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Lalgarh: We’ll fight for Jangalkhand autonomy: PCPA

Posted by Admin on August 31, 2009


Binpur students protest agianst police camps

Binpur students protest agianst police camps

Like the Gorkha and Koch outfits in North Bengal, Peoples Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCPA) the tribal organization in Jangalkhand in
south Bengal has raised the call for autonomy.

Speaking exclusively to TOI from his hideout near Lalgarh, wanted PCPA leader Chhatradhar Mahato declared, “We, the sons of the soil, want the rights to the land, jungle and water of Jangalkhand. We want total autonomy because our people and land should be ruled by us.” He did not rule out the possibility of a statehood demand. ” We will soon set up an united ethnic platform to raise our demand for autonomy.” This is the first time the tribal leadership has expressed a clear autonomy demand.

With this fresh issue, PCPA which had emerged as a resistance group to counter police excess in the far-flung tribal villages has morphed into a full-fledged ethnic organization. Read the rest of this entry »

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Manipur witnesses 30 agitations in past four months

Posted by Admin on August 10, 2009


Torch rally being taken out at Ichum Keirap against the BT road firing incident of July 2

Torch rally being taken out at Ichum Keirap against the BT road firing incident of July 2

ALMOST EVERY day in the past 140 days ie since January 1 this year till date, the people of Manipur have been witnessing some form of agitations, protests, bandhs or strikes, which has led to complete havoc in their lives.

Out of a total of 30 different forms of protests or agitations, 19 were bandhs or general strikes (state-wide and district-wide), which affected normal life for 20 days during the period from January 1 to April 30. These statistics do not include the currently ongoing agitations like the protest by the volunteers and supporters of Manipur Forward Youth Front (MAFYF) against the arrest of its president Sapamcha Kangleipal and his detention under National Security Act (NSA). Protests against the shooting and injuring of a student of Manipur University (MU) in Imphal, against the killing of a person at Ningthoukhong in Bishnupur district by troops of the 15 Jammu and Kashmir light infantry last weekend are also currently on.

Even today, police is busy dispersing protestors, who stormed the Chief Minister’s bungalow demanding justice in the shooting at the MU student, Ranjit, by a personnel of the Manipur Rifles during frisking and checking last weekend, while a local JAC formed in connection with the killing of one Shyamjai hailing from Moirang in Bishnupur district imposed bandh along the Imphal-Churachandpur section of national highway (NH) -150 (Tiddim road). Passenger service operators of all kinds, including auto-rickshaw service operators and inter state bus services, had on many occasions suspended their services, which disturbed the normal movement of people repeatedly. Apart from this, many state as well district level student bodies also launched various kinds of agitations like the closure of government offices and imposition of economic blockades on the highways. Read the rest of this entry »

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Say No to Encounter Killings! Observe National Day of Protest against Encounter Killings on 14th August

Posted by Admin on August 10, 2009


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Say No to Encounter Killings!

This Independence Day, Demand freedom from Encounters

Observe National Day of Protest against Encounter Killings on 14th August

Assemble at ITO Chowk, 3.30 pm, 14th Aug (Friday)

The Jamia Teachers Solidarity Association along with other organisations has called for a National Day of Protest on 14 August 2009 against the continuing trend of ‘encounter’ killings by state forces, the arbitrary arrests of Muslim youth and the blatant whitewashing of such crimes by state agencies. All this in the name of ‘national security’ and ‘war against terror’.

The cold-blooded murder of Chungkham Sanjit, a 27-year old Manipur youth in broad daylight on 23 July by the Manipur Police Commandos, barely 500 meters from the state assembly building in Imphal, has once again highlighted the sordid truth about ‘encounter’ killings in India. While the MPC had claimed initially that Sanjit had been killed while escaping during a routine screening operation, their lie was nailed by a series of photographs published by the Tehelka magazine, which showed the unarmed, peaceful youth was shot by the commandos without provocation. In addition, a pregnant woman, Mrs. Rabina and the five-month-old child in her womb were also killed, while five others were wounded.

