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Salwa Judum Terror drives 50,000 adivasi’s into Andhra Pradesh

June 7, 2007

Salwa Judum excesses drives more than 50,000 tribals into AP
Wednesday June 6 2007 15:11 IST

KHAMMAM: The tribals of villages bordering Chattisgarh in Bhadrachalam division are living in constant fear.

Thousands of Adivasis have either migrated to Andhra or fled to forests in Chattisgarh due to the excesses committed by the Salwa Judum, a private army created by the Chattisgarh government to suppress the Naxal movement.

According to former MLA of Kunta in Chattisgarh Maneesh Kunja, about 50,000 Adivasis crossed the borders to save their skins. So far the activists of Salwa Judum killed 500 innocent Girijans on the pretext that they were assisting Naxalites, he added.

The Adivasis are sandwiched between Naxalites and Salwa Judum. About 2,000 houses of Adivasis have been reduced to ashes and they were robbed of their cattle, sheep and pigs, Maneesh said.

The exodus of Adivasis has become an headache for the Girijans this side of the border as Salwa Judum activists indulge in frequent raids pursuing their targets and forcibly take away their hens and sheep.

A public meeting held at Charla in Bhadrachalam division on June 2 denouncing the excesses of Salwa Judum was attended by 50,000 Adivasis speaks volumes about the intensity of the problem they are facing.

The Communist Party of India extended its support to the Adivasis and vowed to protect them from the Salwa Judum. CPI State secretary K Narayana and Maneesh demanded that the BJP government led by Raman Singh ban the Salwa Judum and file criminal cases against the activists of the latter.

The Salwa Judum was formed on June 4, 2005 under the leadership of opposition leader Mahendra Karma to wipe out the Naxalites.

But the Salwa Judum instead of killing the Naxalites were targetting the Adivasis, said All India Adivasi Mahasabha leader R Sankar Naik.

Thousands of Adivasis were leading a pathetic life in the camps run by Salwa Judum, he added. The Adivasis have been deprived of essential commodities as the Salwa Judum activists forced the closure of their weekly shandies, Sankar Naik said and demanded the withdrawal of Mizo and Naga forces from the Chhatisgarh, probe into the murders and lootings committed by the Salwa Judum, recall of migrated Adivasis and provide succour to them.

Otherwise he said the Adivasi Mahasabha would intensify its agitation in South Bastar in Chhattisgarh.

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Salwa Judum goons terrorise bastar..

June 5, 2007

Seven CPI workers injured in clash

Raipur, June 3: At least seven CPI members, including a panchayat representative, were seriously injured today in a clash with activists of anti-Naxal movement Salwa Judum in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh.

“All the seven injured have been admitted to Dornapal hospital in a serious condition,” CPI national executive member Chitta Ranjan Bakshi told reporters from Dantewada.

When contacted, Dantewada police confirmed the incident and said SP Rahul Sharma had left for the spot.

The incident took place near Dornapal when the CPI leaders and workers were returning from Cherla in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh after attending a meeting against the Salwa Judum and Naxal threat, police and CPI leaders said.

About 20,000 people had left their villages in Dantewada district because of the Salwa Judum and Naxal threat and took shelter in Andhra Pradesh and it was a CPI organised meeting in Cherla against their forced ouster, Bakshi said.

Initially, the vehicles of CPI leaders were blocked near Injeram, because of which they returned to Konta block headquarters and with police escort they crossed the Konta police station area, CPI leaders said.

After crossing the Konta area, they were passing through Dornapal area when Salwa Judum activists stopped their vehicles.

“Initially there was a verbal duel followed by the attack in which at least seven CPI leaders and workers were seriously injured and admitted to hospital.”

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Chhattisgarh Terror Police exhibiting their natural behaviour

May 30, 2007

Khakhi Rakshashas exhibiting their natural behaviour

One Khaki Rakshas kicks the old adivasi in his face while another pulls his
hair , the other two Rakshashas watch with amusement,
while the old man breaks down into tears.

This type of behaviour can been seen all over Chhattisgarh and
more so in Bastar where msotly non-adivasi police personnel rape,
murder and loot the adivasi’s at will. Most adivasi’s
are considered sub-humans by caste hindus who now rule Chhattisgarh.

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Chhattisgarh: Dr.Ilina is the latest target

May 30, 2007

After Dr Binayak Sen and Rajendra Sail now the Chhattisgarh Terror
Police is after Dr Ilina Sen..

Chhattisgarh: Dr.Ilina is the latest target

We invites all to join the huge rally protest of raipur on 31st. This will be a strong message to the repressive and undemoctaric state. . We hope you are already preparing to reach Raipur to join the voices of dissent.

