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Archive for May 11th, 2007

Statement on Gujarath Fake Encounter killing

Posted by Indian Vanguard on May 11, 2007

Communist Party of India (Maoist)
Central Committee

Press Release
May 8, 2007


The brutal murder of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kausar Bi in November 2005 in Ahmedabad after arresting them from a bus in Hyderabad is only the tip of the iceberg of the cruel deeds and inhuman acts of the lawless police system in India. The khaki-clad criminals had proved themselves to be paid mercenaries as they had murdered Sohrabuddin after their pockets were filled by the builder lobby of Gujarat and Rajasthan for the ghastly act. And to eliminate all evidence of the gruesome murder they murdered Kauser Bi three days after the murder of her husband at a farmhouse in Gandhi Nagar and her body was burnt in the ravines in Illol village in Sabarkantha district. Kausar Bi was also raped which has become the natural fate of any woman in police custody. These IPS criminals, with the full backing of the BJP governments in Gujarat and Rajasthan, had also eliminated the only remaining eye-witness to their arrest in Hyderabad, Tulsiram Prajapati, in December 2006.


The arrest of the three IPS officers—DIG Vanzara and SPs, Raj Kumar Pandian of Gujarat and Dinesh Kumar of Rajasthan, and their suspension after more than a week following the arrests, is a mere eye-wash as the killings were carried out clearly at the behest of Narendra Modi, the trader lobby and the political big-wigs of the BJP. The Congress, which has been clamouring for the resignation of Narendra Modi, is no less a culprit as its government in AP led by fascist YSR had fully cooperated with the BJP governments in Gujarat and Rajasthan in the illegal arrest of Sohrabuddin and Kausar Bi.


The Gujarat fake encounter is only one of thousands of such cases that have been taking place in various states in the country. In Kashmir alone over 70,000 youth had been killed after being arrested and several women were raped in the past two decades. Mass demonstrations against illegal arrests, murder and rape by the Army besides the central and state police forces have become a daily feature of Kashmir. And these repressive forces are also obsessed with communal bias, particularly against the Muslims, which makes the atrocities more brutal and inhuman.


Mass murders, fake encounter killings, brutal torture and rape, are an inseparable part of the state system in our country. Whether it is the government ruled by BJP or Congress, TDP, DMK or AIDMK, RJD or BJD, or the so-called Left like the CPI(M), or whichever party is in power, it basically relies on state terror and state-sponsored terror to control the masses and to eliminate the opposition. The police, para-military forces and the Indian armed forces are all adept in staging fake encounters and committing indescribable atrocities whether it is on the revolutionaries and the struggling masses in Andhra Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Bengal, Maharashtra, MP, UP, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, the national liberation fighters in Kashmir and North East, Muslims in various parts of the country, particularly in states such as Gujarat. The rape and murder of Manorama in Manipur highlights the plight of women under virtual Army rule in North East. Besides, daily killings of petty criminals, rape and killing of arrested women is a feature of these trigger-happy cruel forces.


The AP police are even more notorious than their Gujarat counterparts in staging fake encounters. They had committed the worst atrocities during the Congress rule under Vengal Rao, Janardhan Reddy and the present YSR’s fascist murdering almost 2000 revolutionaries and sympathizers while over a thousand murders were committed during the nine-year rule of the TDP. AP can boast of several Vanzaras who had committed brutal murders after arrests and torture and all of them had got away unscathed as it had always been the policy of the successive governments to carry out fake encounters. Murderous DGPs like HJ Dora, Ramulu, Swaranjit Sen, DIGs like Gautam Sawang, Aravinda Rao, SPs like Balasubramanyam, Srinivasa Reddy, DT Naik, Surendra Babu, Praveen Kumar, Meena, Stephen Ravindra, Murali and many others are all masters in the art of torture and murder of revolutionaries. And all these criminals received promotions and huge incentives from the government for committing these murders. In just over two years since January 2005, YSR’s Congress government in AP had murdered several leaders like Vadkapur Chandramouli, Gautam, Jagadeesh, Samala Venkatesh, Jangaiah, Mohan, Karuna and over three hundred revolutionaries and sympathizers after arresting them. And each of these officers is corrupt to the very core as the case of Murali, the SP of Vishakha rural, who is presently in jail for amassing illegal assets to the tune of Rs. 30 crores, clearly shows.


