Monthly Archives: March 2012

[Kracktivist] Hunger Strike by more than 200 Political Prisoners in Maharashtra

Today, 23rd March, day of hanging of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukdev were hanged in jail by the British, is being observed by a day-long hunger strike by over 200 `political prisoners‘ in various jails in Maharashtra, including the Angela Sontakkey and four women prisoners in Byculla women’s jail and Sidharth Bhosale and Deepak Dengle of Kabir Kala Manch who are lodged at Arthur Road jail. […]

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[Resist POSCO] More Leaders of the Anti-POSCO Movement still in Jail under False Charges – Join the Struggle

Though Abhai Sahoo, the leader of anti-POSCO movement, was released on bail, there are five more activists, including former CPI MLA Narayan Reddy, from the movement is still in jail with fabricated false charges. The police also fabricated cases against Prasanth Paikre, the second most leader of the movement, and he is now in underground. Odisha State Government and police are trying to suppress the movement by fabricating false cases against leaders and activists. Around 800 activists are facing 200 fabricated false cases in the anti-POSCO movement. The movement is struggling hard to mobilize finance and legal help for those who are in jail. Please call up on your friends to mobilize support for the anti-POSCO movement.

One of the comments from this post:

Thanks for asking if you can do something. All of us can do a lot within our limitations. Please see if you can involve yourself in either one or more of the following actions: 1. You can make more friends in this group and ask your friends to make more friends and supporters for the anti-POSCO struggle. 2. The struggle needs financial resources. If you can collect support, we can connect you to the right person in the movement. 3. The struggle needs support of various skills, in writing, medical care, posters, video documentation, legal aid, etc. Perhaps you may be able to contribute in any of these. 4. Support through solidarity meetings or protests needs to be organised in different parts of the country. This is also one of the areas of involvement. 5. Fact-finding teams can be sent to the anti-POSCO movement and then, such a report can be publicised. And I am sure, if all of us think together, many other ways of support can be thought of. Do respond.

Here’s the facebook group: Resist POSCO

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[Resist POSCO] Young Activist of Anti-POSCO Struggle Got Arrested — Sidarth Patra

Young Activist of Anti-POSCO Struggle Got Arrested

Young activist Sidarth Patra of Anti-POSCO movement got arrested. Sidarth Patro is only 23 years old and he was arrested by Kujang police at 9 PM on March 15 (Thursday). Around 1,500 people from the movement got arrest warrants. Among them, 300 are women. The activists and people are closed themselves inside Dhinkia village and if they get out from there they will be arrested. Please condemn the police action, express solidarity and circulate the information.

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[The Hindu] Security Forces Harassing Tribal People

Thousands of people in the villages under Kashipur Block of Rayagada and adjacent Lakshmipur Block of Koraput districts were living under fear of being harassed by the gun-toting security personnel who were entering villages in the name of combing operation, alleged Bhagaban Majhi, convenor of the Kashipur-based Prakrutika Sampad Suraksha Parishad (PSSP). Talking to The Hindu in Bhubaneswar on Friday, Mr. Majhi alleged that the paramilitary forces had picked up Jaga Majhi, an innocent tribal man from Barigaon village from a weekly haat at Sankarada on March 13. The police had made false claims that Jaga Majhi was a Maoist and had surrendered before them, Mr. Majhi said.

Such has become the situation that tribal men and women were not stepping out of their homes apprehending harassment at the hands of the Central forces deployed in the area, said Majhi. […]

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[Video] 2009 Video of the Singaram, Dantewada Massacre (Trigger Warning)

In Singaram village of Dantewada (Chhattisgarh) 19 innocent tribals were murdered by State appointed SPOs. The motive behind killings was to clear the land for mining corporations. We took the case in Chhattisgarh High Court. But no justice so far, instead our office wad bulldozed by Government.

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[DNA] The illegitimate children of the Republic

[…] To the state machinery, it remains a story of he said-she said, as torture in police custody leaves no witnesses besides the tortured themselves. But in this case, the accused has a medical report from Kolkata to confirm her allegations. Even then, custodial violence is endemic.

