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Archive for October 2nd, 2009

CPI Maoist calls for all India bandh tomorrow

Posted by Admin on October 2, 2009


Revolutionary poet “Gaddar” can be seen at a program organized by Cultural Program in Andhra Pradesh

Revolutionary poet “Gaddar” can be seen at a program organized by Cultural Program in Andhra Pradesh

New Delhi, Oct. 2 : The Maoists are showing no signs of relenting or backing off from their campaign to secure the release of their key leaders Kobad Ghandy and Chakradhar Mahato.

The Maoists have said that they intend to disrupt normal life in other states where they have a presence.

In a statement that they have issued recently, they indicated that they plan to organize another shutdown on October 3 in protest against anti-Naxal operations launched across the country.

The shutdown call has been given by the CPI-Maoist in protest against anti-Naxal operations in seven States, lack of treatment to Kobad Ghandy, a Politburo Member of the CPI-Maoist arrested recently in Delhi, and the arrest of Chhatradhar Mahato, leader of People’s Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA) spearheading the Lalgarh agitation in West Bengal. Read the rest of this entry »

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CPI (ML)-Liberation demands release of tribal leader Chhatradhar Mahato

Posted by Admin on October 2, 2009


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Kolkata, Oct 2 (ANI): Demanding the immediate release of Chhatradhar Mahato, an elusive tribal leader of a Maoist backed outfit, supporters of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist)-Liberation, took to the streets here on Thursday.

Carrying banners and placards, CPI (ML)-L activists and supporters torched effigies of Home Minister P. Chidambaram and State Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.

“Chidambaram has given a fascist call that everybody who supports the movements of the peasantry, movement of tribal people, they will be arrested under UPA (Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act). This is nothing but an undeclared emergency. Chhatradhar Mahato is the leader of the people’’s movement. And without any dialogue he has been arrested under the guise of the journalist and this is heinous act on the part of the administration. We condemn it and demand immediate release of Mahato,” said, Partha Ghosh, state secretary, CPI (M-L). Read the rest of this entry »

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Lalgarh: The Pawn In A Dangerous Game

Posted by Admin on October 2, 2009


From Tehelka Magazine, Vol 6, Issue 40, Dated October 10, 2009

Chhatradhar Mahato could have played Lalgarh’s peace broker. Now his arrest may fuelmoreviolence. TUSHA MITTAL & SUMAN BHATTACHARYA report

image Negotiator Mahato (seated at right) with Bengal’s intelligentsia in Lalgarh in 2008
Photo: PINTU PRADHAN

AROUND 20 KM from Lalgarh, the battle lines are clearly drawn. It is March 2009 and thousands of adivasis are assembled outside a remote village called Saranga in West Bengal’s West Midnapore district. They are facing an enormous contingent of policemen with guns and riot shields at the ready. If the tribals dare march any further, the police will fire.

Days earlier, the adivasis were scheduled to hold an organised peaceful rally in Saranga village. The police imposed Section 144 and arbitrarily arrested several tribals. Now, the tribals have organised themselves again. They want to march into the village to assert their rights, but the police will allow no such freedoms.

Just when the mass begins to get impatient and unruly, a thin spectacled man emerges on top of a cycle van. In a three-minute speech he tells the tribal community that they must continue to fight for their rights – but not today. Going ahead will only mean more bloodshed for their own kin. At this moment, they must avoid the impending confrontation. “Let us march back in a disciplined manner,” he says. Within minutes, the masses begin the long trek back to their huts and fields. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lalgarh: PCPA members on bail due to lack of evidence

Posted by Admin on October 2, 2009


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KOLKATA, 1 OCT: In what appears to be an example of how the police often go overboard without adequate evidence to back them up, the additional chief judicial magistrate of the Jhargram court granted bail to four suspected Police Santrash Birodhi Public Committee (PSBPC) members yesterday after police failed to produce “materials on record” to justify charges brought against the accused under non-bailable sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Arms Act, 1959.

