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Archive for September 13th, 2009

Bhutan Maoists-North East rebels nexus: India, Bhutan for joint fight

Posted by Admin on September 13, 2009


BhutanWith the alleged nexus between Maoist groups of Bhutan and militants in northeast India coming to the fore, the two countries have pledged for a joint fight in securing their borders besides stationing more guards at the frontiers.

At the 6th Indo-Bhutan Border Meeting, Bhutan Home Secretary Penden Wangchuk expressed concern over reports that insurgents groups are being trained in the northeastern states of Manipur and Nagaland.

“If militants are trained, they can be a threat to Bhutan, because it’s mutual as threat to Bhutan comes from Indian insurgent groups flushed out from Bhutanese soil in2003,” he said.

“The insurgents are linked to Maoists and militants of eastern Nepal and they can pose a threat to security,” Mr. Wangchuk was quoted as saying by state-run newspaper Kuensel.

A member of the Indian delegation said there were links between the Communist Party of Bhutan and northeast rebel groups like ULFA, NDFB and KLO.

The two sides viewed these groups as a threat to the peace, security and tranquillity and discussed measures like strengthening and deployment of Bhutanese security forces, as well as SSB forces, along the borders. Read the rest of this entry »

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Gujarat: Dalit students protest against manual scavenging

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Ahmedabad : A huge number of Dalit students marched through the city roads on Monday. They were protesting against manual scavenging which is still practised in Gujarat. The rally started from Vadaj and ended at Gandhi Ashram, where a public hearing was held.

The students, who study in government schools are still being forced to clean toilets in their schools. Bhagwati Parmar, 13, a resident of Paliyad village in Botad taluka of Bhavnagar said, "I dropped out of school in 2004 when I was in class III and would go along with my father to dump garbage. But, now I live with my mother after my father died of kidney ailment. We live in utter poor conditions and so I have to go to clean or sweep when someone asks me to do so. I still go to Darbargadh for cleaning work, 2 to 3 times a month and also collect trash from the roads with other girls. For this, I get Rs 5 to Rs 15 with which we buy milk to make tea. It is necessary to make ends meet."

Gautam Dodiya, 15, who lives in Dhoda village in Umrala taluka of Bhavnagar district said, "I stay with my mother after my father’s death, he was an alcoholic. I studied till class V and then left school because I was asked to clean urinals and toilets there. But, to earn a living I still go once a month to clean soak pit and I get Rs 200."

Similarly, Bharatkumar Chandubhai, 13, who lives in Aslali village in Matar taluka of Kheda district said, "I study in a government school in my village. Even I faced the wroth of being a Dalit. I am told to clean up urinals in my school once a week."

"Manual scavenging is a forced caste-based occupation where more than 1.3 million people in the country are affected by this practice," said Manjula Pradip trustee of Navsarjan trust.

Dalit children, mainly whose parents are scavengers, are forced to do menial works like cleaning toilets and classrooms and they are also discriminated in schools, she alleged.

The students, who took part in the rally accused school authorities of forcing them to clean rubbish. "Scavenging has been outlawed in the country but it is still practised in a developed state like Gujarat," said Martin Macwan, a social activist, alleged. TOI

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UP Dalit murder: Locals protest, say postmortem ‘manipulated’

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Allahabad A day after a Dalit man was allegedly beaten to death by Kaushambi police, the residents of Rajapur kept the victim’s body on the road and blocked the Lucknow route at traffic crossing on Thursday evening.

They alleged that the postmortem report of the victim, Nand Lal Pasi, has been manipulated. “There were several external injury marks yesterday on Nand Lal’s body. Today, the postmortem report suggests that there is no internal or external injury,” said Nand Lal’s brother-in-law Munshi Lal, who was with him when the incident unfolded. He, however, managed to escape.

“How can Nand Lal die without any injury or illness? This smacks of a deep conspiracy to hush up the matter in order to save their skin,” he added.

In the hour long blockade, the residents urged Chief Minister Mayawati to take the matter seriously and direct the police officers to arrest the accused police personnel. They suspended the agitation after the district administration assured that a fair inquiry would be conducted.

The state Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi, meanwhile, met Nand Lal’s family members.

Lambasting Mayawati, Joshi said: “It’s a blot on a Dalit chief minister. A Dalit is openly beaten to death by the police and the administration is involved in hushing up the matter. Even women are not safe under her administration.” She met the deputy inspector general of police and demanded a judicial inquiry into the incident.

