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ALL-INDIA CONVENTION AGAINST SEZ, LAND-GRABBING & DISPLACEMENT

Posted by Admin on December 12, 2009


ALL-INDIA CONVENTION
AGAINST SEZ, LAND-GRABBING & DISPLACEMENT

Date: 13 December 2009
Time: 10am – 8pm

Venue: Garhwal Bhavan, Panchkuyan Road
(next to Jhandewalan Metro Station, near Paharganj),
New Delhi

Organised by:

“ALL INDIA CO-ORDINATION OF MOVEMENTS AGAINST SEZ, LAND-GRABBING AND DISPLACEMENT”,

an initiative which has been formed to co-ordinate the variouspeoples’ movements on these issues all over India.

Representatives from anti-SEZ movements of Kalinganagar, anti-POSCO, Raigad, Bhayandar, anti-DOW in Maharashtra, Singur, Nandigram, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and others, Struggling organisations and eminent intellectuals like Prof. Amit Bhaduri, Mr. Prashant Bhushan, Prof. Manoranjan Mohanty, Gautam Navalakha, Anand Swaroop Verma and others will participate in and address the convention.

Demands:

1. Scrap the SEZ Act of 2005 and all related state SEZ acts.
2. Immediately stop all SEZ projects and return the acquired lands to the farmers.
3. Stop the anti-people land-grabbing and plundering of natural resources.

4. Fight against globalization.
5. Withdraw all cases against activists of anti-SEZ movements.

Any struggling organisation or individual who are in agreement with these common minimum points are invited to be a part of this initiative to intensify the struggle.

The functioning of the committee would be based on the following policies:

1. A basic perspective towards the SEZ and land-grab policies as anti-people tools of exploitation.
2. Coordination of the various struggles against SEZs and land acquisition going on in various parts of the country.
3. Compensation/rehabilitation would not be accepted as an objective of anti-SEZ movements.
4. Non-participation of NGOs in the committee.

5. Participation of all organizations, movements and individuals engaged in anti-SEZ and anti-landgrab struggles based on the five points of common minimum understanding and the above policies for the functioning of the committee.

Preparatory committee:

1. Justice P.B. Sawant (Convenor) (Maharashtra)
2. Justice Kolsepatil (Maharashtra)
3. Vilas Sonawane (Coordinator) (Maharashtra)
4. Y. S. Rao (Andhra Pradesh)
5. Abhay Sahoo (Orissa)
6. Prashanta Paikray (Orissa)
7. Bhalchandra Sadangi (Orissa)

8. Sheomangal Siddhantkar (Delhi)
9. Chandrashekar (Karnataka)
10. Amitabha Bhattacharya (West Bengal)
11. Kushal Debnath (West Bengal)
12. Alik Chakrabarty (West Bengal)
13. Partho Sarothi Ray (West Bengal)

Nayanjyoti, Amit (9873057637), Arya(9873887667)

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Indian media must wake up to violence committed by the state

Posted by Admin on December 11, 2009


The Asian Human Rights Commission says in a statement:

The existence of independent and strong media is a prerequisite for the working of a free and just society that governs itself by the rule of law. The role of media in establishing such a society is to act as the eyes and ears of the people, forming the collective conscience of the nation. After all what else does a democracy mean than letting its citizens make decisions that affect their lives? Independent media help the citizens in making informed choices by bringing news and perspectives to them. In short, free and impartial media is an important component to a democratic framework like its justice institutions.

The relative success of the democratic experiment in India in comparison to its neighbors owes considerable debt to its media. The robust resistance of the media to the declaration of emergency, one of the darkest hours in Indian democracy, is an example. It was the media that had the courage, augmented with exemplary resistance put up by all political and social forces, that openly opposed the dictatorial declaration of the emergency by the then prime minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi.

The Indian media did not spare even Jawaharlal Nehru, the first and perhaps the most loved prime minister of the country, when few of his cabinet colleagues were accused of corruption. It was the media that had courage to expose the gruesome events during the Gujarat state-led pogrom of innocent Muslims in that State. Bringing out the fascist nature of the rightwing Hindutva groups leading the carnage was perhaps the singular achievement of the media, leading to the erosion of support for the politics of hatred in India.

