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Archive for August 22nd, 2009

Orissa: Anti POSCO leader Abhay shaoo released on conditional bail

Posted by Admin on August 22, 2009


Orissa High Court releases Anti POSCO leader Abhaya Shaoo on conditional bailReport by Amarnath Parida; Jagatsinghpur: Anti POSCO leader cum president of Posco Pratirodha Sangram Samiti Mr Abhaya Shaoo who had been languishing in jail since ten months has finally released on conditional bail in Orissa High Court bringing joy and happiness among the affected people for Posco steel project on Thursday.


PPSS leader Mr Abhaya Shaoo who had been spearheading Posco movement in Dhinkia panchyat since three years and took key role to paralyze the installation of Posco steel project was arrested by Paradip police on 2 th October in 2008 while he was returning to Dhinkia village with his son after spending Dusherra festival in Hyderabad. His son Abhijeet Shaoo had sought the intervention of chairperson, State Human Right Commission for releasing his father because police had arrested him on false case.


Kujang police registered 36 cases against Mr Shaoo for his involvement in kidnapping, illegal possession of arms, bomb explosion, and dacoit case, setting fire in houses, assault and humiliation to women, violence, and other criminal activities in proposed Posco areas. Out of 36 cases, 11 cases were pending in Orissa High Court and 25 cases at Judicial Magistrate First Class, Kujang . Earlier, he had released from jail 10 cases from High Court and 25 cases from JMFC while one case was pending at Orissa High Court. Read the rest of this entry »

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State Media Claim 6 Naxalites killed, VCA Gives the Real Story of State Brutality

Posted by Admin on August 22, 2009


six_naxalites.jpgUnofficial Translation

12 Aug 2009Navbharat

Amidst criticism of the lack of coordination among them, CRPF, district Police and STF, in a comprehensive campaign against naxalites, were able to successfully destroy a Naxalite camp in the border areas of Dantewada and Bijapur districts in South Bastar, and as a result killed six naxalites. Corpses of four of the naxalites have been recovered. However, owing to pouring rain, the other two corpses floated away in the water of a nearby canal and were lost. Included in these is the corpse of a female commander. During the operation, around half a dozen suspects were also apprehended. For the first time, a helicopter was used to detect the presence of Naxalites in this two day anti-Naxal operation. The forces covered a distance of 40 km on foot, and it is then they were able to achieve this spectacular success. This operation has been christened ‘Green Hunt‘. IG T.J. Langkumer has congratulated the soldiers who participated in this successful campaign. According to sources, this operation was launched in the 700 square kilometer forest reserve area of Bhairamgarh, which encompasses Bhasi, Bachaili, Kirandul, Bhairamgarh, Mirtur and in the hilly areas of the Gangalur station. This combined campaign included 12 companies of the CRPF.

Himanshu Kumar of Vanvasi Chetna Ashram comments on the above news item

Police claimed on 12th August that they had killed six dreaded naxalites in an encounter near Bhairamgarh reserve forest & they named it operation ‘Green Hunt’. According to the police sources, this operation included CRPF, dist police & STF of both Dantewada & Bijapur districts. Police sources further claimed that they had smashed a naxal camp. As per preliminary reports received from tribes of these villages, in fact these forces reached Vechapal village first to teach them a lesson for daring to speak a month back about burning& looting of their houses & rape, killing of their fellow villagers. This time these forces captured all the houses of Vechapal village & made holes in the walls to use them as bunkers. Forces stayed in the village for three days. All the tribals of the village fled the forest during the period. Police forces fired mortar grenades on fleeing tribals killing one boy Modu s/o Bhima. They caught two boys of Ettepad village while they were going to participate in a cock fight at Hurrepal village. They caught two more tribals of Kawadgaon. These forces also caught one women named Somali of village Tinenar and on 11th of August when these forces went back they killed all five people whom they had caught alive and killed them on the way back to the police station. They threw Somali’s dead body in a stream on the way near Cherli village. Villagers recovered her naked corpse, suspecting rape before she was killed.

We request a national level fact finding team to investigate into this matter & bring out the truth.

