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Immediately Withdraw the Death Sentence against Adivasi and Dalit Cultural Activists Jeeten Marandi, Anil Ram, Manoj Rajwar and Chhatrapati Mandal!

Posted by Admin on August 30, 2011

Jeeten Marandi and others in Death Row are Targets of Indian State’s Conspiracy!
Immediately Withdraw the Death Sentence Pronounced against Adivasi and Dalit Cultural Activists Jeeten Marandi, Anil Ram, Manoj Rajwar and Chhatrapati Mandal!

27 June 2011–The Giridih Lower court has awarded death sentence to peoples’ cultural activists Jeeten Marandi, Manoj Rajwar, Chhatrapati Mandal and Anil Ram in connection with the Chilkhari killings. On 27 October, 2007, Anup Marandi, the son of Babulal Marandi, ex-chief minister of Jharkhand, was shot dead by the Maoists along with 19 members of the Nagarik Suraksha Samiti, a vigilante gang promoted and patronised by the ex-chief minister.

Jeeten was deliberately and falsely implicated in this case, because Jeeten as a cultural activist has been exposing and opposing the anti-people and repressive policies of the state, through his organisations Jharkhand Aven and Krantikari Janvadi Morcha. Through his songs, plays and articles he consistently opposed displacement, corporate loot and state repression.

Jeeten had been arrested and jailed in the past too as he tried to spread consciousness among people through his cultural activities about the anti-people policies of the government. The state wants to strangle his bold voice. He was being implicated in the Chilkhari case because he wrote an article in three parts in a Hindi daily Prabhat Khabar. In the article he tried to explore the reasons behind the spreading of the Naxalite movement where he analysed and exposed the anti-people role of the state and showed the close relations the Naxalites have with the people. On 5th April 2008, after the third part of the article was published, the police immediately arrested its writer when he was returning home from a state committee meeting of Visthapan Virodhi Jan Vikas Andolan, which took place in Ratu Road, Ranchi.

The state had first put the charge of sedition on Jeeten Marandi where they alleged that he has given ‘inflammatory speeches’ in the rally that took place on the issue of release of political prisoners on 1st October 2007, in front of Raj Bhavan in Ranchi. After that a series of false cases were slapped on him. Along with the Chilkhari case, the state had put two cases from Thana Gaon, one case from Pirtand police station and two cases from Teesri police station. It must be noted that when the cases of Pirtand and Teesri P.O. took place, Jeeten was in jail for different cases. This clearly reflects the real intention of the government to implicate him in false cases to silence his voice.

Even in the Chilkhari case, the police denied the possibility of involvement of Jeeten Marandi. While reporting the incident of Chilkhari the Hindi daily Prabhat Khabar published Jeeten’s photo in the first page calling him the prime accused of the case. Later

the editor of Prabhat Khabar acknowledged his mistake and publicly apologized to Jeeten. That time the police officers also confirmed that the prime accused of Chilkahri case was not cultural activist Jeeten Marandi, but allegedly a Maoist commander of the same name. But later the police changed its statement and said both cultural activist Jeeten Marandi and Maoist commander Jeeten Marandi are involved in the case. In order to involve the cultural activist Jeeten Marandi, three new witnesses were incorporate in the case. This is how the conspiracy to falsely implicate Jeeten Marandi was hatched.

On 24 March 2009 Jeeten Marandi was produced in the Sessions court for the Chilkhari case. There he was waiting in the Sessions lock up along with other accused, when a person who claimed himself to be the OC of Giridih Town police station came and met Jeeten Marandi, and left. Later the police constables forcefully took Jeeten out alone and took him to the Sessions court. Outside the Sessions lock up the Giridih P.S. O.C showed Jeeten to some people and said this is Jeeten Marandi, remember his face. Then all those people followed Jeeten till the court. In the sessions court they tried to take him out without signing the attendance register. Later the people to whom the police had shown Jeeten in the court gave false witness and said Jeeten Marandi was present when the incident happened. Jeeten Marandi even intimated the court of this whole incident. None of these so-called witnesses were the family members of the ones who died in Chilkhari. They were all members of Babulal Marandi’s party Jharkhand Vikas Morcha. The Sessions court sentenced Jeeten Marandi and three others to death on basis of these ‘witnesses’.