Viewed in this context, the recent developments in the Indian media are worrying to say the least. This is in spite of the contributions the media have made in exposing corruption, for instance, the shady arms deal during the National Democratic Alliance regime by the Tehelka, the petrol pump allotment scam during the same period by the Indian Express and the telecom allocation scam by the current United Progressive Alliance regime.

Similarly unambiguous is the media’s role in fighting against communalism, by continuously reacting against the witch hunt of the minorities by some political groups. Equally substantial is the role the media played in publishing the criminal and financial backgrounds of many candidates, who contested and eventually lost, in the recently held parliament elections. While the media has definitely held its ground and stood true to its prestigious past, on many current issues it has been regularly faltering.

Unfortunately, the media do not appear to be caring for its own record when it comes to the reporting of acts of terror committed by the state, while it comes down heavily on those committed by non-state actors. The media, both electronic and print versions, have been instrumental in enlightening the citizenry about the use of dastardly and mindless violence committed by non-state actors upon innocent civilian populations.

The argument put forward by the media to condemn the violence is plain and simple, that there are no issues in a democracy which cannot be sorted out by deliberations and peaceful means of protest, and that dissent can always be dealt with politically and democratically and violence, not sanctioned by the law, is intolerable in a democratic set up.

The media however appear to be swallowing its logic by failing to give equal seriousness against state-sponsored violence. Extrajudicial executions, torturing of suspects, murder of prisoners and under trials, and disappearances are quite rampant in India. These characters of a failing state require equal treatment or probably more attention than that is given to violence committed by non-state actors. Yet, the media do not give enough time and space to discuss these issues.

India has witnessed more than 1184 deaths in police custody according to the data published by the National Human Rights Commission. The data is concerning cases reported to the Commission between April 2001 and March 2009. Of these, 601 custodial deaths have taken place in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal, all peaceful states with no insurgency or other armed militia operating within. Yet, this news appeared in an almost invisible corner in the print media as a single column news in the inside pages. The electronic media ignored the news all together.

Similar is the case of fake encounters. Instead of condemning it and demanding prosecutions the media have actually been instrumental in the glorifying the killers in uniform. ‘Encounter specialist and super cop’ are media inventions in their attempt in showering accolades upon murderer police officers for ‘successful’ encounters. Some of these media heroes are now in jail or killed. For instance, the former Assistant Commissioner of Delhi Police, Mr. Rajbir Singh, was killed by a friend allegedly over disputes regarding his illegal investments, Mr. Daya Nayak of Maharashtra police, is in jail facing corruption charges and for his alleged nexus with the underworld. Mr. D.G. Banjara, Deputy Inspector General of Gujarat Police is in jail for his proven role in fake encounters. Even after the exposure of the real faces of these murderers in uniform, the media have singularly failed to get its act together barring a few exceptions.

After all, just how many times can one find such brazen acts of lawlessness like a live recording of the murder of two civilians by the police as it happened in Manipur? Just how many times the police, paramilitary forces and the army will let the media impartially cover their operations exposing their utter disregard for the rule of law as well as the constitution?

Any act of terror, violence, and extrajudicial executions is a crime against humanity. The question who did it is irrelevant.

No law or ideology can legitimise the killings of innocent civilians, unfortunately caught between the state and its opponents. Murder or other forms of violence by the non-state actors based on whatever justifications – religion, ethnicity or ideology – should be unambiguously condemned. So should be the case with extrajudicial and illegal killings and other forms of violence committed by the state.

For one fact, unlike the non-state actors, the state warrants even sterner criticism for torture, killings and disappearances of its citizens as it is the state’s duty to protect, promote and fulfil constitutional guarantees.

The state deserves a far stricter scrutiny as it derives the legitimacy to use force by being the custodian of the law, guaranteeing to use it only for the protection of the citizens and not for killing them.

The studied silence maintained by the media, in this context, is unfortunate. A single murder, unsanctioned by the law, committed by state agents should let the press hit the panic button. 1184, is an exception.

Yet the country’s media chose to observe blissful silence. This prevents the possibility of exposing the countless unreported ones, which the media could have exposed.

