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Reaching victims of India’s hidden war

Posted by Indian Vanguard on December 22, 2007

A MSF health worker treats a child in Injaram camp in Chhattisgarh state. India 2007 © Erwin Vantland/MSF

In the heart of India, clashes between Naxalites—the local Maoists—and the Indian government have displaced tens of thousands of people. The fighting, which affects large swaths of Chhattisgarh state, flared up in 2005, and since then an estimated 56,000 civilians caught in the conflict have been forced to move to government-run camps. Thousands of others are hiding in the dense forest in the south of the state in Naxalite-controlled areas, or have taken refuge in settlements for the displaced near villages across the state border. Living in fear, they are left destitute and have difficulty accessing health care. MSF is among the very few humanitarian organizations that are supporting these people, and is striving to provide medical assistance on both sides of the conflict.


Violence lurks behind a peaceful façade

In the early hours of the morning, an MSF four-wheel drive vehicle is speeding along the bumpy road that leads to Injaram, one of 23 internally displaced persons (IDP) camps scattered throughout Chhattisgarh. The team runs a weekly therapeutic feeding program for malnourished children in three IDP camps and provides basic health care to their families.

The drive along the Chabari River offers a peaceful glimpse of India’s rural life—vast stretches of land with mango trees lining the road and hills looming in the distance. Groups of women are bent over in rice fields, while young boys guard cows, goats, or buffaloes. Yet, just a few kilometers away, a violent guerrilla warfare has claimed scores of lives, displaced tens of thousands, and is spilling into several neighboring states, including Andhra Pradesh.

Tribal people, or Adivasis, who belong to one of the lowest castes in India, bear the brunt of the conflict that remains largely ignored in the rest of the country. The Koya and Gothy Koya tribes who inhabit the area led a secluded and traditional life until recently. Cut off from modern life, they eked out a living in the forest to the rhythm of harvests and festivals. But guerrilla warfare has torn them from their land and even turned them against each other. While the government is pushing villagers to leave their homes and go to the camps, thousands have decided to flee and hide in the forest.

“Everyone needs to accept that we are not taking sides in this conflict. We provide health care to all victims whatever side they’re on and we need to have unhindered access to all those who are affected.”

MSF Field Coordinator Robert Rowies

Communicating neutrality

MSF strives to provide medical assistance to all those affected by the conflict and one of the biggest challenges has been to make all parties involved understand its mandate.

“Explaining our neutrality and impartiality is critically important in this context, both for our security and for being able to work efficiently,” says field coordinator Robert Rowies, “Everyone needs to accept that we are not taking sides in this conflict. We provide healthcare to all victims whatever side they’re on and we need to have unhindered access to all those who are affected.”

Running malnutrition programs in the camps, as well as bringing mobile clinics to the people who have fled into the forest, is part of MSF’s balanced effort.

As the car approaches the camps, the military presence becomes more obvious. Attacks around the camps have intensified in recent months. Along the way, groups of women and men from the camps are busy doing road work while others are loading some wood into trucks under the escort of armed men in black and army fatigues. Further away, young men in civilian clothes are guarding the entrance of the camps with 1940s Enfield rifles slung across their shoulders. Called Salwa Judum, they are young tribal people who are trained and armed by the government.

MSF staff measures a child at Injaram camp to help determine if he is malnourished during a visit by MSF’s mobile therapeutic feeding program. India 2007 © Erwin Vantland/MSF

Nutritional care in the camps

With its red-brick roofs and 3,000 inhabitants, Injaram looks more like a village under construction than a displaced camp. MSF has been running a therapeutic feeding program here since November 2006. Children enrolled in the program come every week to have their weight checked or to receive consultations for basic health problems. The peanut-based food used in the nutritional programs has sometimes posed problems. “If the children have diarrhea they tend to stop taking it,” says health promoter Parvez Pasha, who visits the families each week to make sure the therapeutic food is taken properly. “Parents often leave in the morning to go working on road works around the camps and leave their children unattended.”

