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Hello, Bastar — The Untold Story of India’s Maoist Movement By Rahul Pandita

Posted by Admin on June 19, 2011


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When Ganapathi and Kishenji took to Arms

 Hindustan Times

The following is an edited extract from the chapter, The Return of the Spring Thunder. Situated on the southern edge of the Adilabad district, Tappalpur appeared to be a quiet village. But a group of about a dozen men, who lay low outside a mansion on the evening of 25 September 1976, knew that it was not quite so. The village was ruled by the 65-year-old landlord GV Pithambar Rao, one-time MLA, who now devoted all his time to managing the affairs of his lands.

The Velama caste to which Rao belonged was known for its aversion to engaging in any form of productive work. In fact, there is a saying about the Velamas that even if burning coals land on their thighs, they would expect their bonded labourers to remove them instead of saving themselves.

Around that time, 14 per cent of Adilabad’s population was tribal, with Gonds constituting three-quarters of it. The district was also home to the Sringareni collieries, the biggest in south India. But only about six to seven per cent of their employees were tribals. Big industrial houses had business interests here in products such as coal and bamboo.

There was a lot of unrest among the landless poor, who were at one time landowners but had lost their land to money-lenders, who had come from Maharashtra and other parts of Andhra Pradesh. In many cases, the poor tribals had cleared large tracts of forest land for agriculture, after paying bribes to the revenue and forest officials.

Later, the same forest department officials began evacuating the tribals from the forest area, denying them even the little sustenance that came through cultivation.

It was in such circumstances, Naxalites allege, that rich landlords like Pithambar Rao made life even more difficult for the poor. Rao had been on the hit list of the Naxalites for some time — according to a rebel who was a part of the hit team — because of his alleged cruel ways of dealing with the poor peasants of Tappalpur.

The Naxalites accuse him of being drunk on money and political power, and of committing a number of atrocities including the raping of womenfolk. The Naxalites even go to the extent of saying that in those days no family would agree to a marriage alliance for their daughter from anyone in Tappalpur because of Rao’s reputation.

Apart from this, the Naxalites had another major axe to grind with Pithambar Rao. In 1972, two peasants, Bhumaiah and Kishta Goud were arrested for murdering a landlord in Adilabad, and were later sentenced to death. Civil rights groups had tried their best to save them from the gallows (even Sartre had demanded their release) but in the middle of the Emergency, on 1 December 1975, the two were hanged in the Mushirabad jail-becoming the first to be hanged in free India (after Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse). Read the rest of this entry »

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LIST OF POLICE KILLINGS IN DANDAKARANYA (From 10 Aug 2009) IN OPERATION GREEN HUNT

Posted by Admin on June 12, 2011



(Updated on June 1, 2011. Yet, it’s incomplete as we are still unable to record every incident of killing taking place almost on a daily basis. Some incidents of killings have completely gone unreported. Some people were abducted and their whereabouts were not revealed till now by police.)

SO, OUR STRAIGHT QUESTION IS WHY THIS HUE AND CRY OVER KILLINGS OF POLICE, SPO AND PARAMILITARY FORCES, WHO ACTUALLY ARE THE MERCILESS KILLERS OF INNOCENT ADIVASI PEOPLE?

AND WHY NOT ‘NO TEARS’ ON THESE LIVES LOST (GIVEN BELOW)?

DO ASK THE RULERS OF OUR COUNTRY WHO RECITE ‘DEMOCRACY’ AND ‘CONSTITUTION’ ON EVERY BREATH…

WHO HAD KILLED THESE PEOPLE AND WHY?

POLICE KILLINGS IN DANDAKARANYA (From 10 Aug 2009) IN OPERATION GREEN HUNT

Date

No. of People Killed

Name

Sex/Age

Native Village

Site of killing

Block/ District

How were they killed?