Venue : KHALSA SCHOOL, near Pandri Bus stand, Pandri Accommodation: Pastoral Centre, near Holy Cross School, Baron Bazar Contact Person : Adv. Sudha Bhardwaj (mobile: 099266-03877)


Another major concern is about the threat of Dr. Ilina Sen getting arrested. This news is being spread by the CG police themselves and hence also the CG local press. Sources close to police confirm that they do plan to arrest her on the grounds of being owner of the house from where “incriminating evidence” was found.

This is ridiculous and should get on the nerves of anyone who has any allegiance to human rights or civil liberties. Friends, it is high-time we show the CG government that lawlessness and absolute human rights violations will not be tolerated by people. We hope the 31st programme becomes a common ground of this declaration.

From Delhi, we have friends including Shri. Achin vanaik (CNDP), Prof. Kamal Chenoy (JNU), Shri. Ashok Vajpayee, Shri Anil Choudhury (President, INSAF), Shri. J John (Chief Editor, Labour File) and Shri. Viraj Pattnaik (Centre for Equity Studies) among others who plan to be at the programme on the 31st at Raipur…

On Behalf of Delhi Solidarity Group and Sangharsh 2007, Sridevi Panikkar (09868099304) and Shreeprakash (09871880686) will be in Raipur to help with the coordination required… We are yet to get the names from PUCL, PUDR and MFC, as to who will be going…

However, the ground situation in Chhattisgarh continues to be extremely bad with more and more people’s movements and activists being targeted. Radheshyam Sharma is still in jail, but atleast he has ended his hunger strike and is not getting tortured compared to Piyush Guha or some others… Another issue is lack of pro-active legal support that is required from legal experts on HR issues and draconian legislations…

In Solidarity,
Vijayan MJ

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The truth of Naxal-Police encounter : An interview with SPO sarpanch of Santoshpur

May 30, 2007

Originally posted on Cgnet
Link via Resistanceindia

Q Please tell on that day what time did you start your journey from here ( towards the village)
A : From here, we started at 0430. 0430 we went from here.

Q: So what happened after that?
A : When we went their, there were Sangham people. We caught them. When we surrounded them, one slipped away.

Q After that ?
A : One slipped away, we got hold of one and were returning with him. We saw a party was coming from the other side. The party took us back. They called us back.

Q : Second party, was it a police party
A : Yes

Q : What happened after that?
A : After that the second party came, the police party from Cherpal side. We waited for that party. They brought Sangham people with them from wherever they got and then after bringing them in the village killed them

Q: How were they killed?
A : by axe

Q: How many people were killed?
A : 6 people

Q : 6 people were killed, so who were the killers, police?
A : SP0 people

Q : SPOs killed them. So you didn’t stop them that they should not be killed?

A : We asked them not to kill Sir. We said they are our village people, we need to save them. But they said who are you to save them?

Q : So the killing was done only by SPOs ?
A : DF ( District Force) people were also there.

Q :Why were they brought to Santoshpur to kill ?

A : That I don’t know sir. This is known to the second party Sir.

Q : Villagers say some of them were collecting Mahua?
A : Yes Sir, some of them had baskets with them. They also had mahua in those baskests.

Q : These are the people who were killed
A : Yes

Q :So they were Sangham members or Mahua collectors ?
A : One or two were Mahua collectors. Rest were Sangham members

Q : Rest were Sangham members ?
A : …( silence)

Q : What is your full name
A : Gangaram Emla

Q : You are from Santoshpur, what is your post there?
A : I am the sarpanch of Santoshpur

Q : Are you sarpanch or a panch
A : Sarpanch

Salwa judam booklet published by CPI(Maoist) Chhattisgarh State committe

May 30, 2007
Source: Recieved via email and also posted by resistanceindia

We introduce a booklet on Salwa judam published by CPI(Maoist) Chhattisgarh State committe . Download

CONTENTS

Introduction 7

Factual Description of Salwa Judum 13

The Class Basis: Concrete role of
the Feudals, CBB & Imperialists 34

LPG Onslaught: No less than a war
against the whole people43

The Mechanisms of Imperialist Rule: 67

Politico-Economic & Politico-Military
Chapter 5 The State sends out its invading 75

Occupational army
Chapter 6 The People’s War of Resistance 85

in Bastar (Chhattisgarh) & Jharkhand
Conclusion 94

Appendix 1 Letter of the CPI (Maoist) to the ICI. 102

Appendix 2 Excerpts from the article “Maoists in India – 116

You can download in PDF format at the below location also

http://naxalrevolution.googlepages.com/SJ_The_Inside_Story.pdf

A telgu document on Salwa Judum – Poru Mahila Salwa Judum Spl

May 30, 2007

Source : Received this by email from unknown individual

This is a telgu document printed in september 2006 and has 46 pages in length.
I do not understand Telgu and hence do not know what is printed but
I am posting it so that those who can read it will do so.