Through its presence in the IDP camps, MSF also aims to stress that those living there are also victims of this conflict. They have lost their homes and suffer from a radical change of life. Muttamma is one of the women who have brought their children to the clinic. After a series of attacks on her village, she was forced to leave everything behind. Like most of the refugees, she longs for her old life and waits in the hope of coming back to her village. “We used to be happy in our village. We sold our harvest, and celebrated the festivals, and were free,” she says. “Here, there is no freedom; we wait, doing nothing. I’m scared to go to the forest; it’s too dangerous. If I go to pick up some wood, the Naxalites will think I’m with the police because I live in the camp and the police will think I have contacts with the Naxalites,” she says. “Our children are getting killed; there is no happiness here.”

Reaching those who are hiding

Those who refuse to join the camps have fled into the dense forests of Chhattisgarh or to villages in Andhra Pradesh where the Naxalites have a strong presence. Red flags are a common sight in this area. MSF provides a weekly mobile clinic in what it calls a grey area, a zone off-limits to the police for security reasons. Providing basic health care to this part of the population has proven challenging.

“The most difficult part was to find the people who are hiding but need health care. We felt we were chasing ghosts for a long time,” explains Robert Rowies. “The people are very scared. At the beginning, when our mobile clinic visited them, they would flee,” he remembers. “Gaining people’s trust was difficult, but the team has seen improvement and has worked hard raising awareness of their work.”

“Our work at the border indicates that more medical assistance is needed deeper
in the forest where more people are hiding. We hope we will soon have access to all those affected by this conflict.”

MSF Field Coordinator Robert Rowies

After months of screening the area to reach the most affected populations, MSF now sets up its weekly clinic at a border crossing, just inside Andhra Pradesh, in Mallempeta, where tribal people come from Chhattisgarh to trade their harvest in the nearby villages. The Adivasis stop on their way to the market for a health check. Some will bring their children to the feeding program.

As MSF’s staff hang up the weight scales for babies in a mango tree, silhouettes slowly trickle from the forest; men, sometimes so thin they buckle under the weight of the bags hanging from a pole slung across their shoulders, and women carrying baskets of fruits and seeds on their heads. Some come cycling through the forest. They rest their bikes against the trees and huddle together on a rug waiting patiently for their turn.

The queue can be long. MSF doctors see on average 50 to 60 patients a day. Most of them come for rashes, scabies, malaria, and malnutrition. “This morning, I saw a child who was nearly disabled. His scabies was so bad, he could hardly use his hands,” says MSF doctor Jorund Aswall, who supervises the team.

A little tent is set up to provide a bit of privacy to the patients during the consultations. Behind the plastic sheet, they talk about their health problems, the living conditions, the scorched villages, and about those who are not fit enough to trek the 30 to 40 kilometers (20 to 25 miles) through the forest to come for a consultation.

Currently, MSF is able to work in the camps, as well as along the border
with Andhra Pradesh and in other areas of Chhattisgarh. “Our
work at the border indicates that more medical assistance is needed deeper
in the forest where more people are hiding,” says Robert Rowies. “We hope we
will soon have access to all those affected by this conflict.”

Docters with Out borders

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Salwa Judum: Spontaneous or sponsored – The Collectors work proposal

Posted by Indian Vanguard on November 25, 2007

The Governments official stand on Salwa Judum has been that it is a ‘spontaneous’, ‘voluntary’ ‘peaceful’ movement against the Maoists initiated in June 2005 . That it is a ‘Gandhian movement’. However, this picture of the Salwa Judum is far from accurate. The fact is that the Salwa Judum is being led by sections of local elites, contractors and traders, that it is officially part of anti-naxal initiatives, and that it is being actively supported by the State Government.

An official Government document – The Work proposal for the ‘People’s Movement against Naxalites’drawn up by the Collector of Dantewara in 2005 , clearly spells out the modalities of the Salwa Judum’s operation. The document mentions the need to give the movement prominent leadership, specifies how much funding is necessary and what tasks must be conducted by which department, identification of villages, creation of Village Defence Committees, appointment of Special Police Officers (@ Rs1500 pm), training of Village Defence Committees and Special Police Officers, distribution of traditional arms like bows and arrows, axes, hoes, sticks etc., strengthening of a system of police informers, publicity and propaganda campaign against Naxalites.