The Asian Human Rights Commission expects that this silence is not from complicity, and that the Indian media will wake up to its legacy of standing by the people and the truth that they have the right to know.
Indian media must wake up to violence committed by the state

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Fight for the unconditional Release of com. Kobad Ghandhy: CPI Maoist Press Release

Posted by Admin on November 14, 2009


Kobad Ghandy

COMMUNIST PARTY OF INDIA (MAOIST)

CENTRAL COMMITTEE

Press Release: September 29, 2009

(Source: Peoples March Regd. with the RNI No.: KER ENG/2000/2051 R)

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Fight for the unconditional release of Maoist leader comrade Kobad Ghandy!
Maoists are champions of people’s cause; Expose the reactionary propaganda that Maoists are terrorists!!

As part of their all-round brutal offensive against the CPI(Maoist) and the ongoing people’s war in India, the Sonia- Manmohan-Chidambaram fascist clique at the Centre and the various exploiting class parties in the states, irrespective of their colour, have engaged their lawless repressive state apparatus to eliminate the central and state leadership of our Party. Exactly a month after the arrest of a Polit Bureau member of our Party, comrade Sumit, from Ranchi on August 19, and four months after the abduction and brutal murder of our Central Committee member com Patel Sudhakar, another Polit Bureau member and a senior leader of the CPI(Maoist), comrade Kobad Ghandy, was arrested from Delhi. Comrade Kobad Ghandy had just returned from a trip to the guerrilla zone. The arrest of comrade Kobad Ghandy is being touted as a big success of the Intelligence officials while it was actually a result of the betrayal by a weak element in the Party who was acting as his courier. He was betrayed by his courier who led the SIB from AP and the Intelligence wing in Delhi to the appointment spot in Bhikaji Cama Place in South Delhi. The police claimed that he was arrested on the night of 20th September, but the actual arrest was made on 17th. The prompt reaction from various democratic and civil rights organizations foiled the plan of the Intelligence agencies and the police officials to torture and murder him as is their usual norm. The CC, CPI(Maoist) hails the efforts made by the various democratic forces in defending the life of comrade Kobad Ghandy and appeals to them to fight against the heinous attempts of the reactionary rulers to implicate him in false cases, to conduct Narco tests and to mentally harass him.

Comrade Kobad Ghandy, who hails from a rich, elitist background, had abandoned everything and mingled with the oppressed masses serving them selflessly for almost four decades. He lived with the unorganized workers, adivasi peasants, and the urban poor and became popular among the oppressed sections of the Indian people. He organized revolutionary activity in Maharashtra during the 1970s and became a member of the Central Committee of erstwhile CPI(ML)[PW] in 1981. He continued as a member of the CC of the merged CPI(Maoist) in 2004 and was elected to the Polit Bureau after the Unity Congress—9th Congress in February 2007. He played a crucial role in bringing out the Party publications in English and was also looking after the subcommittee on Mass Organisations set up by the CC besides other works. The arrest of comrade Kobad Ghandy is a great loss to the CPI(Maoist) and the Indian revolution. Read the rest of this entry »

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Initiative Against War on People: Statement and meeting

Posted by Admin on October 26, 2009


Election at gun point copy1Source: Sanhati Initiative Against War on People

Invitation: Meeting of people’s organisations and individuals: At Gandhi Peace Foundation, DDU Marg, Delhi 5 PM on 27th October 2009.

The Indian government has deployed 100,000 troops in addition to the existing paramilitary and police forces in parts of central India, including Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jharkhand, Maharashtra Lalgarh – Jungalmahal area of Bengal – a vast area inhabited by mainly tribal people. Forces are being withdrawn from Jammu and Kashmir and the Northeast to join battalions of CRPF commandos, the ITBP, the CoBRA and the BSF. There is also talk of bringing in the Rashtriya Rifles – a paramilitary force that is directly guided by the Indian Army created especially for counter-insurgency work known for its notoriety in Kashmir and Northeast in the past few decades, and the purchase of bomb trucks, bomb blankets, bomb baskets, and sophisticated new weaponry. The Air Force has already been deployed and a full-scale air operation is in the offing.