The sentence awarded to Jeeten Marandi and three others once again exposes the puppet nature of the criminal court procedures of the government and police. This is the way the criminal court implicates and frames people who resist the state policies or raise their voice against oppression or injustice. Especially the most oppressed sections, the dalits, adivasis, backwards sections and minorities are always targeted and are given the harshest of punishments like death sentence by the court. The ones who have been given death sentence in Chilkhari case, i.e. Jeeten Marandi, Manoj Rajwar, Chhatrapati Mandal and Anil Ram are also from extremely poor adivasi, dalit, and backward families. The use of the judicial process and criminal court proceedings that led into the capital punishment of Jeeten Marandi is not a new thing. Earlier also the revolutionary leader from Andhra Pradesh Kista Gaud and Bhumaiyya were sentenced to death. In Barah, Bihar, five poor peasants have been given death sentence. Justice Bhagvati from the Supreme Court had accepted earlier that ‘many times the police create witnesses in order to prove their cases’.

In the same case the Supreme Court said that death sentences can be awarded in the ‘rarest of the rare’ cases. But despite that in the Indian judicial system death sentences are being distributed like freebies. According to a report by the Amnesty International, as many as 140 death sentences were handed out in India during 2006-07. In 130 countries death sentence has already been abolished. But the country that claims to be the world’s largest democracy is not ready to end the practice of death sentence so that it

can use death sentences in largest numbers to strangle the voices of the revolutionaries and the people who dream to change the society and can implement the policies of loot and exploitation without any resistance or dissent.

Revolutionary Democratic Front demands the immediate withdrawal of the death sentence of Jeeten Marandi and three others and their unconditional release. The politicians and police officers involved in the conspiracy against Jeeten and the rest three must be punished. Death sentence must be abolished. RDF appeals to all intellectuals and democratic people and organizations to unite and intensify the struggle for the release and justice of Jeeten, Anil, Manoj and Chhatrapati without delay.

Raj Kishore
General Secretary

G N Saibaba
Deputy Secretary



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Terrorizing the Democratic Space

Posted by Admin on June 29, 2010


Source By Gladson Dungdung

In the midst of hide and seek between the Sun and the Cloud, the environment of Jaipal Singh Stadium in Ranchi, the capital city of Jharkhand was very tense on June 25, 2010. The reason was, the “Operation Green Hunt Virodhi Nagrik Manch” (Citizens Forum against Operation Green Hunt) had called for a rally and mass meeting against the cold blood murder, rape and torture of innocent villagers by the security forces in the ongoing so-called anti-Naxal operation codified as “Operation Green Hunt”. The forum has been intervening on the issues of the police atrocity since inception of the OGH. As a result, the police have declared it as a Maoist organization, which is of course, the outcome of Chidambaram’s theory of democracy, which describes as ‘this side or that side’. Therefore, whoever questions the Operation Green Hunt is considered as a Maoist, a Maoist supporter or at least a sympathizer of the Maoists. Read the rest of this entry »

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The India’s Inhuman Gunmen

Posted by Admin on January 16, 2010

By Gladson Dungdung

11 January, 2010

Police torture

When the people of the entire world were greeting to each other, bursting crackers and enjoying delicious food on the occasion of the new year 2010, the police of Chhatarpur, Town and Sadar police stations of Palamu district, (which is the most Maoist infested area according to the government and the media reports) in Jharkhand, were very much engaged in humiliating, torturing and beating to Rajendra Yadav of Telaria village (Chhatarpur) alleging him as a Naxalite without any proof, which led to his death. He had been illegally detained in the police custody for more than 60 hours. The police justified it saying, “Since the Maoists had planted landmines on the road therefore Rajendra Yadav was not taken to the court.” Interestingly, the police did not recover any landmine from the spot therefore one can see it as an attempt to bury the inhuman acts of the Indian’s inhuman gunmen.

According to Dashrath Yadad, the father of Rajendra Yada, his son was taken under the custody by the police of Chhatarpur police station in the morning on December 30, 2009. On the next day, he went to Chhatarpur police station for inquiring about his son and the police told him that his son was sent to the office of the Superintendent of Police (SP). Thereafter, he immediately rushed to the SP’s office where he did not find his son and returned home with the empty hand. On 1st January, Dashrath Yadav came to know about the detention of his son in Town Police station and subsequently, he reached to the police station at 3’O clock in the afternoon. He was shocked to see Rajendra, who was suffering from terrible pain and not even able to speak clearly. Dashrath Yadav went back to home after painful experience. In the early morning on January 2, the police informed him about the death of his son, which was not unexpected. Read the rest of this entry »

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Protest against CISF camp:10 hurt in jawan attack

Posted by Admin on January 16, 2010

14RanVillage2.jpgThe protesters at Kute village on Wednesday. Picture by Hardeep Singh

Ranchi, Jan. 13: At least 10 people sustained injuries when Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) jawans lathicharged a mob protesting against a proposal to set up a CISF camp at Kute village in Jagannathpur today.