Excerpts:

…in order to make the Abhiyan successful and reach its desired end, it must be given security. The police chief must be directed to attend all the meetings. The responsibility for this will be the District Collector’s…rallies must also be given adequate protection. Police Head and Executive Magistrate must be given responsible for security.

…Police must now become aggressive. Sometime for unknown reasons, some excesses take place during the course of such operations and some innocent persons become victims of this action. By keeping silent on such matters during big operations, the support of higher-ups is necessary.

Also see Collector’s Memorandum on Salwa Judum, 2007.

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Salwa Judum leader, son killed by Maoists in Chhattisgarh

Posted by Indian Vanguard on November 20, 2007

RAIPUR: A prominent Congress leader, who had led a campaign against Naxals, and his son were on Monday killed after being chased in a by about 500 Maoists in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, police said.

Budhram Rana was chased in the paddy field and shot dead and his son was axed and then shot at and killed by about 500 Maoists at Musalur village, about 525 km from the state capital, Bijapur police sources told reporters.

The Naxalites raided the 400-populated Musalur village surrounding it to attack a contractor who was carrying out road and bridge construction work close to that village, police said.

At that time, Rana and his son reached the village from Bijapur town to check harvesting work on their paddy field and faced the Naxalites, they said.

Seeing the Naxalites, both started running in different directions but the Naxalites first caught the son and axed him and then shot him dead before chasing the senior Rana and gunning him down in the paddy field, police said.

Rana was in the hit list of rebels for leading the anti-Naxal campaign in hyper Naxal-infested Bijapur district in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, police said.

Rana, Bijapur district Congress leader, was the vice chairman of Bijapur block.

Times of India

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SPOs in Naxalite belts get 300% hike in wages

Posted by Indian Vanguard on October 19, 2007

NEW DELHI: With the Salwa Judum experiment going awry and exposing the local civilians employed as special police officers (SPOs) to Naxal backlash, the Centre is attempting damage control by acknowledging their role in counter-extremist operations with a hike in ex-gratia compensation for an SPO to Rs 3 lakh from Rs 1 lakh.

The increased death compensation for an SPO — finalised at a meeting of the security-related expenditure (SRE) mechanism headed by special secretary(internal security) M L Kumawat here on Tuesday, will bring him on par with police personnel who also get Rs 3 lakh in the event of death during deployment in a Naxal-infested area.

SPOs are essentially local civilians from Naxal-infested areas who are appointed on a honorarium basis to assist the police in counter-operations by providing ground-level intelligence and guiding the police teams to Naxal hideouts hidden away in deep forests.

The SPOs are provided arms during the day but have to deposit them at night. They have often been targetted by the Naxalites who go after them when they are unarmed and hence unable to defend themselves. This phenomenon has been more pronounced in Chattisgarh, where the Salwa Judum movement, a popular uprising against Naxals, gained momentum even as the forces failed to do enough to insulate the local civilians and SPOs against a Naxal backlash.

In one of the deadliest Naxal attacks this year, CPI(Maoist) cadres had descended on the Rani Bodli camp in Dantewada and killed 55 police personnel in all, of which 39 were SPOs.

SPOs, in the event of death, were until now entitled to a compensation of only Rs 1 lakh while regular security personnel got Rs 3 lakh.

The SRE scheme reimburses expenditure incurred by the states on ammunition, training and upgradation of police posts. At present 76 districts in nine states badly affected by Naxal violence are covered under the scheme.

Out of an annual budget of Rs 50 crore under SRE, Rs.14 crore has already been released till August this year and an equal amount will be released soon for making ex-gratia payments, a senior MHA official said.

The SRE scheme was comprehensively revised in 2005 to enhance the level of utilisation of funds and so far, Rs 175.55 crore has been disbursed to the States under the scheme.

During 2005-06, the total budget outlay of Rs 45 crore was spent as against the average expenditure of Rs 9-10 crore in the previous years.

Naxal hit states have found the scheme very useful in improving ground level police response in dealing with the problem, described by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as the single biggest threat to internal security.

The scheme has been extended for a further period of five years till 2011. Statistics in the home ministry show that there have been 1509 incidents of Naxal attacks in the country so far this year, 157 police personnel, 521 civilians and 272 Naxalities have been killed.