Prior to this military build up in these regions a sort of hysteria about the ‘deteriorating internal security environment due to Maoist threat’ is being created in an attempt to manufacture consent for this war on the Indian people. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh repeatedly stated that ‘left wing extremism’ was the gravest internal security threat. This raises a basic question – Why does the state need to go to war against its most deprived, impoverished and oppressed population, and inside its own territory?

Central and eastern parts of India are rich in mineral wealth that can be sold to the highest bidder. All that stands between politicians/ big money bags and this wealth is the tribal people and their refusal to consent to their designs. Addressing a conference of heads of different paramilitary, intelligence and police forces a month ago, Manmohan Singh stated that the mineral resources in the regions of tribal people remained untapped due to resistance, which affected the foreign investment. Read the rest of this entry »

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No to armed forces against naxalites

Posted by Admin on October 25, 2009


19june27r copy Lalgarhm copy2Posted by Radical Notes October 25, 2009 at 7:55 am in India, Press Release, State Terrorism

Janhastakshep, Campaign Against Fascist Designs, People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) and People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) held a public meeting “No to use of Army & Air Force Against Naxalites” on the 24th October, 2009 (Saturday) at Constitution Club, New Delhi. The meeting was attended by a wide spectrum of people from political parties, intellectuals and political activists such as Mr. Surendra Mohan, Prof. Manoranjan Mohanty, Shamshul Islam and many others. Many attendees had to sit at the aisles because of the large number of people who had come to attend.

Noted poet Pankaj Singh gave the introductory note, he emphasized on how the state and ruling parties are seriously attempting to distort our perceptions and notions in labeling the growing Naxal movement as “the single biggest threat to internal security”. The reality it is that it is the failure of the state and governance in India which are the biggest threat to the life and livelihood of millions and the army and air force are wrongly being used as means to resolve issues of bad governance.

Professor Randhir Singh emphasized, that those who condemn violence do not only condemn excesses but also demand an acceptance of the qualities of the current state. “Radical politics and extra parliamentary tools have to be emphasized, people have a right to choose their preferred method of resisting oppression. Today, the Maoists and Naxalites represent the dream for justice and a better future by those millions who have been marginalized by society and the ruling party’s plans to use the army to fight against them will be disastrous for the country”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Stop Offensive, Hold Unconditional Dialogue: Call From National Convention Of Citizens Initiative For Peace

Posted by Admin on October 25, 2009


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The following is the resolution adopted at the National Convention of the Citizens Initiative for Peace held in the Capital on October 20, 2009. The convention was addressed, inter alia, by Justice P.B. Sawant, Prof Randhir Singh, Aruna Roy, Surendra Mohan, Prof G. Hargopal, Sandeep Pandey, Ajit Bhattacharjea, Prof Manoranjan Mohanty, as well as representatives from Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orisssa, West Bengal; victims of state violence in Chhattisgarh also gave testimony of state violence in the name of fighting the Maoists.

Stop Offensive, Hold Unconditional Dialogue

CALL FROM NATIONAL CONVENTION OF CITIZENS INITIATIVE FOR PEACE

The Government has launched a major offensive in the tribal belt of Central India where the Maoists are active. These are the poorest areas in the country where people have been alienated by exploitation and deprivation of resources. The Government must realise that Maoism is the outcome of their own failure to resolve the problems of the people in these areas. Further, they have actively acted against the interests of the people by forcibly acquiring their land, displacing them for mega projects and violating their basic constitutional rights. Read the rest of this entry »

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Human Rights Groups Condemn Maoist Violence in Jharkhand and Maharashtra

Posted by Admin on October 18, 2009


10-Oct-2009.jpgSaturday 17 October 2009

CHRI Statement

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative condemns the killings and gory violent means being adopted by the Maoists in the last few days. The merciless beheading of the police officer in Jharkhand and the brutal murder of 18 police personnel in Gadchiroli is shocking and such mindless bloodshed cannot be justified as a means to achieving any end in a democracy and the perpetrators need to be brought to justice before the law.

The CHRI urges the Maoists to abjure the path of violence and come to a common negotiating platform to resolve grievances within the democratic frame of the Indian polity.

