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Visit to the Police State of Chhattisgarh

Posted by Ka Frank on January 5, 2010

This article was published on South Asian Citizens Web on January 4, 2009.

India: An account of a visit to the police state of Chhattisgarh

Nandini Sundar

Ujjwal Kumar Singh, Professor of Political Science, Delhi University and I have just returned (January 1st) from a visit to the police state of Chhattisgarh. Ujjwal had gone for research and I had gone for a combination of research and verification purposes to assess the livelihood situation of villagers for our case before the Supreme Court, both entirely legitimate activities.

In Dantewada, we had checked into Hotel Madhuban on the 29th of December around 2 pm without any problems, only to be told later that night that the management required the entire hotel to be instantly emptied out because they were doing some puja to mark the death anniversary of the hotel owner. We refused to leave at night, and were told we would have to leave at 6 am instead because the rooms had to be cleaned. As expected, other guests checked in the next morning, puja notwithstanding.

At Sukma, we were detained by the police and SPOs at the entrance to the town from about 7.30 till 10 pm, with no explanation for why they had stopped us, and no questions as to why we were there or what our plans were. We were denied lodging – all the hotel owners had been told to claim they were full and refuse us rooms, and the forest and PWD departments had been advised not to make their guesthouses available, since ‘Naxalites’ were coming to stay. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chhattisgarh: PUCL Condemns Detention of Gandhian Himanshu Kumar

Posted by Ka Frank on January 5, 2010

Vanvasi Chetna Ashram before it was demolished in May 2009

This article was published on on January 4, 2010.

PUCL condemns the detention of Himanshu of VCA

The People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) condemns the detention of Himanshu Kumar of Vanvasi Chetna Ashram (VCA), Dantewada and PUCL State Executive member of Chhattisgarh at Kanker Police Station today 3rd January, 2010.  This detention has been made on the eve of the Public Hearing that was being organised by VCA on the atrocities being committed by police and security forces in that area.

According to the VCA, the detention of Himanshu at this stage is to clearly sabotage the hearing. According to PUCL national president Prabhakar Sinha and General Secretary Pushkar Raj  Himanshu’s detention follows a series of harassment that he and his organisation have been subjected to which include:

· Demolition of his ashram outside Dantewda.

· Arrest of Sukhnath on 1st August, ’09 and of Kopa Kunjam on 10th December, ’09, both senior activists of VCA , under Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act, 2005, who were trying to implement the SC [Supreme Court] orders of implementing the Internally displaced people.

· Preventing Himanshu from taking out a padyatra [journey on foot] through the villages of Dantewada district in December, ‘09. Read the rest of this entry »

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Murdering Generals in Nepal Army Publicly Exposed

Posted by Ka Frank on January 5, 2010

Major Gen. Singh, murderer of 49 Maoist prisoners

This post was published on My Republica, January 5, 2009

Nepal Army & human rights

The Nepal Army has received yet another setback with the Supreme Court’s order to the government not to implement its decision to promote Major General Toran Jung Bahadur Singh till Sunday. Chief Justice Anup Raj Sharma has said the court will decide on Sunday whether or not to stop his promotion. The fact that the apex court has asked the government to defer implementation of its decision in itself points to the seriousness with which the court has taken the case.

It is still not certain if Singh had any hand in grave human rights violations at Bhairabnath Battalion where 49 Maoist detainees were allegedly taken out of army barracks and killed in the Shivapuri Jungles. Since Singh was commander of the 10th Brigade that controlled Bhairabnath Battalion when the alleged murders took place many have argued that he should be held responsible as someone in the chain of command. Singh’s case has now landed in the apex court and it will be interesting to see how it gets resolved.

But one thing is sure: The court order has once again tarnished the image of the army whose human rights record remains dubious at best. Singh´s case may be a complicated one and perhaps it first needs thorough investigation of the Bhairabnath incident, but the army has been reluctant to take up even more obvious cases of human rights violation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Maoists Call for Militant People’s Movement to Win Telangana State

Posted by n3wday on January 5, 2010

This article was published  on BreakingNews on December 27, 2009.

