[…] He [Lingaram Kodopi] returned to Dantewada in April this year after 300 homes were razed to rubble in a three-day police operation. He visited the burnt villages of Morpalli, Tadmetla and Timmapuram, saw the debris of attacks by the COBRA and Koya Commandos, met raped women and recorded on video precise narrations of police atrocities. He began to document the stories of his own people.
Kodopi was arrested on 10 September. Dantewada SP Ankit Garg confirmed that he has been booked under the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, the Chhattisgarh Public Security Act, and Sections 121, 124A and 120 B of the IPC for criminal conspiracy, sedition and waging war against the State.
On Independence Day this year, when Maoists tried to put up a black flag in Kodopi’s village, he tore it apart in front of them. When they directed his aunt, Soni Sori, to remove the Indian flag from her ashram school, she refused. “Too many people have died for this,” she told the rebels.[…]