10-Aug-09

6

Oyam Sagar

M/30

Vecham

Between Oukyam and Vecham villages

Bijapur

All were caught and shot dead. Out of them the only girl Somli was our unarmed comrade. Rest were innocent peasants

Emla Pandru

M/25

Choukanpal

Hapka Lingu

M/25

Tati Lakmu

M/25

Etepadu

Tati Aitu

M/45

Karam Somli

F/16

Timmenar

13-Aug-09

2

Madkam Sannu

M/45

Keshmundi

Bhairamgarh/Bijapur

Killed in fake encounter

Podiyam Somdu

M/30

7-Sep-09

1

Kunjam Bhima

M

Duvvalkarka

Duvvalkarka

Dantewada

caught and shot dead

7-Sep-09

1

Madkam Raju

M/20

Timmenar

Bijapur

caught and shot dead

8-Sep-09

4

Sodi Sona

M/55

Gollagudem

Gollagudem

Dantewada

caught and shot dead but encounter not declared

Sodi Bheemal

M/45

Sodi Aite

F/25

Madivi Deval

M/50

13-Sep-09

1

Kavasi Sukram

M/25

Keskuttul

Bijapur

caught and shot dead

17-Sep-09

1

Madivi Deval

M/30

Singanmadugu

Singanmadugu

Dantewada

caught and killed in cold blood and not declared

17-Sep-09

5

Dudi Muye

F/70

Gachampally

Gachanpally

Dantewada

caught and killed in cold blood and not declared

Madivi Adamal

M/45

Madakam Chulal

M/45

Madivi Jogal

M/60

Madivi Gangal

M/70

beaten unto death and not declared

17-Sep-09

5

Paddem Deval

M/25

Gattampadu

Between Nallabelly and Gollapally villages

Dantewada

caught and killed in cold blood

Dudi Pojjal

M/15

Sodi Masal

M/20

Tuniki Sinnal

M/35

Palachelima

Sodi Shanesh

M/43

17-Sep-09

1

Dudi Adamal

M/35

Paidagudem

26-Sep-09

3

Kalmu Gangi

F/50

Poojarikanker

Between Poojarikanker and Gunjur villages

Bijapur

caught separately when they were working in fields and shot dead

M/

Gunjur

M/

22-Sep-09

2

Sukhram Koudo

M

Kosronda

Kosronda

Kanker

SPOs killed these persons and thrown away their deadbodies in same village Kosronda. They put a poster to paint it as a Maoist killing

Lachhan Dhurwa

M

1-Oct-09

12

Madivi Bajaru

M/40

Gompad

Gompad

Dantewada

Killed in indiscriminate firing and not declared

Soyam Subba

M/35

Madivi Yenka

M/50

Soyam Subba

M/20

Soyam Jogi

F/18

Kartam Kanni

F/23

Madivi Mutti

F/10

Madivi Deval

M/35

Gopalpuram (AP)

Kartam Mutta

M/40

Chintaguppa

Musaki Deva

M/

Kunadabba

Kunjam Arly

M/17

Velpocha

Musaki Muka

M/32

Nulkatongu

1-Oct-09

1

Muchaki Handa

M/40

Dabba

Dantewada

caught and shot dead

7-Oct-09

1

Madakam Raju

M/20

Timmenar

Kamulur

Bijapur

This student activist was caught and shot dead

13-Oct-09

1

Podiyam Somdu

M/45

Kutul lakka

Kutul lakka

Bijapur

caught and shot dead

17-Oct-09

2

Kovasi Sukram

M/45

Kankagudem

Kankagudem

Bijapur

caught and shot dead

Madkam Sannu

M/45

23-Oct-09

1

Shyambatti @ Batti

F/20

Gattakal

Anjreli

Narayanpur

Caught in Padangal village and taken to Narayanpur. Police tortured and killed in cold blood. Her body thrown away in Anjrelli village and declared as encounter