At the same time we urge governments at the Centre and States to arrive at an early resolution of the conflict by exploring all channels of negotiations with the Maoists. The CHRI also believes that the recent promise of the Home Minister to wipe out the Maoists will not solve the problem. A resolution can be brought about only by genuine negotiations and providing just solutions to long standing grievances. Govern-ments at the Centre and State levels need to generate confidence among the people that they are equal partners in the process of conciliation. Without this the mindless cycle of violence will continue consuming innocent lives and will hold back democracy and development in large parts of the country.

PUCL Statemen
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The People’s Union for Civil Liberties strongly condemns the brutal killing of the police officer by the alleged Naxalites in Jharkhand. It is an unacceptable act of gravest human rights violation by the people who claim to work for the downtrodden and poor. It is a long standing firm belief of the PUCL that violence in any form can never be a means to achieve any end however grand that might be. There is no place for such mindless violence in a democratic state and society that India is. Read the rest of this entry »

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Discussion: “Indian State Must Stop Its War Against People”

Posted by Admin on October 16, 2009


Radical Notes

Related Post:   Statement against Government of India’s planned military offensive in adivasi-populated regions.

In the past few months, the government, by repeatedly asserting its perception of the Maoists as the ‘biggest threat to internal security’, by criminalising the CPI (Maoist), and through a sustained project of trying to build a consensus against various forms of popular upsurge and dissent, has been creating ground for the onslaught that is now in the offing. No matter what they say about using the air force only for surveillance, it is clear enough that in this elaborate plan to wage war against its own people, the state will not, if needed, flinch from aerial bombardment. The idea that the IAF could be allowed to ‘retaliate’ in ‘self-defence’ while carrying out its so-called surveillance tasks is already being contemplated and bandied about in the top echelons of the Indian state and security establishment. Furthermore, the spate of arrests in Kolkata, and even Delhi, has created an atmosphere that resembles, to an alarming degree, the one created by Senator McCarthy’s ‘anti-communist’ witch hunt in the US of the 1940s and 1950s. It becomes important in such a situation to come together and question this sequence of events and the narrative that buttresses it. We invite you to a Press Conference-cum-public meeting – on October 19, 2009, at the Press Club of India, between 12pm and 3pm – in which we seek to discuss the following:

1. The government’s plan to wage war against, and possibly bombard, the people of the concerned area.

2. The arbitrary arrest of dissenting political organisers, dissident intellectuals and student activists in the name of curbing ‘Maoism’.

3. The validity of the idea of outlawing an organisation completely and thereby banning all its activities and, in effect, taking away all forms of expression from its members.

The meeting-cum-press conference is to be addressed by Parthasarathi Ray of Sanhati, writer Arundhati Roy, senior Supreme Court lawyer and civil rights expert Prashant Bhushan and members of the PUDR. You are cordially invited to attend the meeting and participate in the discussion that will follow.

Venue: Press Club of India, Raisina Road (New Delhi)
Date: October 19, 2009
Time: 12.00-3.00 pm

Organisers:
Sanhati
PUDR
Radical Notes

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Statement against Government of India’s planned military offensive in adivasi-populated regions: National and international signatories

Posted by Admin on October 13, 2009


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Sanhati (www.sanhati.com), a collective of activists/academics who have been working in solidarity with peoples’ movements in India by providing information and analysis, took the initiative to bring together voices from around the world against the Government of India’s planned military offensive in Central India. A statement (Hindi version here, Bengali version here, Telugu version here) and a background note were drafted in consultation with Indian activists, and duly circulated for endorsement. Readers are encouraged to endorse by mailing sanhatiindia [at] sanhati [dot] com with full name and affiliation.To

Dr. Manmohan Singh
Prime Minister,
Government of India,
South Block, Raisina Hill,
New Delhi,
India-110 011.

