[Himanshu Kumar FB Status Message] Update on Kartam Joga

करतम जोगा आदिवासी नेता हैं ! छत्तीसगढ़ सरकार ने इन्हें पिछले दो साल से जेल में बंद किया हुआ है ! क्योंकि इन्होने सलवा जुडूम के खिलाफ सर्वोच्च न्यायालय में याचिका दायर की थी ! अभी जब इनकी जमानत के लिये हाई कोर्ट में आवेदन किया गया तो सरकार ने जवाब दिया कि ये तो ‘फरार’ हैं ! जबकि वो सरकार की ही जेल में बंद हैं ! इतनी भीड़ में शायद सरकार भूल जाती है कि कौन कहाँ बंद है ?

Dear Friends
Kartam Joga’s bail application is up before the High court in Chhattisgarh. He has been in jail since Sept 2010. The government is apparently claiming that he is absconding!! CG has so many people in jail, they can’t find them!

From Amnesty International

Sure Binayak Sen Is Free, But What About Kartam Joga?

In Chhattisgarh and other parts of rural India violence between armed Maoist insurgents, state-sponsored militias, and government security forces have resulted in increased hardship for local residents, mostly poor adivasis. Dr. Sen and other human rights activists have struggled to provide services to locals and highlight the human rights abuses they suffer, often at great risk to their own lives and livelihoods. Take action now to call for the release of Kartam Joga, another human rights activist jailed in Chhattisgarh for his criticism of the state government and advocacy on behalf of civilians caught in the conflict.

Read the full article here.

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