Two images which appear in the file showing what I think show the adivasi
Maoist sympathisers.


Download the PDF document file

http://naxalrevolution.googlepages.com/Poru_Mahila__Salwa_Judum_Spl_.pdf

Aiding the menace

May 28, 2007

Aiding the menace

There is a disturbing pattern in how governance seems to work in our country these days. Substantive problems — widespread and persistent illiteracy, collapse of state authority in Naxal-infested states, trafficking of women, widespread corruption — are ignored. Instead, the instruments of the State take recourse to periodic grandstanding to divert the attention from the real problem on hand. So dance bars are banned in Mumbai but the not the brothels, caste quotas are instituted in place of providing universal primary education. The Chattisgarh government’s Salva Judum anti-Naxalite campaign falls in this wool-over-your-eyes category, but in some ways it is actually worse since it actually aggravates an already serious problem.

If the State has one defining attribute, it is that of inflicting legal organised violence. But Chattisgarh has, with the active encouragement of the Union Home Ministry, allowed a motely crew of private individuals to unleash war on the Maoists in the state. According to estimates, this has led to a sharp escalation of violence in which the hapless tribals have been ground between the stones of Maoists and the state-sponsored militia. Tens of thousands of people displaced now live in some 27 state-run camps. By creating conditions in which non-combatants are being pushed into harm’s way, the state is abdicating its own role in fighting the Maoists. Regrouping villages is a tactic tried out in Malaysia and Vietnam. It is more brutal than ineffective and in the case of Chattisgarh, is being applied with characteristic incompetence, leaving the villagers with no livelihood and hence prey to Maoist recruitment. The reason why the British won in Malaya in the Fifties was not because of the forced relocation of villages, but because they successfully turned the majority Malay community against the minority Chinese, who formed the core of the communist guerilla movement.

The issue of Maoist violence and its spread in several Indian states is a serious matter. There is no doubt that it has to be tackled urgently. It requires good governance, employment opportunities and an effective law and order machinery. Needless to say, all this is easier said than done. But one thing is certain, responsibility for the task rests firmly with the government — at the state level and the Centre — not the hapless villagers.

Hindusthan Times

State Vs Naxals

May 25, 2007

The author of this article blogs at shivamvij.com

STATE VS NAXALS

VIGILANTE STATE

The war on Maoists in Chhattisgarh is beginning to turn on civil society, reports Shivam Vij

The large number of protests by the civil society, both in Delhi and Raipur, over the arrest of a Human Rights activist in Raipur is the most significant sign yet of the Chhattisgarh government’s troubles over its policy against Naxalism. While the Intelligence Bureau has asked the Chhattisgarh government to explain why Binayak Sen was arrested, the Union Home ministry is considering cutting down funding for the controversial Salwa Judum project. The Supreme Court, acting in response to a pil, has also issued a notice to the Chhattisgarh government over human rights atrocities committed in the name of Salwa Judum or “peace movement”, which is supported by the government.

The People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) has been bringing to light cases where the police has claimed that it killed Naxalites, when in fact those killed were ordinary tribals whose only fault was that they did not join the Salwa Judum. Such cases are difficult to bring to light because they often take place in the remote interiors and the tribals often do not speak Hindi. The PUCL has been at the forefront of exposing these killings and other activities, wherein entire villages have allegedly been ravaged for not joining the Salwa Judum. Unfortunately for the Chhattisgarh government, the PUCL has been able to rally civil rights groups and the media across the country against the Salwa Judum. The arrest of Binayak Sen on May 14 is a result of this effort to put the truth out, says PUCL Chhattisgarh president Rajendra Sail.

The police also searched Sen’s organic farm without a search warrant in what, Sen and his family feared, was an attempt to plant evidence of Sen’s involvement in Naxalite activities by linking him to a jailed senior CPI (Maoist) leader, Narayan Sanyal. Sen often met Sanyal in jail and exchanged postcards with him, but this was all with the knowledge of jail authorities who were privy to these conversations. The PUCL says that Sen met Sanyal to enquire about his health and help him get medical attention. The immediate cause of Sen’s arrest was a letter found with Piyush Guha, a businessman, which was to be handed over to Sanyal. Guha has also been arrested and the police refuses to divulge the contents of the letter.

