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Archive for August 29th, 2009

Rally In Kolkata Against State Repression in Lalgarh

Posted by Admin on August 29, 2009


Source: Red Barricade

For more than three week, Red Barricade has not been able to report on Lalgarh. Meanwhile as state repression is showing its brutal faces, like destruction of health centres constructed and run by People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA), abduction of two supporters of PCAPA, who were going to Lalgarh with medical help and medicines, people’s resistance is taking more concrete shape. Disobeying section 144 in the Indian Penal code, people of Lalgarh under the banner of PCAPA in regular basis organizes mass rally. Huge participation of people in those rallies proves that the people of Lalgarh demand immediate withdrawal of combined armed forces from Lalgarh and stop the ongoing state repression.

In support of the popular demands of PCAPA and to stop the state repression in Jungalmahal including Lalgarh, today (29 August, 2009) a rally was organized by Lalgarh Mancha (Lalgarh Forum) in Kolkata. Starting from College Square it ended at Esplanade passing through M. G. Road, A. J. C. Bose Road and S. N. Banerjee Rad. People from different strata of the society including workers, students and intellectuals have taken the streets in demand of immediate withdrawal of combined armed forces from Lalgarh. Slogans were shouted demanding immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners and abolition of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). In the rally participation of workers and All Santhals Students Association (ASSA), a students organization of Santhals (a tribal students organization) was note-worthy. Sanhati Udyoug, IFTU, Gana Pratirodh Mancha (W.B.) also participated.

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Anti-Maoist Ops: How can the army help

Posted by Admin on August 29, 2009


An activist of Maoist rebel group shouting slogans while leading a procession of tribal villagers to pay tribute to their activist killed in confrontation with security forces to mark ‘Martyr’s-Week’ at an unidentified place inside the deep forests in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh

An activist of Maoist rebel group shouting slogans while leading a procession of tribal villagers to pay tribute to their activist killed in confrontation with security forces to mark ‘Martyr’s-Week’ at an unidentified place inside the deep forests in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh

…the state in fighting the naxals?

Most observers contend that the expertise earned by the Indian army in over five decades of counterinsurgency operations is not being utilised by the Indian state in its operations against Naxals. So how can the army practically help Indian government in fighting the naxals?

The most obvious — yet most difficult — way is to bring the army or the Rashtriya Rifles units directly into this fight. The government is reticent to do so for valid political reasons, and the army seems to be equally reluctant to get embroiled in another internal security battle. The portrayal of Naxals as misguided youths fighting discrimination — who have been midwifed by gross underdevelopment and state apathy — makes it extremely difficult for the government to deploy army or RR units against them.The ensuing uproar from the liberals and the leftist media against the disproportionate retaliation by the state is likely to embarrass the government; it would be an unmitigated public relations disaster for the ruling formation. The government is also perhaps correct in appraising that the nation doesn’t yet believe — and is not prepared for the eventuality — that army needs to be moved in against the naxals. Moreover, pushing for army deployment at this stage would actually prove that UPA 1.0 was an unmitigated disaster in assessing and tackling the naxal threat. Any acceptance of this brutal fact would obviously be an anathema to the Prime Minister and the Congress party. Read More>>>

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‘Half Of The Last 16 Chief Justices Were Corrupt’

Posted by Admin on August 29, 2009


The decision to declare assets is a big victory. Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan tells SHOMA CHAUDHURY what else is rotting in our judiciaryimage
In public interest Prashant Bhushan has championed the fight for judicial accountability
Photo: SHAILENDRA PANDEY

It’s great judges have agreed to declare assets. But will it really help? Politicians do it too.
This decision is very welcome, even if it’s only happened under public pressure. It is proof of the power of public opinion. And even though declaring assets is a relatively minor aspect of judicial accountability, it will help. If a judge misdeclares his assets, there’s a chance someone might know he has particular properties he hasn’t declared, and may point it out. One could then examine if these can be explained within their legal income.

The debate around judicial accountability has got really hot. Are there watershed events that triggered this?
Not in my own perception, but I think for the public there were two watershed events – the Chief Justice Sabharwal case (where there was an allegation that Chief Justice YS Sabharwal’s orders to demolish commercial outlets in Delhi directly benefited his sons, who were partners with some mall developers) and the Ghaziabad Provident Fund scam. Both these cases got wide media attention. A 2006 Transparency International report said the judiciary in India is the second most corrupt institution after the police. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kidnappers In Khaki

Posted by Admin on August 29, 2009


Manipur’s security forces detain an 11-year-old girl to force her parents out of hiding. TERESA REHMAN reports on the insurgency’s latest victim
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Battlelines The unending clash between security forces and civilians in Manipur has ruined the fabric of the state Photo: SHAILENDRA PANDEY

FOUR DAYS after personnel from a combined team of the Imphal West Commandoes and 12th Maratha Light Infantry picked her up from her home in Imphal Mayang, 11-year-old Salam Bidyarani Devi lies listless at the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Imphal. Tended to by five aged women, Bidyarani complains of breathlessness, murmurs incoherently and stares into nothingness. She’s so afraid of strangers that she refuses to let the five women — one of whom is her grandmother — leave her bedside.

Bidyarani, a Class VI student of Immanuel Grace Academy in Nongmaikhong was picked up by security forces on August 14 when they came looking for her parents for allegedly harbouring militants and hiding their ammunition. Since her parents were not at home at the time of the incident, Bidyarani was taken to the Imphal Mayang police station and later admitted to a private clinic at night. She was released on August 18 after police arrested her parents. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lalgarh: 2 killed in Binpur clashes

Posted by Admin on August 29, 2009


Tit-for-tat murders in Maoist belt
OUR CORRESPONDENT

Midnapore, Aug. 28: A CPM supporter who had been try- ing to mobilise public opinion against a Maoist-backed bandh was gunned down in West Midnapore’s Binpur today and the father of a man who was allegedly among the attackers was lynched in retaliation.

Mangal Soren, 24, was tilling his land when five men on motorcycles called him and shot him from close. As Mangal slumped to the ground, they hacked him.

An axe flew out of the hand of one of the attackers and hit another farmer at a distance.

After the gang left, villagers put the two on a trekker and rushed them to hospital, but Mangal died on the way.

Sital Hembram, who survived the blow on his back, told villagers he saw a familiar face among the five and the residents of Ergoda village set out for the house of Chandan Mahato, a Jharkhand Party (Naren) supporter in neighbouring Guiara village.

In Chandan’s absence, the mob dragged out his father Biren Mahato, 63, hacked him with daggers and shot him.

Biren was declared dead in the same Jhargram Subdivisional Hospital where the Mangal had been taken.

Binpur, a traditional Maoist stronghold, is about 50km from Lalgarh town.

“We think Mangal’s murder was the handiwork of Maoists. We are probing whether any political party was involved,” said district police chief Manoj Verma.

CPM district secretariat member Dahareswar Sen said Mangal, an activist of the party youth wing, was targeted because he was trying to build opinion against the indefinite bandh called by the Maoist-backed People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities. The strike in West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia, has been called demanding withdrawal of security forces from Lalgarh.

“A section of the JKP (Naren) is working as the Maoist action squad,” Sen added.

The Maoists and the security forces were engaged in an encounter this evening in the Kantapahari forest, about 6km from Lalgarh town. However, no casualties were reported.

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