The incident took place around 8.30am when the villagers assembled after having information of uprooting a Sarna flag they had put on the proposed site to restrain CISF officials from starting the work.

The injured were admitted to HEC Plant Hospital with injuries on heads and legs. But they were reported out of danger. Darshan Mahto, Santosh Mahto, Nepal Baitha and Jeetwa Oroan, who led the mob, were identified among the injured persons. Read the rest of this entry »

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Is Mittal Our God? By Gladson Dungdung

Posted by Admin on January 16, 2010 –

15 January, 2010

On 8 January, 2010, the media (forth realm of the democracy) reported us that the global steel giant Arcelor Mittal Company is all set to desert the state of Jharkhand and Orissa, where the company is not yet able to acquire land for its proposed mega steel plants because of the Adivasis’ protest against the land acquisition. On the next day, a leading daily of Jharkhand came up with a ‘special page’ on Mittal company apart from the auspicious front page story, which concludes with the final verdict “the God is ready to desert Jharkhand”. Of course, the story is not new as the Jharkhandi media carry out this kind of biased reports for the corporate houses regularly.

In fact, when there is any kind of news in favour of the corporate houses, it always gets space in the front page but when the news is against of the corporate interest; it is either reported in unnoticeable manners or did not carried out at all. Ironically, it has been repeatedly done by the forth pillar of democracy, which is expected to be unbiased for the sake of democracy. As far as the Mittal Company is concerned, the media have always played a biased role. In July 2006, when L.N. Mittal the owner of the Arcelor Mittal Company had announced for its departure to the state of Orissa and played a dirty game for pressurizing the state government, the media told us the same thing that the ‘God is leaving the state’. The relevance questions are – Is Mittal our God? Are we incomplete without him and does Mittal really care about us?

ISTEEL.on The media houses have been attempting to coin L.N. Mittal as our (Jharkhandi people) god since the MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) was signed between the company and the Jharkhand government on October 8, 2005. The company has proposed for setting up a mega steel plant with the capacity of 12 million tones per annum at an estimated investment of Rs 40,000 crore. In addition to the steel plant, it has also proposed to set up a 2500 megawatt mega power plant and mining projects in the state. The company requires 25,000 acres of land and 20,000 unit water per hour for the mega steel plant and a township in Torpa-Kamdara region of Khunti and Gumla district. According to the original plan, the steel plant was to come up by the end of 2009 and the production would begin from 2012. Consequently, there would be a mass displacement as 256 villages would be affected therefore the Adivasis are protesting against it.

However, the right from the beginning the media houses are playing a dubious role. The newspapers regularly reported that the company requires only 12 thousand acres of land and would provide job to 1 lack people in the state. The same newspapers are now reporting that the company requires 25 thousand acres of land for the plant, where 50 thousand people will get the jobs. The newspapers never report us that how the Mittal company has suppressed its own employees and thrown them out of the jobs when the company was in loss. A question comes to my mind is how can L.N. Mittal become our God who did not even spend a pie for India (which he claims as his own country) without self interest in his lifetime?

The Arcelor Mittal Company operates in 60 countries across the world and it has plants in 20 countries. In 2009, the company deserted thousands of its own employees across the globe. The demand of company’s steel had gone down to10 percent and its share fell down by 7 percent. The company had to cut production in Canada by 45 percent and axed 9,000 employees. It also cut the job of 1000 employees in lowest cost plant in Poland and shut down one out of its two blast furnaces in west Belgium. The Company was in the process to idle a plant in East Chicago and lay off another 400 workers. The company had total workforces of 3,26,000 which was cut down to 3,15,867 consequently, 10,133 people lost their jobs in the company by the end of October, 2009. Hence, the company has failed in protecting the rights of its own employees. In these circumstances, how can it give us the guarantee of jobs security in India and why our media do not bother to inform us about it? Do media run on coverage package of Mittal?

Obviously, the Mittal Company has either purchased the media or influence in some other ways, which is of course resulting in the media’s exaggeration, manufacturing the consent and convincing people in favour of the company. The media exaggerated Mittal’s entry as a great achievement for the state and when the company threatened repeatedly to leave the state, the media coined it as the sky is going to fall in Jharkhad. The announcement of ITI was also projected as it would change the fate of the Adivasis. It was coined in such a manner that without Mittal, Adivasis of the region are beasts, uncivilized and sub-human. Finally, the CSR was propagated as it will change the fate of Jharkhand in over night. All these were done in complete planned manner to get the land by projecting Mittal as Messiah of Jharkhand therefore now when he has announced of shifting the project to the state of Karnata, the media keep telling us that the God is about to desert us therefore we should go to him, plead for not to leave us and surrender our ancestral lands for his steel plant.