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Tribals deserting Salwa Judum base camps

Posted by Indian Vanguard on October 7, 2007

Dear All,

The tribals living in the base camps of Salwa Judum are fleeing the camps due to the harassment and ill treatment by the Salwa Judum activists states a report sent from Chintur in Khammam district bordering Konta of Dantewara and published in Andhra Jyothi on 1st October 2007. Those who are in the base camps are being treated like slaves.

Out of 33,000 persons housed in Errabore base camp at its beginning now there are only 6,000. Similar is the case with the other base camps in Konta tahasil.

In Dornapal base camp out of 45,000 persons there are only 10,000, Vinjaram base camp out of 17,000 there are only 2,000 and Konta base camp out of 12,000 there are only 2,000 at present. The report further states that out of 45 base camps set up around Bijapur, Dantewara and Bhoopalapatnam there are people only in 7 camps. The question that arises is where have these tribals have gone � Have they gone back to their villages or migrated to Andhra Pradesh or hiding in the jungles of Dantewara ?

The earlier wave of migrant tribals ( IDPs) who had migrated to Khammam, Warangal,Karimnagar, Adilabad and west Godavari districts in AP are leading a precarious life as the forest department of AP is trying to force them back into Chhattisgarh by repeatedly torching their houses. The tribal welfare department of Andhra Pradesh is not extending any help like issuing PDS cards, employment etc to these IDPs on the ground that they do not belong to AP. Most of the families are malnourished as they neither have land to cultivate or have regular wage employment.

Joint combing operations are being carried out by AP and CG police all along the border to prevent migration of tribals from Chhattisgarh.It is the responsibility of Sri Mahendra Karma and Sri Raman Singh to tell where have the people of Dantewada in general and the people who were forced to move into the base camps have disappeared.

Mean while in the All India DGPs conference held on 3rd October in New Delhi The central Government has decided to send Central police forces to weed out Maoists from Dantewada and Bijapur districts of Chhattisgarh, Malkangiri and Rayagada districts in Orissa, Chhatra and Palamu districts in Jharkhand and Aurangabad and Gaya districts of Bihar.The strategy is to comb every inch in these districts to control /weed out the Maoist.

JP Rao

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Salwa Judum & tale of 644 deserted villages

Posted by Indian Vanguard on September 21, 2007


Tribals in 644 deserted villages in Chhattisgarh don’t exist, at least on paper. These villages don’t have citizens and hence there is no National RuralEmployment Guarantee scheme for them or any health services or cheap rations.

These villages, located in the state’s Dantewada district, have been allegedlyevacuated by the government-backed private army Salwa Judum. All villagers are supposed to be “well settled” now in 20 relief camps.But testimonials by tribals from the district and also footage from a filmmade for Channel 4 of the BBC prove otherwise. People still live in thesedeserted villages, where almost all houses have been burnt by the invading SalwaJudum mob armies. They hide in the jungles most of the day and come back now andthen.

Tribals question the government figure of 50,000 people lodged in 20 reliefcamps. Are they the whole population of 644 villages, asks Lingoo Markam, a wardpanchayat member from Balood panchayat of Dantewada block.”If the entire population of the 1,354 villages in the district is seven lakh,how can 644 villages have only 50,000 residents,” he asks, adding that nearlytwo lakh people are on the run.

Many are hiding in the forests, while many have fled to neighbouring AndhraPradesh.Manish Kunjam, a former Communist Party of India legislator from Dantewada,agrees that half the tribals in the villages attacked by Salwa Judum have fledto Andhra Pradesh. He says that he organised a rally in Cherla in Andhra Pradeshin which tribals who had fled from Dantewada were present in thousands. Theywere demanding an end to Salwa Judum terror.

The BBC film Unreported World shows a few families taking shelter in the onlysurviving house in a village. One of the tribal had his back mawed by a bear. Hewas in pain. The villagers come and look after him in that house saying that allthe other houses have been burnt. They could not go to a doctor, as they wouldbe caught by the Salwa Judum and killed on the way.Shubrangshu Kumar, who assisted in the making of the film, says that the crewhad no means to reach the deserted villages as they could be caught by the SalwaJudum. So they walked three days taking the jungle route, assisted by two tribal boys from the village they met in a Raipur hostel.What do people in these deserted villages eat? Do they cultivate their lands?Chomuru had left Salwa Judum a few days after he was forced to join it. He says about his own village of Bechapal, which was raided and officially evacuated:”We survive on the burnt rice left in the village. We spend our time in theforests and eat whatever is available there.”Himanshu Kumar, activist of the Vanvasi Chetna Ashram in Dantewada, says thatthe tribal areas are now split into three.