24-Oct-09

1

Madivi Ungal

M/20

Gundam

Pusubaka

Bijapur

caught and shot dead

24-Oct-09

2

Sodi Gangi

F/40

Pujarikanker

Pujarikanker

Bijapur

raped and killed

24-Oct-09

2

Musaki Kosa M/25

Gunjur

Gunjur

Bijapur

caught and shot dead

Sodi Unga M/22

8-Nov-09

1

Gandam Sukram

M/38

Nangalgudem

Dantewada

Killed and declared as road accident

8-Nov-09

2

Dirdo Madka

M/60

Kachlaram

Kachlaram

Bhopalpatnam/Bijapur

indiscriminately fired and killed

Kovasi Suklu

M/65

10-Nov-09

7

Madkam Hunga

M/45

Tettemadugu

Killed at two different places

Konta/Dantewada

caught and shot dead

Madkam Hidma

M/30

Dudhi Rajal

M/50

Kartam Aital

M/30

Doragudem

Madkam Badral

M/25

Dokpad

Vendo Mangdu

M/27

Madivi Jogal

M/35

Palodi

15-Nov-09

1

Mansu Dhurwa

M/14

Markanar

Near Koelibeda

Kanker

7th Class student of Koelibeda High School. Killed in cold blood and declared as an encounter

20-Nov-09

1

Madkam Deva

M/40

Burgum

Kuvakonda/Dantewada

Killed in fake encounter

24-Nov-09

2

Madivi Baman

M/11

Pangodi

Pangodi

Usur/Bijapur

These persons were father and son who were caught and shot dead

Madivi Sadhu

M/11

27-Nov-09

1

Madkam Mangu

M/25

Hiroli

Kuvakonda/Dantewada

3-Dec-09

1

Madivi Budhram

M

Korinjed

Kachlaram

Bhopalpatnam/Bijapur

caught and shot dead

11-Dec-09

7

Kunjam Hurra

M/18

Gumiyapal

Sammeli

Kuvakonda/Dantewada

caught when they were asleep and taken away to Kirandul. Next day shot dead at a nearby village

Madivi Joga

M/25

Barse Somdu

M/30

Midiyam Bhuma

M/35

Midiyam Sukka

M/17

Madivi Gutta

M/40

Tati Hidma

M/25

Aranpur

11-Dec-09

1

Sitaram Korram

M/

Toter

Toter

Narayanpur

dragged from his house and tortured and shot dead then declared him as deputy commander of the local squad

15-Dec-09

2

Veko Sombaru

M/30

Kotrapal

Kotrapal

Bhairamgarh/Bijapur

caught and shot dead

Madivi Motli

F/25

21-Dec-09

3

Suklu Mandavi

M

Odsapara

Bijapur

A 150-member killer gang of SPOs and Police came from Bangapal and Kosoli Camps and picked these people from their villages and shot them dead

Lachhu Poyam

M

Karkaveda

Kosa Mandavi

M

30-Dec-09

2

Punem Pandru

M/45

Vechapal

Vechapal

Bijapur

These persons were father and son who were caught and shot dead

Punem Motu

M/20

7-Jan-10

1

Korsa Munna

M/18

Mankeli

Mankeli

Bijapur

Caught and killed

9-Jan-10

4

Madivi Bandi

F/34

Surpangudem

Near Chintalnar

Konta/Dantewada

caught and shot dead

Kalmu Paiki

F/25

Midiyam Gujja

M/18

Ursa Unga

M/20

Durvondarbha

11-Jan-10

3

Hapka Sombaru

M/17

Kotrapal

Kotrapal

Bhairamgarh/Bijapur

Caught and killed

Emla Sukku

M/35

Boggami Raju

M/20

12-Jan-10

1

Madkam Joga

M/22

Kottagudem

Rangaiguda

Konta/Dantewada

caught and shot dead

15-Jan-10

2

Madkam Handa

M/25

Rangaiguda

Podiyam Raju

M/20

Permapara

17-Jan-10

1

Kalmu Chamru

M/35

Kaika

Kaika

Bijapur

Caught and shot dead

20-Jan-10

2

Mahesh Dhurwa

M/25

Kakbaras

Near Antagarh

Kanker

Police arrested these persons in Eekdand village on Jan 20 and killed after torturing them for sevaral days. Their dead bodies were found near a river on Jan 31 and a story concocted that unknown persons were killed.

