 alleged victims and about 80 police officers of various ranks detailed various abuses. Read the rest of this entry »

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