The National Human Rights Commission is on record saying that 1,574 custodial deaths took place between April 2010 and March 2011. And between 2001 and 2011, there were around 15,231 custodial deaths, according to the Asian Centre for Human Rights.

The unaccounted and the unaccountable:

Meena Khalko, 16, was killed in an alleged encounter and accused as a Maoist. Allegations surfaced that she was raped and murdered. The Chhattisgarh home minister parroted his police officials, who said she was ‘habitual about sex’ and had links with truck drivers.

The character of Ishrat Jahan, who the SIT confirms was killed in a fake encounter recently, was questioned on the basis that her checking into a hotel room with another man was suspicious.

Of 99 cases of rape allegations against special police officers or security personnel in South Bastar, the NHRC enquiry team, (which has 15 police officials out of 16 members) investigated only five. In one instance, they visited the wrong village and construed that the allegations were baseless as they ‘obviously’ couldn’t find the victims. […]

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Weekly Protest in Mumbai on Mondays at 5:30pm, GPO side, VT Station Re: Soni Sori

Dear all

Soni Sori case has been listed for 4 times in the cause list of SC but has not come up for hearing, the only days when her case can come up is between tuesdays and friday.Hence, women groups have given a call for a weekly protest, every Monday , till the she is finally released, all of you are welcome to partiicpate in the demo and do mobilise to participate.

The women groups have decided to call for a weekly protest, till Soni Sori is Released.

We wil have a signature campaign, and will read her letters from the Jail .

WE ALL HOPE THIS MONDAY IS LAST DEMO FOR RELEASE OF SONI SORI

Monday —March 19TH
Time – 530pm
Venue – GPO side , VT STATION

Pl fwd all contacts in Mumbai

in solidarity

Kamayani

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Protest Custodial torture of Soni Sori: 24th March, 6 pm Town Hall, Bangalore

Stop Custodial Violence on Women

“Giving me electric shocks, stripping me naked, shoving stones inside me..Was the abuse on me not enough?…This is a plea from a helpless daughter…This is a mother’s plea for her children”,- Soni Sori in a letter to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

Soni Sori, a 35-year-old Adivasi school teacher in Chhattisgarh, has been languishing in Raipur Jail since October 2011, she has written letters from jail asking the Nation to help her. Soni has been tortured by the Chhattisgarh police – she complained that she was stripped naked and given electric shocks. A recent medical examination ordered by the Supreme Court at NRS Medical College and Hospital in Kolkatta found stones inserted in her vagina and rectum. Medical reports submitted to the court three days after her arrest show she sustained a head injury caused by a “hard and blunt object”, that she had tenderness in her back, and blackened fingers –a classic sign of electrocution.

The torture was under the supervision of Ankit Garg, Superintendent of Police. In a terrible twist of events he was given the President’s Award on Republic Day. Soni lives in Dantewada. a Naxalite stronghold. Last year, Soni fought with the Naxalites when they tried to stop her form hoisting the national flag on Independence Day. Naxalites shot her father in the leg saying he was a police informer. Yet the police first arrested her husband, and now Soni, for being Naxalite supporters! Because she has constantly fought for her people’s rights – for minimum wages. She has taken on powerful companies that want the Adivasis’ land, and the Chhattisgarh government that supports these companies. She has taken on the police for their illegal activities. Her nephew Lingaram Kodopi who has been arrested on the same charges is a trained journalist who has reported on the abysmal human rights record of the Chhattisgarh government from the ground. Now, fed up of being in jail, far from her three young children, Sori has gone on hunger strike. In a letter to her lawyer she writes: “We Adivasis are only fated to suffer atrocities and die. We Adivasis are a business for the government.’’

Due process has been violated in the case of Soni Sori repeatedly. When these injuries prevented Soni from being produced before a magistrate, an order converting her police custody into extended judicial custody was still signed by Additional District Judge Yogita Wasik without her presence – which is completely illegal. She was outside the court in a vehicle and never left it. She was chained to the bed while undergoing treatment for her injuries in a Raipur hospital, explicitly against Supreme Court orders. She was also incarcerated in police lockup for 24 hours against Supreme Court orders when taken to Kolkata for a medical re-examination. Soni has now testified on video that she has been threatened by the police to not reveal her custodial torture for fear that they will arrest her brother, the sole caretaker of her children.
The undersigned groups from Karnataka State strongly condemn the custodial sexual assault and torture of Soni Sori, an Adivasi school teacher from the Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh.