On Wednesday late night, the Superintendent of Police of Kaushambi district, RK Bhardwaj, suspended Sub-Inspector Sail Kumar Singh and three constables, accused of Nand Lal’s murder.

On the instruction of the Inspector General of Police SK Shukla, an FIR was lodged against the suspended police officers under Section 302 (murder) of IPC. The postmortem report, however, did not specify the cause of the death. The report suggests that Nand Lal was in an inebriated state.

The condition of Sub-Inspector Brij Bali Tiwari, who sustained serious injuries when the locals thrashed him, is said to be critical.

On Wednesday late night, Nand Lal and his brother-in-law Munshi Lal was stopped by the Pipari police who asked for the registration papers of the bike. The policemen allegedly demanded money, but when Nand Lal refused to pay, they dragged the two men to the nearby Makdoompur police outpost and thrashed Nand Lal with rifle butts and sticks.IE

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Centenary of Madan Lal Dhingra’s Martyrdom

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Madanlal dhingraMainstream, Vol XLVII, No 39, September 12, 2009

Saturday 12 September 2009, by Chaman Lal

Madan Lal Dhingra is perhaps the first Indian freedom fighter, who was executed in London on August 17, 1909. But it is strange that no one in public or the government has thought of comme-morating the event. A brief life-sketch of Madan Lal Dhingra is being given here to draw attention towards his martyrdom, a century ago, for the freedom of the country.

Madan Lal Dhingra was born on February 18, 1883 at Amritsar in a very rich family. His father, Dr Ditta Mal, retired as the Government Civil Surgeon and had twentyone houses in Katra Sher Singh and six bunglaws on G.T. Road. Dr Ditta Mal had shifted from his village Sahiwal in Sargodha district, now in Pakistan, in 1850 and he held 10 bighas land and a haveli in his ancestral village. He was a Rai Saheb title holder from the British Government. He had six buggies and his car ran on Amritsar roads—he was the first Indian to have this privilege in the city. He had seven sons and one daughter. Three of his sons were trained medical doctors and three were Barristers. One of his brothers, Dr Bihari Lal Dhingra, was notorious as the Prime Minister of Jind state for his cruelties on people. It was in such a family that a rebellious son was born; he did physical labour while doing his B.Sc. from Lahore, where he was influenced by the Pagdi Sambhal Jatta movement of Lala Lajpat Rai and Ajit Singh, the uncle of Bhagat Singh. Read the rest of this entry »

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Orissa: Rail staff freed, with rider

Posted by Admin on September 13, 2009


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Jamshedpur/Bhubanes-war, Sept. 12: Ordeal of the five railway employees, who were abducted by CPI(Maoist) from Topadih station in Orissa’s Sundergarh district, ended after they were released late last evening somewhere in the forest bordering Jharkhand and Orissa.

The Maoists may have released them, but sent word they were issuing a 15-day ultimatum to Orissa police to release 30 villagers from their custody, failing which they would again abduct the five railwaymen, other railway employees and Orissa police personnel to be tried at a jan adalat.

The RPF’s Bondamunda unit reached Rengra station in Sundergarh district today and escorted the railwaymen — senior station master Netrananda Majhi, assistant station master Upendra Kumar and porters Mohammed Taz, S.C. Majhi and R.N. Mohanto — to their respective homes.

However, there were conflicting reports on the place of their release.

While sources said the Maoists released the abducted railway employees in the jungles near Baljore Kadamtoli village in Sundergarh, Rourkela superintendent of police Diptesh Patnaik said the Maoists had released them in dense forest near Kiriburu in Jharkhand. Read the rest of this entry »

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Red fury put cops are at tizzy in Orissa

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Nepal Maoist flagsBhubaneswar ( Orissa) : Security forces, those who are preparing for a final offensive against the People’s Liberation Guerilla Army of the outlawed CPI (Maoists) in dense Saranda Forest areas from mid of this month, will have to rethink their strategies following Red outrage in Orissa’s Sundargarh district.

Though, security forces of Orissa, West Bengal and Jharkhand were earlier believed Muppala Laxman Rao alias Ganapathi and his men would wiped out from Saranda jungle during Operation Saranda , recent violence and outrage in bordering areas, have spoilsport all the game plan.