Last year on 19 September the Delhi police had carried out a similar ‘encounter’ against alleged ‘terrorists’ of the Indian Mujahideen at Batla House in New Delhi. This would have been another routine ‘encounter’ if not for the nationwide outcry from human rights groups, students and academics. Read the rest of this entry »

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Manipur: Life In A Shadow Land

Posted by Admin on August 8, 2009


The victim from the shoot-out at Khwaramband Bazaar in which a suspected insurgent and an innocent young mother were killed and five persons including two women and one Assam Rifles personnel in civil dress were injured

The victim from the shoot-out at Khwaramband Bazaar in which Sanjit and an innocent young mother were killed and five persons including two women and one Assam Rifles personnel in civil dress were injured

As Manipur comes to a boil in the aftermath of a fake encounter, SHOMA CHAUDHURY maps the fractured truths and complex wars raging in the state. Photographs by SHAILENDRA PANDEY Source: Tehalka

ON JULY 23, 2009, on an ordinary day in Imphal, six people were going about their morning chores in a crowded market on BT Road. P Lukhoi Singh, a rider working with the Assam Rifles, had just delivered a packet to the SP (CID) and had stopped to chat with a friend. Gimamgal, a peon, was cycling to work. Ningthonjam Keshorani, mother of three, was selling fruit. W Gita Rani had just visited her doctor and was trying to catch an autorickshaw. Rabina Devi, five months pregnant, was holding her 2-year-old son Russel’s hand and buying a banana before she met up with her husband, working at a mobile shop. And 22-year-old Chongkham Sanjit, a former insurgent, was on his way to buy medicine for a sick uncle in hospital. Read the rest of this entry »

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Manipur: RPF thanks people, flays CM, MLAs

Posted by Admin on August 7, 2009


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Imphal, August 06 2009: The proscribed Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF) today thanked the people of Manipur for having boldly stood up against what the outfit called “terrorist” Manipur police commandos, and also castigated the Chief Minister, Okram Ibobi and the rest of the members of the Manipur Legislative Assembly for callously supporting the Chief Minister in giving permission to the police commandos to continue their killing spree.

A press release issued by GM Changjou, Chief of Department of Publicity, RPF thanked the people, clubs, organisations, etc.

for defying the curfew and fighting with the rubber bullets, tear gas shells, etc.of the police commandos using catapults and stones. Read the rest of this entry »

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Manipuris continue to defy curfew

Posted by Admin on August 7, 2009


Hundreds of people, including women participated in the processions on Tinsid Road

Hundreds of people, including women participated in the processions on Tinsid Road

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IMPHAL: Notwithstanding Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi announcing a judicial inquiry into the July 23 killings here and ordering the suspension of the policemen involved in the fake encounter, thousands of men and women continued to defy curfew. They blocked roads with burning tyres, logs, boulders and glass pieces.

Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram is reported to have rung up Mr. Ibobi, who was camping at the Manipur House in New Delhi, to know why a judicial inquiry was not instituted if the State government was so certain that it was an encounter. Soon after his arrival here on Wednesday, Mr. Ibobi announced the government decision on the inquiry and suspension.

The Chief Minister refused to disclose the names of the policemen suspended, during a press conference here.

On Wednesday night, thousands of women held torch-light rallies. Similar demonstrations were reported from the four valley districts and the hill district, Chandel.

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Manipur Fake Shootout: Police foil torch rallies at many places

Posted by Admin on August 6, 2009


Manipur women folk staging rally

Manipur women folk staging rally

Related post: Manipur: Murder in plain sight

Imphal, August 05 2009: There were scuffles between the state security forces and Meira Paibis (women torch bearers) at many places when the women took to the streets with bamboo torches at many places in Imphal East and West districts tonight.

The Apunba Lup, a conglomerate of various civil society organisations organised torch rallies defying the curfew imposed since last night.

The rallies began at 8 pm tonight.

The scuffles started when the Manipur Police and IRB personnel tried to disperse the rallyists at Khurai, Singjamei and many other localities.