Karthik Usendi

M/25

Kotul

23-Jan-10

4

Kunjam Motu

M/24

Kutrem

Between Kutrem and Kakadi hills

Kuvakonda/Dantewada

All of these innocent people were caught and killed.

Kunjam Bhima

M/25

Porokakad

Kunjam Hurra

M/20

Sammeli

Kadti Bhima

M/25

26-Jan-10

1

Nadugu Nureti

M/40

Kosronda

Raoghat/Kanker

picked up from his house and put an olive green uniform on him and killed in cold blood and then declared as encounter

29-Jan-10

1

Sudhakar Korram

M/22

Remawand village

Narayanpur

He was an unarmed member of our organization who was killed in indiscriminate firing and declared as encounter death

2-Feb-10

2

Emla Mangu

M/27

Paralnar

Paralnar

Gangalur/Bijapur

Caught and shotdead; Emla Mangu was PLGA member, while Lakshmi was village girl

Badse Lakshmi

F/20

3-Feb-10

7

Rama Kalmami

M/22

Takilod

Takilod

Bijapur

Police and SPOs team attacked village Takilod caught 14 people and selectevely Killed these 7 in most inhuman way

Asharam Emla

M/25

Jayram Emla

M/30

Anantram Veko

M/30

Motu Barsa

M/35

Raju Murami

M/20

Anatram Kalmami

M/2

3-Feb-10

1

Korsa Lakmu

M/40

Regadgatta

Cherpal

Bijapur/Bijapur

Caught and shot dead by joint forces

7-Feb-10

5

Santu Potai

M/25

Matala

Ongnar

Narayanpur

All of these were caught  and killed in cold blood

Phoolo Vadde

F/22

Ongnar

Kade Potai

M/20

Addempad

Ramoli Vadde

F/22

Onapad

Dalsai Korram

M/22

Mandoki

9-Feb-10

1

Punem Ungal

M/30

Pottenar

Pottenar

Bhairamgarh/Bijapur

caught and shot dead

12-Feb-10

1

Kumili

F/22

Paiveru

Dumnar

Narayanpur

She was working in a farm run by Janatana Sarkar. SPOs and Informers caught her. They gangraped her and brutally beheaded

17-Feb-10

1

Kursam Pandru

M/20

Gornam

Gornam

Bijapur

caught and killed

2-Apr-10

1

Soma Kadiyami

M/40

Kandadi

Near Kesekodi

Kanker

Taken away from village and shot him dead in cold blood

4-May-10

2

Lalsingh

M/22

Nariya

Rajubeda

Narayanpur

Sourrounded the local youth shot from point-blank

Sukhlal

M/20

Bailapad

16-May-10

2

Vanjami Malla

M/18

Gumiyapal

Gumiyapal

Kirandul/Dantewada

Shot dead and declared as encounter

Kunjami Aitu

M/23

Kutrem

19-May-10

1

Midiyam Bandi

M/27

Etem

Etem

Gadiras/Dantewada

Caught and shot dead

2-Jun-10

1

Sukhda Achla

M

Silparas Mettatola

Vala

Kanker

killed in indiscriminate firing on village youth

3-Jun-10

1

Maddal

M/14

Angmetta

Angmetta

Bijapur

Caught by SPOs while he was alone and stabbed to death

20-Jun-10

2

Deve

F/25

Indravati Area

Kohkametta

Narayanpur

Both were killed in indiscriminate firing by Police while they were cooking food for guerillas in village. Deve was a PLGA fighter, while Shivcharan was an unarmed villager.