Our demands
*Immediately transfer Soni Sori out of the custody of Chhattisgarh police and ensure the provision of appropriate health care to Soni Sori without police interference.
*Set up an independent investigation into the conduct of Chhattisgarh law enforcement officials in the custodial sexual assault and torture of Soni Sori, and the immediate suspension of the responsible officers and prosecution under the PoA Act pending this inquiry
*Ensure the speedy completion of trial of Soni Sori and Lingaram Kodopi so that they do not languish for years in custody when their guilt has not been proven.
*Show public proof of the good health and safety of Lingaram Kodopi and other prisoners in Chhattisgarh police custody.
*Set up a high-level independent investigation team to look at the condition of prisoners, especially women, including in the state of Chhattisgarh, to determine whether other women may have been subjected to torture and other ill-treatment, and investigate the reality of prisoners’ access to health care.
*Enact the Prevention of Torture Bill and remove the need for prior state authorization to initiate criminal action against the officials implicated in custodial torture. Ratify the Convention on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
*Ensure that the latest central government grants to states to set up police stations in Maoist areas include support for independent monitoring of detention facilities including station lockups and jails by human rights commissions and civil society groups. Consider requiring police to videotape interrogations, especially in police stations in Naxalite areas.
*Work with civil society groups to train police on proper conduct toward women in custody.
*End the use of custodial torture, lengthy custodial holding on false charges, and constant police harassment as tools of repression against the adivasi and other residents of Chhattisgarh.

Come join us for a protest against the custodual torture and sexual assault of Soni Sori and many such women on 24th March 2012, Saturday, at Town Hall Steps, at 6.PM

LesBiT, SICHREM, Vimochana, Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression: WSS -Karnataka and WSS-National, People’s Union for Civil Liberties: PUCL-Bangalore, Alternative Law Forum (ALF)

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[LesBiT] Email Campaign Against Custodial Torture Re: Soni Sori

From LesBiT:

Dear Friends,
This is an appeal from LesBiT. We are starting an Email campaign to free Soni Sori. Attached is a example draft mail which can be personlised by you all not just as groups but also from your personal emails, in your own manner and sent to president of India and other people in position like the prime minister, Jayalalitha, National commission for women, National commission for Schedule caste/Schedule tribes, NHRC, and Chattisgarh SHRC.

emails – presidentofindia@rb.nic.in, manmohan@sansad.nic.in, drjjayalalitha@gmail.com, ncw@nic.in, chairperson.ncw@nic.in, chairperson@ncst.nic.in, ro-ncm@nic.in, covdnhrc@nic.in, ionhrc@nic.in, cghrcryp@sify.com

About Soni Sori
Soni Sori, a 35-year-old Adivasi school teacher in Chhattisgarh, has been languishing in Raipur Jail since October 2011, she has written letters from jail asking the Nation to help her. Soni has been tortured by the Chhattisgarh police – she complained that she was stripped naked and given electric shocks. A medical exam found small stones in her vagina and rectum. The torture was under the supervision of Ankit Garg, Superintendent of Police. In a terrible twist of events he was given the President’s Award on Republic Day. Soni lives in Dantewada. a Naxalite stronghold. Last year, Soni fought with the Naxalites when they tried to stop her form hoisting the national flag on Independence Day. Naxalites shot her father in the leg saying he was a police informer. Yet the police first arrested her husband, and now Soni, for being Naxalite supporters! Because she has constantly fought for her people’s rights – for minimum wages. She has taken on powerful companies that want the Adivasis’ land, and the Chhattisgarh government that supports these companies. She has taken on the police for their illegal activities. Now, fed up of being in jail, far from her three young children, Sori has gone on hunger strike. In a letter to her lawyer she writes: “We Adivasis are only fated to suffer atrocities and die. We Adivasis are a business for the government.”

In Solidarity
Sunil
LesBiT

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