Himanshu Kumar
Dantewada- Chhattisgarh
9425260031

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‘We are fighting for our lives and our dignity’

Posted by Admin on August 22, 2009


peru_protest_ashanika_screenJohn Vidal 13 June 2009 The Guardian

Across the globe, as mining and oil firms race for dwindling resources, indigenous peoples are battling to defend their lands – often paying the ultimate price

It has been called the world’s second “oil war”, but the only similarity between Iraq and events in the jungles of northern Peru over the last few weeks has been the mismatch of force. On one side have been the police armed with automatic weapons, teargas, helicopter gunships and armoured cars. On the other are several thousand Awajun and Wambis Indians, many of them in war paint and armed with bows and arrows and spears.

In some of the worst violence seen in Peru in 20 years, the Indians this week warned Latin America what could happen if companies are given free access to the Amazonian forests to exploit an estimated 6bn barrels of oil and take as much timber they like. After months of peaceful protests, the police were ordered to use force to remove a road bock near Bagua Grande. Read the rest of this entry »

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Karnataka: Police open fire at ‘naxalites’ near Sringeri

Posted by Admin on August 22, 2009


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CHIKMAGALUR: The police fired at a group of suspected naxalites camping in the forests near Nemmar, about 8 km from Sringeri, at about 1.15 p.m. on Friday. Acting on specific information, the police conducted the raid.

The group fled and there is speculation that some members of the group might have been injured in the firing.The police have recovered 50 rounds of ammunition, two grenades, gelatine sticks and handbills from two tents at the spot.

According to sources, the group, which included women, could have had six members as six pairs of footwear were left behind by the departing group.

Combing intensified

The police intensified combing operations in the area in the past few days as the naxalites had become more daring and visited the houses of two farmers in the area in the past fortnight. Read the rest of this entry »

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Atrocities by Salwa Judum & Police, An article from Thehalka

Posted by Admin on August 22, 2009


imageHavoc And The Dogs Of War

Nothing but death is presaged in the tribal lands of Chhattisgarh, as the State launches a brutal civil war

HIMANSHU KUMAR
Gandhian Activist
Vicious cycle Police atrocities will push the tribal people to Naxals
Photo: AFP

VRECHHAPAL IS a village of 140 tribal families in the forests of south Chhattisgarh. Near this village, the state government has given “prospecting licenses” to the Tatas and the Essar Group to mine iron ore. In the last four years, the local police and the Salwa Judum, the police-backed tribal militia, have destroyed this village several times, but the villagers have returned each time to rebuild their lives. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lalgarh Mancha asks state to withdraw forces

Posted by Admin on August 22, 2009


adivasi-women-bengalKolkata Members of the Lalgarh Mancha, a body recently formed during the ongoing tension in the area, will submit a memorandum to Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi and Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee demanding the immediate withdrawal of forces from Lalgarh.

At a press meet on Friday, the Mancha alleged that the joint forces enter the villages, ransack the homes of innocent villagers on the pretext of searching for Maoists and sometimes even kill the villagers. The state and Union governments are responsible for their inability to curb the Maoist problem and mishandling the Lalgarh situation, the Mancha added.

“Instead of the armed intervention, the state government should sit with the members of the People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA) and find an amicable solution to the problem,” said Sujata Bhadra, a member of the Lalgarh Mancha and the Association for Protection of Democratic Rights. Read the rest of this entry »

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West Bengal & Jharkhand launch ‘Massive’ offensive against Maoists

Posted by Admin on August 22, 2009


Chakadoba_peopleOUR CORRESPONDENT

Midnapore, Aug. 21: Bengal and Jharkhand will soon launch a “massive” joint operation in the Maoist-hit areas of the two states, home secretary Ardhendu Sen said here today.

“We are working on launching a massive joint operation against the Maoists soon,” the Bengal official said after a meeting with West Midnapore district officials. “We are in constant touch with the neighbouring state on this,” he added.

Sen, who was present with chief secretary Asok Mohan Chakrabarti at the Prime Minister’s meeting with chief ministers in Delhi on Monday, was here to review the Lalgarh operation. Chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s statement, which was “tabled” at the meeting in his absence, had referred to the state’s keenness on the joint operation.

In the first week of August, such an offensive was discussed at a meeting here between Jharkhand director-general of police Vishnu Dayal Ram and top Bengal officers. Read the rest of this entry »

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