Shivcharan

M/23

Muhandi

7-Jul-10

1

Oyam Mangu

M/19

Tarrem

Nakulnar

Kuvakonda/Dantewada

This PLGA fighter was killed in fierce fighting during PLGA raid on notorious Awadhesh Goutam’s house

24-Jul-10

1

Jagesh Koudo

M/

Gummer

Gummer

Raoghat/Kanker

no details

4-Aug-10

1

Kunjami Joga

M/23

Kutrem

Kutrem

Kirandul/Dantewada

Koya Commandos etc raided the village and shot dead while he was stepping out of his house.

11-Aug-10

3

Madkam Hidma

M/21

Rangaiguda

Rangaiguda

Konta/Dantewada

Killed in fake encounter by Koya Commandos

Veko Bojja

M/33

Bhima

M/25

17-Aug-10

1

Chaite

M/28

Enhur_NBT

Usebeda

Orchha/Narayanpur

SPOs with the help of some local informers caught this ACM level comrade while she was alone near a camp and killed in cold blood after gangrape.

9-Sep-10

1

Veko Kotlu

M/35

Kotrapal

Kotrapal

Bhairamgarh/Bijapur

Killed in a fake encounter

21-Sep-10

2

Vetti Hadma

M/22

Gommugudem

Usoor

Usoor/Bijapur

Both were killed in a real encouter

Oyam Budral

M/20

8-Oct-10

6

Names unknown

Sawargaon

Sawargaon

Dhanora/Gadchiroli

All of these were innocent villagers and school children, who were killed in indiscriminate mortar shelling by ITBP merceneries belonging to Kohka basecamp in Rajnandgaon district of CG, fired mortar shells who had gone mad after they were ambushed by PLGA in which 3 of their jawans were killed

9-Oct-10

8

Kosa @ Aitu

M/30

WBT

Padkipali

Sankara/Mahasamund

Out of 8 persons killed, only 6 were PLGA guerillas, laid down their lives while fighting with the enemy forces inflicting injuries to two STF personnel, whereas Goutam Patel and a labourer at his house were unarmed and innocent villagers who were dragged out of their house and shot dead in cold blood. Thus, it was partially real encounter.

Anita @ Natasha

F/25

Gattakal/NBT

Arjun @ Chandu

M/24

Pollevaya-IV area

Parvati

F/21

NBT

Rajbati

F/20

NBT

Lachhu

M/19

Usebeda-Maad

Goutam Patel

M/?

Padkipali

One labour

M/?

Padkipali

13-Oct-10

2

Madivi Masa

M/21

Gornam

Gornam

Bijapur

Caught and shot dead and declared as encounter

Sodhi Baman

M/25

15-Oct-10

2

Joga Kowasi @ Nagesh

M/36

Palodi-SBT

Bhilai

Durg

Both were were caught from Bhilai suburban area and shot dead and declared it as encounter

Prameela Mandavi

F/22

Pulunj-NBT

19-Oct-10

2

Kursam Kistaiah

M/24

Kottapally

Kottapally

Madded/Bijapur

Shot dead and declared as encounter and one young woman Kursam sangeeta (24) was arrected

Kursam Nagesh

M/23

21-Oct-10

2

Oyam Mangu

M/25

Burigil

Burigil

Gangalur/Bijapur

Killed when police fired indiscriminately on villagers

Oyam Manku

M/17

22-Oct-10

1

Unknown

M/

Kolar

Kanker

Police claimed this killing, has to be confirmed

25-Oct-10

1

Sannau Nuroti

M/30

Nibra

Madapa forest between Tadoki and Raoghat

Antagarh/Kanker

Caught from his house and next day killed in a fake encounter and declared him a platoon commander

23-Nov-10

9

Emla Phagu

M/21

Silinger

Jegurugonda/Mettaguda Para

Jegurgonda/Dantewada

All were killed in a fake encounter while they were on sentry duty to protect their crops