Indeed, the Indian democracy is run by the corporate houses and the media is part of it. As far as the people especially the marginalized are concerned, they have only right to vote, which is also snatched by the threat of money, muscle and manipulation power. Of course, the corporate houses were not our god, they are not our god and they will never be our god. If they leave the state, we have nothing to lose but the politicians, who get huge money to buy the votes. However, the recent breaking news on ‘coverage package’ is the best example of how the forth realm of democracy is also on sale and betrays its own people. Should we still believe on the Media? If the media go on like this, we would have only choice to tell is ‘the media is of the corporate, for the corporate and by the corporate. Meanwhile, we are hopping that the Mittal also comes up with his own media house to manipulate the Adivasis’ lands but even after that he will never be our god.

Gladson Dungdung is a Human Rights Activist and Writer from Jharkhand. He can be reached at gladsonhractivist

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Jharkhand: Guided by guerrillas, into the Naxalite heartland

Posted by Admin on December 4, 2009

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A booth at Parsabera in Dumri under lock and key on Wednesday. (Shahnawaz Akhtar)

Giridih, Dec. 3: We were being watched.

As soon as our bike turned off the main Giridih-Dumri road towards the villages off the beaten track where polling was in progress yesterday, we were stopped by a group of three young men. They had been following our progress for some time — since the time we stopped for tea and snacks.

“Aap log andar jana chahte hai (you want to go into the interiors)?” one of them asked. He seemed to know the answer. Just as he seemed to know who we were. “We know you, so don’t worry. You can go in but remember to stick to pucca roads. Never move on dirt tracks,” he added.

Some more advice followed. “At any cost return before 2pm. While moving, keep looking on either side. You will see everything you want to see.” Soon they got on to their bike and asked us to follow. After half a kilometre, the man who had spoken earlier turned towards us again. “From here you have to go alone, the police camp is ahead,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Students’ breather: Security forces vacate 28 schools in Jharkhand

Posted by Admin on November 11, 2009

Lalgarh students protests against police camps

Lalgarh student's protest against police camps

Ranchi: More than 10,000 students in districts ravaged by Maoist insurgency in Jharkhand can now go back to their class rooms with security forces vacating 28 of the 43 schools in the areas.

The security forces had set up camps in the schools to battle the red terror. Eighteen districts are affected by Maoist violence in the state, according to official records.

In response to a fresh Jharkhand High Court order of September 16, 2009, in public interest litigation, the state government and the Jharkhand police said it had vacated “28 of the 43 schools it had occupied in the Naxal-infested districts of the state and the process to vacate 13 more schools was under way”.

In their Sep 16 ruling, the bench consisting of Justice M.Y. Iqbal and Justice D.K. Sinha said the “security forces had to vacate the remaining schools as early as possible”.

When the case was filed in the Jharkhand High Court last year, the court had set a deadline of six months for security forces to relocate from schools.

“The September 2009 order is a follow-up to a court ruling last year where the security forces were told that they had to vacate the school in six months – by the second week of January 2009. But we pleaded with the court to know the status of the case and how many schools the security forces had vacated,” lawyer Santosh Tiwari, who filed the case of behalf of the People’s Union of Civil Liberties (PUCL), said.

Most of the schools are located in the tribal areas, Tiwari said.He alleged that while police were claiming that schools were being vacated, the Central Reserve Police Force were “at the same time taking over new schools”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jharkhand: More CRPF teams arrive

Posted by Admin on October 24, 2009


CRPF jawans load their belongings on a truck outside Tatanagar railway station on Friday. (Bhola Prasad)

Jamshedpur, Oct. 23: Seven additional companies of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) today arrived in East Singhbhum for a planned crackdown on Naxalites.

About 1,000 jawans of 193 Battalion of CRPF from Jullandhar, arrived at Tatanagar railway station by the Jammu-Tawi Express today.

The forces will be deployed at Naxalite-hit areas of Chandil, Chowka, Nimdih and Chaliama under Chandil sub-division of adjoining Seraikela-Kharsawan district. The forces will be also deployed at Bodam, Patamda and at the Dalma foothills.

CRPF commandant Sanjay Kumar Singh confirmed that the additional companies of CRPF were meant for the special operation against the rebels to be launched shortly.