On May 21, the police searched Sen’s house and is now trying to use whatever they could lay their hands on as evidence. This includes CDs pertaining to five fake encounters, a computer cpu, books and pamphlets by or about Naxalites or Salwa Judum members.

Sen has not been arrested under the ipc or provisions of the crpc, but under the Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act, 2005 (CSPSA) and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. The CSPSA, which was passed after pota lapsed, is said to be even more draconian. The Act has a provision that makes punishable verbal or written communication and representation or publication or broadcast of anything relating to Maoist activities. A number of local journalists have been threatened and silenced using these provisions.

Sen’s arrest came just when the Chhattisgarh administration was facing charges of having fake encounters conducted by the Salwa Judum. On March 31, seven tribals were killed in an “encounter” in Santoshpur village. Civil society activists say that the Chhattisgarh Police and Salwa Judum officers took the seven from Ponjer village to Santoshpur to kill them. The police claims they were members of the Sangham, the Naxalite wing composed of local tribals. An autopsy confirmed foul play but the state government has only ordered a police inquiry. Home Minister Ram Vichar Netam has gone on record saying that no action would be taken against the police officials. The police officials investigating the case say that the killings were committed by Naxalites dressed as policemen. However, an anonymously shot video shows the spo sarpanch of Santoshpur spilling the beans (available at cgnet.in/santoshpur).

It is feared that Sen’s arrest may be followed by arrests of other activists in Raipur. Activists in other parts of the country could also be targetted. In Mumbai, the police have arrested one Arun Ferreira, who wanted to be a priest, for his alleged involvement in Naxalite activities. In February this year, the Union Home ministry was on the verge of acting against overground Naxalite symapthisers including academics and former bureaucrats, for statements they had made in a seminar in Delhi.

The Supreme Court, meanwhile, has issued a notice to the Chhattisgarh government asking it to explain its support to the Salwa Judum. This was in response to a petition filed by Nandini Sundar, Ramachandra Guha and EAS Sarma demanding an end to government support for the Salwa Judum; an independent inquiry into all killings, rape and arson whether by the Salwa Judum, security forces or Naxalites; registration of FIRs and prosecution of those found guilty; compensation to those affected by the Salwa Judum on the same lines as victims of Naxalites; rehabilitation of those who wish to leave the Salwa Judum; and preventing the state government from appointing minors as Special Police Officers.

But the Salwa Judum may die with a whimper even before the apex court passes a judgement. The Planning Commission, the Tribal Affairs ministry and the Panchayati Raj ministry have requested the Union Home ministry to stop funding the Salwa Judum and divert those funds towards development activities.

Tehelka

Constitution of `Salwa Judum’ challenged

May 22, 2007

Constitution of `Salwa Judum’ challenged

Legal Correspondent

Supreme Court issues notice to Chhattisgarh Government

# “Salwa Judum committing atrocities in the guise of countering the naxal movement”
# Chhattisgarh urged to order impartial enquiry into atrocities committed by this group

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has issued notice to the Chhattisgarh Government on a Public Interest Litigation petition challenging the constitution of `Salwa Judum’ (self-defence groups) to combat the naxalites.

A Bench of Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan and Justice R.V. Raveendran issued the notice on the petition filed by Nandini Sundar, Ramachandra Guha and E.A.S. Sarma, after hearing senior counsel T.R. Andhyarujina, who brought to the notice of the court the killings and atrocities committed by the `Salwa Judum’ in the guise of countering the naxal movement.

Initially the Bench asked counsel that when the Central Government in its assessment to control naxalites menace permitted local restraint groups to be armed, “should the court interfere in such a policy. You must understand that naxalites go on killing innocent people in villages. The police are not coming to the rescue of these people. What is wrong in arming the local people to counter the naxal menace.” However, the Bench issued notice to the State Government after counsel highlighted the atrocities committed by activists of the `Salwa Judum.’

The petitioners said the `Salwa Judum’ was launched to combat naxalites. But in reality these activists conducted frequent raids on villages and suspected naxalite-sympathisers were beaten up and brutally killed; their houses torched and livestock stolen. These armed activists were also known to be involved in illegal checking of all vehicles passing through their area and levying illegal taxes on the occupants. There were also reports of these activists looting the occupants, who refused to pay their illegal levies.

The petitioners sought a direction to the Chhattisgarh Government to refrain from supporting, associating, encouraging or promoting in any manner the activities of the `Salwa Judum’ and to order an impartial enquiry to go into the atrocities committed by this group.

The Hindu