We are deeply concerned by the Indian government’s plans for launching an unprecedented military offensive by army and paramilitary forces in the adivasi (indigeneous people)-populated regions of Andhra Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Orissa and West Bengal states. The stated objective of the offensive is to “liberate” these areas from the influence of Maoist rebels. Such a military campaign will endanger the lives and livelihoods of millions of the poorest people living in those areas, resulting in massive displacement, destitution and human rights violation of ordinary citizens. To hunt down the poorest of Indian citizens in the name of trying to curb the shadow of an insurgency is both counter-productive and vicious. The ongoing campaigns by paramilitary forces, buttressed by anti-rebel militias, organised and funded by government agencies, have already created a civil war like situation in some parts of Chattisgarh and West Bengal, with hundreds killed and thousands displaced. The proposed armed offensive will not only aggravate the poverty, hunger, humiliation and insecurity of the adivasi people, but also spread it over a larger region. Read the rest of this entry »

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Statement from national platform of adivasi and forest dwellers’ mass organisations (Campaign for Survival and Dignity) on Government offensive

Posted by Admin on October 13, 2009


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A Pretext to Impose Brutal Repression: the Government’s “Offensive” Is a Formula for Bloodshed and Injustice

The Campaign for Survival and Dignity, a national platform of adivasi and forest dwellers’ mass organisations (listed below) from ten States, unequivocally condemns the reported plans for a military “offensive” by the government in the country’s major forest and tribal areas. This offensive, ostensibly targeted against the CPI (Maoist), is a smoke screen for an assault against the people, especially adivasis, aimed at suppressing all dissent, all resistance and engineering the takeover of their resources. Certain facts make this clear:

The government tells us that this offensive will make it possible for the “state to function” in these areas and fill the “vacuum of governance.”

This is grossly misleading. The Indian state is very, very active in these areas, often in its most brutal and violent form. A vivid example is the illegal eviction of more than 3,00,000 families by the Forest Departments a few years ago. Laws have been totally disregarded; Constitutional protections for adivasi rights blatantly ignored and their rights over water, forest and land (jal, jangal, jamin) glaringly violated. Every month an increasing number of people are jailed, beaten and killed by the police. If this is the picture of what “absence” of the state means, people are terrified of what the “presence” of the state will mean. It can only mean converting brutalized governance into militarized rule, a total negation of democracy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Produce Maoist leaders Ravi Sharma and Anuradha immediately before the court of law!

Posted by Admin on October 12, 2009


12 October 2009

stoprepressionNEW DELHI | 12 – 10- 2009 |

PRESS STATEMENT:

Ensure their right to a lawyer and to be immune from torture!

The Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP) as per the reports available from the press (The Telegraph, Jharkhand edition, Hindustan Patna edition) is concerned about the safety of the two allegedly arrested Maoist leaders Anuradha and Ravi Sharma. The press report states that the arrest of Mr. Ravi Sharma on 10/10/09 at Patna. There has been no news so far of the arrest of Ms. Anuradha who was picked up by the agencies from a house in Patna where she was staying. This has been corroborated by the local human rights organizations.

It is appalling that even after twenty four hours of the arrest the agencies/police have not produced the two before a court of law which is constitutionally guaranteed. The non-production of the detained Ms. Anuradha and Mr. Ravi Sharma has forced the CRPP to believe that there is every chance that their lives may be in danger. Besides, given the antecedents of the agencies the possibility of torture, coercion and intimidation are instruments indulged in by the agencies without impunity on the detained when s/he is in illegal custody. Read the rest of this entry »

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Letter of Protest to Chief Minister of the Government of West Bengal

Posted by Admin on October 11, 2009


To,
The Chief Minister,
Government of West Bengal, Kolkata Date: 6 October 2009

Subject: Memorandum concerning the arrest of Sri Chhatradhar Mahato and the deliberate creation of a fear psychosis among the people by the WB administration

Sir,

We, on behalf of many individuals and organizations, would like to draw your attention to certain disturbing developments with regard to the arrest of Sri Chhatradhar Mahato and its aftermath.

We are constrained to mention that the government seemingly does not exist in West Bengal; only a few police officials and bureaucrats, not the elected representatives, are now running the show.

Perhaps you are aware of the fact that we have already registered our strong protest against the arrest of Sri Mahato, who has been spearheading the people’s movement against police atrocities in Jangal Mahal. We have reasons to believe that he has been falsely implicated in criminal cases and booked under UAPA — one of the most draconian laws in post-1947 India. Read the rest of this entry »

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