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Lalgarh: PCPA Torches Forest Office, Demands Release of Its Members

Posted by Ka Frank on December 22, 2009

CPM office, like forest office, goes up in flames

Thaindian News, December 22, 2009

Pro-Maoist villagers torch range forest office in West Bengal

Palasia (West Bengal): Hundreds of villagers owing allegiance to People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA), a pro-Maoist organisation, stormed the premises of the Range Forest office near Palasia in west Midnapore district of West Bengal and set it on fire on Monday. The irate villagers said that they torched the office in retaliation to the police highhandedness and as a protest against the arrest of their local PCAPA functionaries.

“On the evening of sixth December 2009, the police swooped in here and dragged people who were working in the fields. They rounded up locals named Joydeb Bera and Raju Adak. And when ladies of the village went to question such atrocities, they charged canes…to protest against such a cruel attitude of the authorities, we have gathered here under the banner of People’s Committee against Police Atrocities, we are staging a sit in strike. Zindabad (hail) our crusade against police highhandedness and we will protest till Joydeb Bera and Adak are released,” said Sanatan Hansda, a PCAPA leader.

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Gajurel: Maoists May Revive Parallel Governments

Posted by Ka Frank on December 22, 2009

Telegraph Nepal, December 21, 2009

Parallel Govt in Nepal, Constitution from Streets Soon: Gajurel

C.P. Gajurel, Unified Maoists’ Party Secretary revealed that his party was mulling over to revive parallel governments in the country to which the former rebel party practiced during the decade long bloody revolt. “We have experience of running parallel government in the country”, said a beaming Gajurel talking to media on Sunday December 20, 2009.

Mr. Gajurel who is also considered as a hardliner in the Maoists’ camp further threatened that if ruling coalition continued to ignore the Maoists’ demands, the party could even go to the extent of declaring New Constitution and a Parallel Government right from the streets. Such a government, he said, would be led by the Maoists Party which has majority over the rest of the so-called parliamentary parties in Constituent Assembly.

In the meantime, reports coming from Western Tarai districts of the country have it that the Maoists’ Party has begun forming parallel governments in the districts and villages. Reports claim that after declaring Autonomous State of Tharuwan, December 12, 2009, the former rebel party in the 7 Municipalities and 177 VDCs of the districts of Dang, Banke, Bardia, Kailali and Kanchanpur has unilaterally declared Local Governments.

“The local Maoists’ government during third round of protest will manage the party cadres, which will later be converted into the full fledged parallel government”, add reports.

On Sunday the Maoists Party organized a program to declare the Ghorahi City Government in the district of Dang. The party has appointed 29 members in the City Council chaired by Parsuram Shrestha.

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Police Attack Dalit Human Rights Movement in Kerala

Posted by Ka Frank on December 22, 2009

Kerala Dalits demand land on rubber plantation

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Kerala’s So Called Dalit Terror: How a Dalit Minister Turns Against His Own Community

B.R.P. Bhaskar, Gulf Today, December 14, 2009

The fate of a set of proposals sent to the Kerala government by the State Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Commission illustrates how the political establishment scuttles efforts to address the problems of the weaker sections.

The Commission, headed by PK Sivanandan, a former IAS officer, received on Oct.6 a complaint from VV Selvaraj, chairman of Dalit Human Rights Movement (DHRM), alleging police atrocities against the organisation’s supporters in Varkala. It also received a petition signed by 536 Dalit women containing the same allegation. The commission forwarded the complaints to the Chief Secretary, the Director General of Police and the Secretaries to the Home and Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Welfare departments. It received no response from any of them.

Varkala was the scene of a dastardly murder on Sept.23. The victim was a person named Sivaprasad with no known affiliation. Within hours of the murder, the police said DHRM members had killed him to proclaim the organisation’s strength. Police swooped on Dalit colonies and arrested many DHRM workers. However, it has still not filed a charge-sheet in the murder case. Read the rest of this entry »

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