The atrocities in Chattisgarh especially since the launching of the state-sponsored salwa judum two years ago, outstrip the Gujarat fake encounter. Over 500 adivasis had been murdered in the past two years, over 60,000 adivasis were uprooted from the villages, property worth several hundred crores of rupees was destroyed by the armed thugs belonging to the state police, the central forces and the salwa judum goons, and several women were raped. Just a month ago, on March 31, seven tribals were picked up from Ponjer village in Bijapur district and murdered in cold blood by the police-salwa judum gangs. And DGP OP Rathore, the butcher who organized this gory massacre, roams freely in Raipur, fuming against Naxal “atrocities” in true Hitlerian style and justifying this heart-chilling massacre.


Gujarat fake encounter reveals the real face of the political system in India. It is not an exception but the rule in present-day India. It had come into focus only because of the serious internal contradictions within the BJP and among the various ruling class parties. No political party is really serious in stopping the fake encounters as brutal repression is the very basis for the survival of these parties.


The CC, CPI(Maoist) calls upon all the democratic organizations and individuals, people of various nationalities oppressed by the Indian state, and the oppressed masses of the country to build a strong, united and militant mass movement demanding an end to fake encounters, illegal arrests, torture and atrocities against the people by the police, para-military and the Army, and to punish the perpetrators of such heinous crimes.

Azad,

Spokesperson,

Central Committee,

CPI(Maoist)

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PUCL Condemns Police attempt at implicating human rights activist in Naxal activities

Posted by Indian Vanguard on May 11, 2007

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Press Release

PEOPLES UNION FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES

CHHATTISGARH

Post Box No. 87, Main Post Office, Raipur – 492001: Chhattisgarh: India

E-mail: pucl.cg@gmail.com

Raipur, 10th May, 2007

The People’s Union for Civil Liberties – Chhattisgarh (PUCL) has strongly condemned the attempt by the Chhattisgarh Police in implicating Human Rights Activists in Naxal activities, especially in the matter of “illegal detention” of Mr. Piyush Guha, who has been wrongfully confined in police custody for six days without even following the guidelines provided by the Supreme Court in the D K Basu Vs. State of West Bengal. PUCL plans to carry out a concerted campaign to expose the designs of the Chhattisgarh Government in discrediting the human rights organisations and movement, which has creatively contributed to the preservation and promotion of human rights in particular, and the gross violations committed by the various governments in Chhattisgarh during the past 30 years. PUCL is also contacting its national leadership to explore the possibility of legal action in this regard.

In an emergency meeting of the State Unit today at Raipur, the Chhattisgarh PUCL has also taken strong objection to the “falsehoods” and “insinuations” being spread by the Chhattisgarh Police regarding the person’s absence from his house. In fact, Dr. Binayak Sen and his family have gone to Kolkotta to be with their family during summer holidays since 1st of May 2007, which was planned long ago. However, without verifying this fact, the Chhattisgarh Police has tried to create an impression as if Dr. Sen had vanished after the incident of “illegal detention” of Mr. Piyush Guha.

In a statement issued today by Adv Rajendra K Sail, President of Chhattisgarh PUCL, it has been categorically stated that Dr. Binayak Sen is not only the General Secretary of the Chhattisgarh PUCL, but has played a prominent role in defending and promoting human rights not only in Chhattisgarh but also in the country. Dr. Binayak Sen is also presently the Vice-President of the National PUCL.

The PUCL considers this as an attempt to discredit the Human Rights Activists and Organisations in the wake of facts coming out in the open about recent fake encounters in Panjher and Santoshpur villages of Bijapur Tahsil of Dantewara District in Chhattisgarh, in which more than a dozen citizens were not only murdered in cold blood but also buried without fulfilling any legal formalities like post-mortem and decent burial with religious rites. Their bodies were recently exhumed from a mass grave at the orders of the State Human Rights Commission, and the post-mortem conducted revealed bullet injuries on their bodies.