“The movement of the paramilitary forces is aimed at launching special operations in parts of East Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan districts. Although no tentative date has been fixed for starting the operation, it may begin any time,” he said.

The commandant confirmed that about 1,000 commandos belonging to 197 Battalion of CRPF had already arrived in West Singhbhum for deployment in Saranda, Kuchai, Kharsawan and Manoharpur.

Singh revealed that they will have to find place to accommodate the men in areas where they would remain deployed for the operation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jharkhand: Bengal Moaist fights for life at MGM Medical College

Posted by Admin on October 22, 2009

Bengal rebel fights for life at MGM
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A policeman on guard at MGM Medical College and Hospital on Wednesday. Picture by Srinivas

Jamshedpur, Oct. 21: A suspected woman rebel from Bengal, who was lodged in Ghatshila sub-divisional jail, is undergoing treatment at MGM Medical College and Hospital.

Down with acute jaundice and malaria, Geeta Murmu (20) is being treated under tight security at the government-run hospital.

A resident of Belpahari police station area of West Midnapore district, Geeta was arrested along with eight others on May 31, when the Maoist-backed People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities was trying to organise a rally at Chakulia. The suspected Naxalite was forwarded to judicial custody the next morning.

Deepak Kumar, the officer in charge of Chakulia, said that Geeta was a hardcore Naxalite. He added that eight criminal cases were pending against the woman at various courts in Jharkhand and Bengal.

Kumar, who had arrested Geeta and carried out investigations, said that she was wanted in connection with Naxalite activities in Bengal too.

“Geeta is suspected to have been involved in the killing of JMM parliamentarian Sunil Mahto,” the OC said.

Sources in the medical college and hospital said that the condition of the woman was unstable. She is suffering from malaria and jaundice. The hospital employees said that take extra care was being taken of the ailing rebel.

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Maoists to review Induwar beheading

Posted by Admin on October 21, 2009

IndwarFor the first time, Maoists are debating the manner in which they kill people. Kishanji, the 51-year old politburo member of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist), said its leaders would review the recent beheading of inspector Francis Induwar.

“A committee would seek a report on the circumstances in which he had to be beheaded,” Kishanji said, even as Maoist insurgents on Tuesday raided a police station, shot dead two officers and kidnapped another.

The decapitated body of the 50-year-old inspector Induwar was found on the Jamshedpur-Ranchi highway in Jharkhand on October 6.

Between January and August 2008, 317 civilians were killed owing to Maoists violence. This year, till August 31, according to the Ministry of Home Affairs, 341 people had been killed.

But this is the first time the Maoists have admitted to a debate in party circles over the manner of elimination.
Kishanji said this when HT quizzed him on the contents of a circular sent to the Andhra Pradesh state committee of the CPI (Marxist Leninist-People’s War) in 1998.

In that circular, the central committee of the CPI (Marxist Leninist)(Peoples War) had warned its cadres against excessive bloodbath. Read the rest of this entry »

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People’s support stumbling block to anti-Naxal operations, says SSP

Posted by Admin on October 10, 2009

Policemen stop A rally of the People's Committee Against Police Atrocities at Lalgarh on August 26

Policemen stop A rally of the People's Committee Against Police Atrocities at Lalgarh on August 26

RANCHI: People’s support to the Maoists in the Bundu and Tamar areas of Ranchi district was emerging as one of the biggest stumbling blocks to anti-Naxalite operations. “Whether it is out of fear or otherwise, the support of villagers that the sub-zonal commander, Kundan Pahan, enjoys in the area, has made him almost invincible,” said Praveen Kumar, Ranchi senior superintendent of police.

As a result, Pahan’s intelligence network, comprising villagers, had become quite strong. “Whenever police are about to conduct raids in the area, Pahan invariably gets wind of it,” said the SSP.

“We were close to the squad two days ago and an encounter took place in which two of their members were shot. But the bodies were taken away by the other members of the group,” said Kumar. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by Admin on September 22, 2009

14naxalitesAni September 22nd, 2009





Maoists trade bullets with dance and songs for a change in India’s eastern Gaya.

Maoist rebels in India’s eastern Gaya sang and danced to mark the fifth anniversary of the inception of Communist Party of India-Maoist formed with a merger of the Maoist Communist Centre (MCC) and the People’s War Group on September 21, 2004.





3. (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) PARAMJEET, MAOIST COMMANDER, SAYING: “Our party was divided in two parts. The other party worked separately for some time but later the two groups merged. We are celebrating the merger because we all are brothers.” Read the rest of this entry »

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