The police personnel used tear gas shells and rubber bullets to stop the torch rallies and disperse them.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Working Committee of Apunba Lup, the apex body of civil society organizations in Manipur spearheading the agitation against the killing of a young pregnant mother and a former PLA member leading a normal life, has lined up its next course of action after the 48-hour state-wide bandh which ended at midnight of August 4.Torch rallies have been planned to be taken out in all localities at 8 p.m.on August 5 under the banner “Chief Minister Ibobi should resign on moral ground, punish the guilty police commandos,” Apunba Lup had stated in a press release.

The scuffles started when the Manipur Police and IRB personnel tried to disperse the rallyists at Khurai, Singjamei and many other localities.

Manipur64664The police personnel used tear gas shells and rubber bullets to stop the torch rallies and disperse them.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Working Committee of Apunba Lup, the apex body of civil society organizations in Manipur spearheading the agitation against the killing of a young pregnant mother and a former PLA member leading a normal life, has lined up its next course of action after the 48-hour state-wide bandh which ended at midnight of August 4.Torch rallies have been planned to be taken out in all localities at 8 p.m.on August 5 under the banner “Chief Minister Ibobi should resign on moral ground, punish the guilty police commandos,” Apunba Lup had stated in a press release.

Meanwhile, reports have been received from many localities in both Imphal districts where people came out on the roads defying the prohibitory orders to vent their anger and protest against the government and the police commandos.

Roads were blocked, effigies of Chief Minister, DGP and police commandos were burnt and slogans demanding the resignation of the Chief Minister were shouted by people in Khurai areas, the locality of the deceased Sanjit, who was shot dead by Manipur police commandos on July 23 .

The chief minister returned to Imphal today and drove away without meeting the media amidst tight security, disappointing reporters who had gone to the airport to get his comment.

The prohibitory orders had added to the misery of the common people who have already been suffering during the 48-hour bandh called by Apunba Lup.

People who came out early in the morning in the hope of buying some supplies were chased back home by state security forces.

The worst affected are the daily wage earners who have had to endure three days without work and earning, and their patience is almost running out. E-Pao

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Chhattisgarh: Protest Rally over fake encounter Killing of Seven Villagers

Posted by Admin on August 5, 2009


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July 1st: Over five thousand tribals of Tongpal area of Dantewada district observed a rally which later converted into a public meeting as a mark of protest against the stated fake killing of seven tribals by the security forces naming them naxals at village Kokawada under Tongpal police station area on 20th this month.

The rally started from the Panchayat building premises located at village Kedmaraas, 7 kms away from Tongpal on Monday afternoon. After crossing seven kms long journey the rally converted into a public meeting at Tongpal. This meeting and rally was attended over by about 5000 tribals of the area consisting of all community (clans) of tribals.

In th meeting, taken place last evening at Tongpal the participants demanded unanimously to provide an x-gratia of rupees 10 lacs each to the family members of seven tribal villagers of village Soutnar, who have been killed by the police showing fake encounter and falsely naming them as naxals who were in fact the innocent tribals villagers. The second demand raised was to conduct judicial inquiry into the happenings on 20th June, there at Kokawada and lastly it was urged to the Government that the justice should be given to the villagers without prejudices and the culprits must be punished.

It is to recall that, on 20th June in a naxal land-mine blast eleven CRPF cops have lost their lives and nine had been injured. Later, police has claimed to kill seven naxals in encounter there immediately after the blast. From the vary date of the incident, the voices of various communities of the tribals along-with the leadership of Congress and CPI, was raised that these killed seven persons were innocent tribals having no nexus with the naxals. eTDS

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Chengara: A photo essay

Posted by Admin on August 4, 2009


Pictures on 2008.

An artist has left these words on the walls of Chengara…May victory be theirs and Humanity

Chengara audience

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Excerpts from Sudeep’s Blog (Backdrop)

[The news from Chengara (ചെങ്ങറ) is depressing. Women are being abducted and raped, men kidnapped, in addition to over two weeks of cutting off food and other lifeline supplies to people who have been protesting peacefully for more than an year now.]