PUCL has further stated that there is a public uproar on the growing police brutality in Chhattisgarh and deliberate destruction of democratic aspirations of the peace-loving people, which has been amply demonstrated in demands by various political parties, civil society organisations, prominent citizens, especially the adivasi and dalit leaders for a high level enquiry into these incidents of State Violence.

The PUCL would like to assert the fact that meeting and providing legal aid to the victims of human rights violations by the State was part and parcel of the stated objectives of the PUCL, and it was in fulfilling these tasks and responsibilities as an office-bearer of the PUCL that Dr. Sen had been functioning with faith and commitment. All such activities are not only Constitutional and legal, but produced the required results as the “illegalities” and “corruption” in Jails, Custodial Deaths, Fake Encounters, Fake Surrenders and Fake Arrests etc., have been made public and acted upon by various Courts in the country.

Rajendra k Sail

President

Mobile: 098268-04519

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PUCL demands CBI enquiry into all encounters since 2005 in Chhattisgarh

Posted by Indian Vanguard on May 11, 2007

Press Release

“CHATTISGARH GOVERNMENT HAS VIOLATED EVERY SINGLE LEGAL NORM AND GUIDELINES PROVIDED BY NHRC IN THE MATTER OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL KILLINGS- ALLEGES PUCL”


Raipur, 9th May, 2007


The People’s Union for Civil Liberites – Chhattisgarh (PUCL) has demanded Enquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in all Extra-judicial killings in Chhattisgarh since 2005. The issue has acquired serious proportions in the wake of the fake encounter case at Santoshpur in Bijapur, where not less than 12 innocent citizens were killed by the State Police. Attempts to cover up such violations by the Chhattisgarh Police of human rights and legal processes enshrined in the Constitution of India now need to be thoroughly investigated by the CBI and the Judicial Enquiry Committee, as the Chhattisgarh Government has lost the moral and legal right to do so. Such an investigation must also include killings and other crimes committed by the Salwa-Judum with the active connivance of the State Police.


In a press statement issued today, Adv Rajendra K Sail, President of Chhattisgarh PCL has categorically demanded arrests of those police officials whose complicity in the Santoshpur Fake Encounters have been established.


The Chhattisgarh PUCL has also expressed concern that the guidelines issued by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in the cases of extra-judicial killings have not been followed by the Chhattisgarh Government, in spite of repeated reminders by the Chairperson of the NHRC.


The Chhattisgarh PUCL will an Intervention Application in the WRIT PETITION (CRI) NO. 14 OF 2007 ( Smt. Leda Versus UNION OF INDIA & ORS) pending before the Chhattisgarh High Court. It may be recalled that Smt. Leda, wife of a member of the Community Party of India (Maoist) name Ramesh Nagashia has alleged that her husband has been killed by the police in a fake encounter in front of her eyes and she was also raped. The Chhattisgarh High Court has issued notice to several police officials and the Central and State Governments in this matter.


Adv Rajendra K Sail, President of Chhattisgarh PUCL has categorically stated that Chhattisgarh Government has been committing crimes against humanity in the name of “curbing naxalism” for the past two years. The Chhattisgarh PUCL has, time and again, brought this gross violation of human rights through various fact finding studies. That is why, the PUCL State Convention held on 14th & 15th April, 2007 at Ambikapur had deliberated on the Theme: “FAKE ENCOUNTER, FAKE SURRENDERS AND FAKE CASES”. Chhattisgarh PUCL has always maintained that “extra-judicial killings” serve as the barometer for the state of human rights in any region or country. Going by such a barometer, the state of Human Rights is deteriorating day-by-day in Chhattisgarh with the increase in Encounter and Custodial deaths.


Rajendra K Sail

President

Chhattisgarh PUCL

Mobile: 098268-04519

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