There are 644 villages, which havebeen evacuated while the remaining 600-odd villages are being targeted forevacuation. This is the enemy zone as far as Salwa Judum is concerned. Theirgoal is to capture these and burn the houses.The third zone is the Naxal-dominated areas where, of course, no one enters.So, in all the three zones, health, education and employment generation is nil.Worse still, people can’t move in and out for fear of being killed.

Chattisgarh Home Minister Ramvichar Netam agrees: “The representatives of thegovernment cannot go to the villages following Naxal threats. The rebels havedestroyed the schools, government buildings and are terrorising the teachers anddoctors. How can the government provide relief when Naxals are not allowing us to enter?”He added that even the roads had been damaged to cut off the villages.

Netam acknowledged the fact that all the 644 villages are not deserted. Thereare many villages which house 20 to 30 families.According to Dantewada collector K R Pisda, not a single village is completelydeserted.Only those who fear Naxals have taken shelter in the camps, while the othersare still staying in the villages.

The 644 villages are not the ones that are abandoned. These are the villages where the Salwa Judum campaign has reached,Pisda clarifies.”Most of the villagers, who had earlier fled, have returned to the villages andthose who have gone to the neighbouring states are part of the tradition as theygo there every year for work,” Pisda explained.

Himanshu Kumar, however, contested this: “If the villages are not abandoned,then why the government has shifted schools to the camps and pulled out otherfacilities?

“Dharmo Rakshati RakshataIf you protect Dharma, Dharma will in turn protect you

Source: cgnet.in

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Maoists set free six abducted Salwa Judum men

Posted by Indian Vanguard on September 19, 2007

Raipur, Sep 19: Maoist militants Wednesday released unharmed six men of the tribal militia movement Salwa Judum in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency hit Bijapur district after keeping them in captivity for over 24 hours, police sources said.

“Six tribal male cadres of Salwa Judum abducted by Maoist guerrillas Monday night from Patakutru village in Bijapur district were released today (Wednesday) morning unharmed,” a police official told IANS on condition of anonymity.

“The cadres who are in their late 20s, were released in a forested area and had been advised by militants to not cooperate with the police for anti-Maoist operations,” the official added.

Bijapur along with Dantewada, Bastar, Narayanpur and Kanker districts have been considered terror nerve centres of Maoists for decades. In March this year Maoist rebels massacred 55 policemen in one of the deadliest attacks carried out on police since the Maoist movement began in India in 1967 from a West Bengal village.

http://www.newkerala.com

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STOP SALWA JUDUM!! STOP VIOLENCE IN DANTEWADA!!

Posted by Indian Vanguard on September 17, 2007

Since June 2005, the Government of Chhattisgarh, with the support of the Home Ministry has been waging a counter-insurgency operation against the Naxalites in the guise of a ‘spontaneous’, ‘selfinitiated’,’ peaceful’, ‘people’s movement’ named the Salwa Judum in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh. The district administration claims that upset with the Maoist strike call on collecting tendu leaves and opposition to development works like road construction and grain levies, people in some 200 villages began mobilizing against the Maoists, going on processions and holding meetings.

However the fact is that the Salwa Judum is being actively supported by the Chhattisgarh Government. Far from being a peaceful campaign, Salwa Judum ‘activists’ are armed with guns, lathis, axes, bows and arrows. Up to January 2007, 4048 “Special Police Officers” (SPOs) had been appointed by the Government under the Chhattisgarh Police Regulations. They actively participate in the Salwa Judum and are given military and weapons training by the security forces as part of an official plan to create a civil vigilante structure parallel to that of the Naxalites.