The four suspected PSBPC members ~ Susanto Mullick, Sahadeb Sardar, Sheikh Dil Bahar and Anil Hasda ~ were arrested from Biridanga near Binpur in West Midnapore, on Monday for allegedly torching a private bus. All are residents of Binpur. Charges under Section 307 (attempt to murder) of IPC and Sections 25 (possession of any unlicensed arms and ammunition) and 27 (use of any unlicensed arms or ammunition) of Arms Act 1959 ~ all non-bailable offences ~ were levelled against them. This apart, charges under sections 147 (punishment for rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (unlawful assembly), 435 (mischief by fire or any explosive substance) were also brought against them. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tribal leader Chhattradhar Mahato’s police custody extended

Posted by Admin on October 2, 2009


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Chhatradhar Mahato

Mahato remanded in police custody

;Statesman News Service

MIDNAPORE/KOLKATA, 1 OCT: Police Santras Birodhi Public Committee (PSBPC) leader, Chhatradhar Mahato, was remanded in police custody for seven days by the Jhargram additional chief judicial magistrate, Md Rezza, today.
Mahato, along with three other PSBPC activists (Sambhu Soren, Ranjit Murmu and Sukhen Murmu) was produced in court in connection with the Lalgarh police station case number ~ 161-09, dated 26 September, 2009.

They were charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). Mahato was earlier remanded in police custody for five days after being produced in court on 27 September.

After producing the accused before the court, it was submitted that the four were also wanted in nine other cases. A prayer for showing them arrested in the other cases was submitted to the magistrate, which was granted. The magistrate granted them bail in seven cases and rejected their bail pleas in the remaining two cases, for allegedly waging a war against the state, rioting and kidnapping a CPI-M activist and looting some CPI-M leaders’ houses. Read the rest of this entry »

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Manipur: Aftershocks Of A Daylight Murder

Posted by Admin on October 2, 2009


imageFrom Tehelka Magazine, Vol 6, Issue 40, Dated October 10, 2009

Social activists and innocents are the latest targets in Manipur’s unending cycle of repression. DIVYA GUPTA reports

Pandora’s Box Sanjit’s killing created a public outcry but has also fuelled state repression in Manipur

EVER SINCE TEHELKA’S damning expose of 27- year-old Chongkham Sanjit’s fake encounter killing two months ago, Manipur has been bubbling over with fear and violence. Waves of demonstrations have rocked the state under the banner of “BT Road Agitation” – indicating the name of the road where the Manipur Police Commandos shot Sanjit dead, killed a pregnant passerby, Rabina Devi, and injured five others. Daily news reports pour in of more fake encounters “rocking” Manipur, jawans killed in an ambush, the government’s plans to set up more police stations, the opposition demanding President’s rule and protests “halting” academics and life in the state. Several militant and civil society organisations have demanded that Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh should resign. Violence on all sides continues unabated. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dangerous Deception

Posted by Admin on October 2, 2009


Are any means justified to capture people hiding from the law?

SEVANTI NINAN image Illustration: ANAND NAOREM

JOURNALISTS IN India and elsewhere have masqueraded as defence equipment agents and political party researchers (TEHELKA), representatives of a small manufacturers’ association (Cobrapost), a student (India Live), beggars (The West Australian), and as police (Arab News). The issue is one of using deception to get information. Not that different in theory from the practice increasingly adopted by investigators and policemen the world over of posing as journalists to gain access to those eluding the law. Why, then, are we jolted when we find others impersonating us to achieve a professional goal?

What happened in West Bengal last weekend is rare enough here to seem like a first for India. If you were a journalist reading that news item on the morning of 27 September, the sentence leapt out at you. When the state police arrested Chhatradar Mahato at Lalgarh on September 26, they did so by pretending to be journalists. Mahato is the leader of the People’s Committee against Police Atrocities and became a wanted man during the Lalgarh siege.

Asked to help, local journalists led the impersonators (who posed as journalists from Singapore) to their quarry. They turned out to be policemen who had been working under this cover for two months. Read the rest of this entry »

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