Korsa Madhu

M/25

Silinger

Korsa Sukkal

M/29

Silinger

Kunjam Suresh

M/29

Timpuram

Atami Bandi

M/26

Durvondarbha

Kadti Subbal

M/21

Durvondarbha

Uike Dula

M/22

Messum

Uike Sannu

M/21

Messum

Oyam Hidma

M/18

Vedire

10-Dec-10

2

Sadimek Laxmaiah

M/30

Gorli

Gorugonda

Bhadrakali/Bijapur

Caught and shot dead

Micha Bhima

M/30

Gorgonda

14-Dec-10

2

Shyam Shankar

M/21

Kandanar

Netanar

Darbha/Bastar

Caught and shot dead

Mahru

M/35

Koleng

14-Jan-11

1

Kalma Mangu

M/25

Badisetty

Singanguda

Sukma/Dantewada

Caught and shot dead by Koya Commando

17-Jan-11

2

Musaki Kosa

M/22

Gurgutta

Gurgutta

Bijapur/Bijapur

Caught and shot dead by STF, SPO and DF

Kuhudam Budru

M/20

20-Jan-11

1

Midiyam Channu

M/16

Gumiyapal

Hirroli

Kuvakonda/Dantewada

Shot dead in weekly bazar while he was trying to escape arrest. Police arrested two persons and indiscriminately fired at Channu.

8-Feb-11

1

Korsa Sannu

M/35

Murunga

Murunga

Bijapur/Bijapur

Caught and shot dead by joint forces

24-Feb-11

2

Munna Oyam

M/23

Dharma

Gondmetta

Bhairamgarh/Bijapur

Both were killed in indiscriminate firing by Police, CRPF and SPOs.

Rayyo

F/18

Bayil

11-Mar-11

1

Madvi Sula

M/28

Morupally

Morupally

Chitalnar/Dantewada

This elderly villager was picking tamarind from the tree when the Judum forces accosted him, accused him of being a Maoist informer and shot him dead in front of his wife and hanged from a tree.

12-Mar-11

2

Punem Lachhu

M/

Pullum

Pullum

Bhairamgarh/Bijapur

400 armed forces raided the village and took away 16 people with them after killing these two.

Kunjami Kamlu

M/

14-Mar-11

2

Badse Bhima

M/29

Pulampad

Timmapur

Chitalnar/Dantewada

Picked up by the CRPF and SPOs  from Pulampad village on their way to Timmapuram. After setting the villages on fire, they hacked Bursey Bhima to death with an axe and Mannu Yadav was shot dead and was taken away to Chintalnar to be showed as a Maoist killed in encounter.

Manu Yadav

M/28

29-Mar-11

1

Lakhmu

M

Kesamundi

Kesamundi

Bhairamgarh/Bijapur

Armed forces raided the village and picked up two people and one of those was shot dead

19-Apr-11

1

Rajnu Salam

M/14

Chinari

Chinari

Narayanpur

This unarmed boy was picked up from his village and killed brutally. His deadbody was taken away by his killers claiming that he was an armed Maoist.

TOTAL

195

 

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Support JNU Forum against War on People – Sign Petition

Posted by Admin on June 8, 2011


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JNU Forum against War on People

A note on the petition

As you know, the JNU Forum against War on People have been consistently active in the last two years in opposing Operation Green Hunt, the Indian state’s war on people. The activities and campaigns of the Forum has to a great extent mobilised a strong opinion against this repressive war by the state, which has made it a target of the JNU administration as well as the right-wing students’ organisations. Now by using the pretext of an ‘objectionable’ image, the administration is conducting a farcical Proctorial Enquiry against the students associated with the Forum, and launched a witch-hunt for them. Moreover, it has effectively put a ban on all activities of the Forum including public meetings etc. by ‘restraining’ the Forum from all activities pending the enquiry. This highly objectionable and authoritartian act has been strongly opposed by the Forum, the student community of JNU as well as the teachers, since it is not an attack on one particular organisation, but on the democratic space and political culture of the university itself.