Naxals call for ‘armed struggle’ to press for separate Telangana State

Hyderabad: Breaking News! The worst fears of the Centre and Andhra Pradesh has come true, as Maoists joined the Telangana debate. The Naxalites have called in for a militant mass struggle to achieve a separate Telangana state.

Azad, the spokesperson of the Central Committee of the outlawed CPI (Maoist), issued a statement, saying a separate state of Telangana is an “inalienable right” of the four crore people of the region.

Azad also called for a united militant mass struggle against the Congress regime and the “betrayers” in various political parties. He did not spare any party, and lashed out at the Congress, BJP, TDP, CPI and CPI (M), accusing him playing vote bank politics over Telangana issue.  The Maoist leader did not spare KCR’s Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), saying it wasted over five years, begging Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

Anand: ‘An extension of struggle for self-respect’

Express Buzz, January 3, 2010

VISAKHAPATNAM: The CPI (Maoist) has said that the Centre should first take a political decision on the creation of a Telangana state and then engage all the stakeholders, including political parties, in talks to sort out issues relating to separation in an amicable manner. The party is of the view that the ‘doubts of a few people in the Andhra region’ are being exploited by vested interests of that region to prevent formation of Telangana.

“There is no need for any concern among the people since they could go anywhere in the country for education or living and the same holds good even in respect of Telangana,” the party said. In an interview to Express, Anand, a member of the CPI-Maoist politburo and secretary of the central regional committee, spoke at length on the Telangana issue as well as other statehood agitations.  Anand is one of the top ranking leaders of the outlawed group and has worked in the Telangana region before moving to the central committee. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal: Maoists Work Toward Compromise with Madhesi Parties

Posted by n3wday on January 5, 2010

This article was published on Nepal News.

Maosts, Madhesi parties agree on conditional support to statute amendment

The main opposition Unified CPN (Maoist) has made a U-turn in its stance agreeing to support seventh amendment of the interim constitution on condition to reinstate Paramananda Jha as the vice president.

The close-door meeting between the Maoists and Madhesi leaders held Monday  morning forged such consensus. The meeting also decided to file amendment to the bill which only allows individuals to take oath in his or her mother  tongue.

The Madhes-based parties, including those in the ruling coalition, have  opposed the amendment bill saying it would not reactivate Jha. According to sources, Maoist leaders sought support from the Madhes-based parties of the  current ruling coalition to form Maoist-led government in exchange for their support to reinstate Jha.

Senior leaders of Sadbhawana Party, Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (Loktantrik), Terai Madhes Loktantrik Party and UCPN (Maoist) attended the meeting.

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Philippines: CPP Exposes Claims of NPA Mass Surrenders

Posted by Ka Frank on January 5, 2010

This statement appeared on Philippine Revolution on January 2, 2010

CPP dismisses AFP claims of NPA surrenders

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today dismissed claims of Arroyo government officials that at least 2,500 New People’s Army (NPA) members surrendered to the government last year. According to the CPP, these claims of NPA surrenders are “just recycled psywar spins of the fascist officials of the US-Arroyo regime in an effort to downplay the strength of the revolutionary movement.”

“The fact is, military and security officials of the Arroyo government have nothing to show to support its claim that it has succeeded in reducing the strength of the revolutionary armed movement,” said the CPP. “Arroyo’s military and security officials have resorted to making false claims to make up for their failure to achieve their declared target of defeating or reducing the NPA to inconsequentiality as early as last year.”

“Through the past years, military officials have routinely organized assemblies showing off supposed surrenderees who are invariably local residents forced to pose for the AFP’s publicity stunts,” added the CPP. “We anticipate the AFP to continue with more of these gimmicks as the Oplan Bantay Laya ends as Arroyo’s term officially ends this year.”

“These publicity gimmicks also aim to justify the release of funds for supposed rebel-returnee livelihood programs which are actually pocketed by top defense, armed forces and security officials.” According to Malacanang, as much as P65.62 million was released last year for the government’s Social Integration Program (SIP).

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