“While the police of Keonjhar and Sundergarh districts, which hosts a part of Saranda forest, will participate directly in the operation, Purulia and West Midnapore police will help block Maoist escape routes,” sources added. “With report of Red outrage in Sundargarh, security forces are worried a lot,” an intelligence official disclosed on Friday. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chopper talk amid search for hostages – Helipads coming up in Palamau, Chatra

Posted by Admin on September 13, 2009


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Saranda forest

Ranchi, Sept. 11: Jharkhand will soon initiate a pilot project to build helipads at police stations in Palamau and Chatra districts to regain strategic advantage in the fight against Maoists who have so far managed to use the region’s dense forests and hills to their advantage.

“The helipads will be used for anti-Maoist operations,” director-general of police (DGP) V.D. Ram told The Telegraph, indicating that once ready, the helipads would help in the movement of security forces.

Police officers point out it was extremely difficult to move about in the deep forests as Maoists had riddled it with landmines. The geographical terrain of both the districts, they said, put the extremists at a distinct advantage which the helipads would ultimately negate, adding the state could well plan more such helipads in other districts.

There are 15 police stations in Palamau and 13 in Chatra. Read the rest of this entry »

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Harbhajan Singh Sohi-A Tribute (Died on June 15th 2009)

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harbhajan-sohiHarsh Thakor

Introduction

The revered Comrade was an outstanding architect in the development of the massline.The Political line formulated by Com.Harbhajan Singh Sohi displayed outstanding polemical understanding on the International Line, the handling of mass organizations and it’s relationship with the party,. the nationality question and the correct work method within the trade Union Movement..I am not a member or suppporter of any organisation that Com.Harbhajan Singh Sohi belonged to,but an admirer as a Maoist Historian. Overall Theoretically Com Harbhajan Singh Sohi was sounder than any comrade in the last 3 decades ,being an outstanding polemicst.On the International level this trend rejects the erroneous trend of ‘Maoism ‘ in place of Mao Tse Tung Thought and at the internal level struggles in developing a mass agrarian revolutionary line,even if it has not yet developed a mass line yet. A mass military line has not been developed even if strong attempts were made.This was particularly relevant where strong movementsof tribals and peasants were developed .Eg.Bihar,Orissa or Andhra Pradesh.

Ido not uphold the Communist Party Re-Organisation Centre of India(Marxist –Leninist),Centre of Communist Revolutionaries of India(C.C R.I.) or the earlier Unity Centre of Communist Revolutionaries of India(U.C.C.R.I.(M.l) )as proponents of the mass revolutionary line in totality. One can question whether armed struggle could have been developed in areas like Bihar,Andhra Pradesh,Dandkaranya.Orissa Etc. However even if not totally agreeing with the deferring of armed Struggle,the author sees a very valid contribution and theoretical.point made by organizations following The Nagi Reddy Line . Perhaps armed struggle could coincide with mass struggles. Read the rest of this entry »

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A disturbing trend of fake encounters

Posted by Admin on September 13, 2009


Ishrath jahanThe New Indian Express

When Ishrat Jahan was killed in a hail of police bullets in Ahmedabad on June 15, 2004, along with three others, few suspected they were anything but terrorists planning to murder Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi. Ahmedabad Metropolitan Magistrate S P Tamang believes otherwise. In his report of September 8 he says clearly that the killing was ‘staged’ by the police with an eye on ‘promotions’. The report names then police commissioner K R Kaushik and D G Vanzara, the DIG who is already in prison over the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter in which three people were killed. It is chilling to note that the Ishrat encounter has been described as motivated by a desire to ‘flatter’ the CM.

Extra-judicial killings are not new in India. But the proliferation of Dirty Harry(s) in every part of the country is reason for everyone to be worried. ‘Encounter’ and custodial deaths seem to be increasing, the latest being in Chennai, where A Lakshmanan died in a lock-up after alleged third-degree interrogation. Few people have heard of Sanjit (killed in Manipur last July), Abdul Rehman (2007), Sohrabuddin Sheikh (2007), Manorama Devi (2004), Sadiq Jamal (2003) and Sameer Khan Pathan (2002).

Their deaths were a clear violation of human rights. In light of this, the dangers of the anti-terror bill passed by the Modi government, which makes confession made before a police officer admissible in a court, become dismayingly obvious. The statement by Justice (Retd) C Upendra Singh last Saturday that extra-judicial killings are a reality add weight to the concerns. Read the rest of this entry »

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