We, on behalf of the JNU Forum against War on People, appeal to you to support the struggle of the students in all possible manner. We request you to endorse and sign a petition to the Vice Chancellor opposing the actions of the administration, and demanding their immediate withdrawal. We look forward to your much-needed support to strengthen our collective struggle against Operation Green Hunt and state repression on the people.

With regards,

JNU Forum against War on People

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Arundhati Roy: ‘They are trying to keep me destabilised. Anybody who says anything is in danger’

Posted by Admin on June 8, 2011


Source: Guardian

Arundhati Roy.Arundhati Roy. Photograph: Sarah Lee

This is not an ideal beginning. I bump into Arundhati Roy as we are both heading for the loo in the foyer of the large building that houses her publisher Penguin’s offices. There are some authors, V S Naipaul say, with whom this could be awkward. But not Roy, who makes me feel instantly at ease. A few minutes later, her publicist settles us in a small, bare room. As we take our positions on either side of a narrow desk I liken it to an interrogation suite. But she says that in India, interrogation rooms are a good deal less salubrious than this.

Roy, who is 50 this year, is best known for her 1997 Booker prize-winning novel The God of Small Things, but for the past decade has been an increasingly vocal critic of the Indian state, attacking its policy towards Kashmir, the environmental destruction wrought by rapid development, the country’s nuclear weapons programme and corruption. As a prominent opponent of everything connected with globalisation, she is seeking to construct a “new modernity” based on sustainability and a defence of traditional ways of life.

Her new book, Broken Republic, brings together three essays about the Maoist guerrilla movement in the forests of central India that is resisting the government’s attempts to develop and mine land on which tribal people live. The central essay, Walking with the Comrades, is a brilliant piece of reportage, recounting three weeks she spent with the guerrillas in the forest. She must, I suggest, have been in great personal danger. “Everybody’s in great danger there, so you can’t go round feeling you are specially in danger,” she says in her pleasant, high-pitched voice. In any case, she says, the violence of bullets and torture are no greater than the violence of hunger and malnutrition, of vulnerable people feeling they’re under siege. Read the rest of this entry »

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OPPOSE ARREST & TORTURE OF COM. HARBHINDER JALAL, DEMAND AN END TO ALL REPRESSIVE MEASURES

Posted by Admin on June 1, 2011


COM. HARBHINDER JALAL, BEING PRODUCED BY POLICE IN KHARAR COURT

Harbhinder Singh Jalal, who has been editing a revolutionary Punjabi magazine “CHAMKDA LAL TARA” (Shining Red Star), was arrested by Kharar Police while he was traveling in a bus near Gharuan village. The police alleged him to be the head of Punjab unit of CPI Maoist. A 32 bore pistol and some live cartridges were shown to have been recovered from him.

In police custody Harbhinder was severely tortured and subjected to third degree methods of interrogation. A case under S.10,13,18 & 20 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act; S. 25, 54, 59 of the Arms Act and Section 121, 419, 420, 471 of the IPC has been slapped against him. He was denied the legal assistance of his chosen lawyers. Lok Morcha Punjab, along with his family approached S/Sh. R.S. Bains and Harinder Pal Singh Ishar, Chandigarh based Human Rights lawyers, who moved an application for permission to meet Com Harbhinder in police custody and for his medical examination. The State vigorously opposed this application on the fictitious ground of threat to national security. However the court allowed the advocates to meet him daily in the Police Station between 7 PM to 8 PM and also to get him medically examined every 48 hours from the Civil Hospital.

On 9.5.2011, when Com Harbhinder was produced in court for further remand, dozens of his friends and well-wishers from all over Punjab, came to see him, but the police did not allow them to meet him. His further police remand was sought on the plea that he was to be taken to Ranchi to affect certain recoveries. Subsequently this pretext proved to be false as he was not taken to Ranchi. Perhaps the court’s order permitting his lawyers to meet him everyday in the extended period of remand, acted as a dampener for the police. On 14.5.2011, he was remanded to judicial custody and is now lodged in Ropar Jail. Read the rest of this entry »

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