Armed with a lot of gumption and confident that i would be able to fare better than others at my tryst with tyranny, i set on my mission- to Capture Chengara and the lives of thousands who are stranded in the settlement with the no supplies and no government help.

32 day old samaraja was born amidst calamity, her mother looks after her with the supplies that manage to reach her, Sarun her elder brother is malnourished and has health problems.

[Over 5000 families of landless Dalits, Adivasis and other marginalised people started this protest on 4th August 2007 claiming 6000 acres of land (you read that right — six thousand acres) that is illegally kept by Harrison Malayalam Private Ltd in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. Around 24,000 people from different parts of the region have moved to this area, with tents with poles and plastic sheets. ]


A year long protest has left Ambika (60) and Sarojini tired.

George (58) has a bad heart which is failing his body..he wants to live a better life but first needs some medicines.

Panchami (60) was begging for a bit of rice when my lens fell upon her.

Chicken pox has left her scarred Nimmi (11), it could have killed her, thanks to the traditional Neem therapy.

Mani (55) is an asthama patient, with agrrevated breathing problems, his life is a misery these days. When he is caught unawares by a bout of asthamatic attack, he frantically looks for his friend who has an inhaler from which he is allowed a small share.
Almost 20 women who had camped at 4th counter of the protest grounds. The women have various diseases like fever, chickenpox etc… Availability of food is their main concern.

Related post: Dcember 2007:  Chengara Land Struggle in Kerala

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Protests over fake encounter killing in Manipur intensify

Posted by Admin on August 4, 2009


‘If Chief Minister has misled the House, he should resign on moral grounds’
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Women block the road during a general strike on Monday in protest against the alleged fake encounter in Kakwa, Imphal.

IMPHAL: Life was disrupted in Manipur on Monday as a result of the 48-hour general strike called by Apunba Lup, an amalgamation of 32 social organisations. The general strike began from midnight on Sunday.

People are demanding a judicial probe into the firings in Imphal city on July 23 which killed two persons, including a pregnant woman, and injured five others. They are also demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh for misleading the House.

Photographic evidence

Published photographic evidence shows that Chungkham Sanjit was taken inside a pharmacy and shot dead. They also show that there was no encounter or recovery of weapons from Sanjit. Soon after the publication of the tell-tale photographs, Mr. Ibobi rushed to New Delhi to attend meetings. Lodged at the Manipur House, the Chief Minister is not taking any visitors. Read the rest of this entry »

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Uttar Pradesh: Farmers protest against acquisition of land for international airport in Kushinagar

Posted by Admin on August 3, 2009


naxal_schoolJULY 5th, KUSHINAGAR – Farmers in Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh have staged a protest against the acquisition of their land for an international airport.

The place is connected by road only.

Although it has an airstrip, it is not enough to meet increasing volume of tourists from across the world.

The government had hence taken a decision to develop an international airport in the city.

The land required for the airport site is cultivable and the farmers who own the land are not willing to part with it, as it is their only source of livelihood.

Farmers from two villages fear losing their land and homes to the airport site, whereas farmers from six more villages may lose their cultivable land. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hands off Lalgarh!

Posted by Admin on July 17, 2009


Stop State Terror – Scrap the SEZs

Picket of the Indian High Commission
The Aldwych, London WC1

Friday 24 July 2009, 3.30pm – 5.30pm

In a test case establishing the fact that its model of neoliberal ‘development’ will be enforced through unrestrained violence the Indian central government is carrying out a massive paramilitary campaign in Lalgarh and surrounding areas in the adivasi (aboriginal) -dominated western region of West Bengal state. They are attempting to mercilessly crush an uprising against police atrocities and the seizure of land for the establishment of a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) by Jindal Steel Works, an Indian multinational.

Join the picket in support of the demands of the people of Lalgarh!

· Unconditional apology from the superintendent of police and the police personnelinvolved in the operations for the indiscriminate arrests, torture, rapes and illegal detentions.

· Compensation for those injured and for the families of those murdered in the attacks.

· All negotiations to be held in public and not behind closed doors.

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