Though exact figures are not known, over the last two years, atleast 1, 00,000 people have been displaced and the lives atleast 3, 00,000 people from the 644 “liberated villages” has been completely disrupted, because of Salwa Judum. People are forcibly picked up from their villages and are confined into ‘relief camps’, where they face acute shortage of food, water and other basic amenities. The condition of several thousands who have been forced to migrate to neighbouring states and districts is even worse. All those villages which have not come into camps are deemed “Maoists” villages and denied all health, education and other facilities, including access to markets. A large number of people have thus been denied their fundamental rights

There has been a complete breakdown of civil administration and the rule of law in Dantewada district and Salwa Judum ‘activists’ have become vigilantes who assert the right to control, intimidate and punish anyone they consider to be a suspected Naxalite. Cases of murder, loot, arson, rape and other violence and atrocities by Salwa Judum go unreported. The Government does not accept responsibility for the actions of the Salwa Judum ‘activists’, it sponsors, encourages, promotes and assures them full state protection and grants them impunity to operate as an extra-legal authority within the district. The Maoists also retaliate with attacks on camps, SPOs and police. According to State government’s own figures, Salwa Judum has only intensified the violence from both sides.

The Government’s only response to Maoist insurgency has been to militatrise; step up police operations and to pit civilians, in the name of Salwa Judum, against Maoists and against each other. By resorting to such measures, the government has seriously challenged the efficacy of democratic and constitutional means of finding solutions to people’s problems. It has completely failed to address the root of the discontent, the deprivation and alienation of Adivasis, which form basis of the Maoist foothold in Dantewara.
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We demand that the Chhattisgarh Government:

Disband and disarm Salwa Judum immediately
Stop appointing Special Police Officers
Stop recruiting children and adolescents below 18 years of age
Allow Adivasis to return home to their villages; wherever houses and property has been destroyed or
damaged, government should re-build them.
Stop harassment and allow free access to journalists, civil society organisations, and medical and education
workers to Dantewada.
Repeal the Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act 2005
Create a conducive atmosphere for dialogue to find political resolution to political issues
Stop arrests, detention and false implication of Human rights activists, social workers etc and release all
such persons.
We demand that the Government of India:

Stop aiding and abetting Salwa Judum in the name of promoting “local resistance groups”.
Institute a high level independent enquiry into all acts of violence-rape, arson, loot, murder and
disappearances by Salwa Judum and paramilitary forces and initiate criminal proceedings.
Recognise the right to life and dignity of internally displaced people living outside Chhattisgarh and ensure
their safety
Create a conducive atmosphere for dialogue to find political resolution to political issues

We demand that the CPI (Maoist):
Stop all forms of violence
Create a conducive atmosphere for dialogue to find political resolution to political issues
Stop recruiting children and adolescents below 18 years of age
Allow safe return of villagers to their home including Salwa Judum supporters.

Appeal to Members of Parliament
Raise this issue in the Parliament and demand a Parliamentary debate on Ministry of Home Affairs policy of
promoting “local resistance groups” in general and Salwa Judum in particular. Institute Joint Parliamentary
Committee to investigate the role played by the state police, political parties and Ministry of Home Affairs in
creating the civil war situation

Appeal to all concerned citizens
Please visit Dantewara and assess the situation yourself.
Raise your voice against Salwa Judum and the flagrant human rights violation in Chhattisgarh wherever you are.

About CPJC:
The Campaign for Peace and Justice in Chhattisgarh is a campaign group formed by individuals and organisations
who are deeply concerned about the gross violation of human rights going on in Chhattisgarh in the name of
fighting ‘internal terrorism’. We are extremely concerned by the violence unleashed by the state backed Salwa
Judum which has pushed Chhattisgarh into a civil war situation and the repressive Chhattisgarh Special Public
Security Act, 2005 which is being used to crush all voices of dissent in the state.
_____________________________________________________________________ Campaign for Peace and Justice in Chhattisgarh, C/O F-10/12, Malviya Nagar, New Delhi Email:cpjcindia@gmail.com; Website: www.cpjc.wordpress.com Ph: 011-26680883

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AN APPEAL TO HONOURABLE CHIEF MINISTER OF CHATTISGARH INDIA

Posted by Indian Vanguard on September 17, 2007


Dear Sir ,

INDIA: Please order an investigation into the killing of eleven children and a youth in Nendra village in Chhattisgarh

Name of the victims:
1. Soyam Rama, aged 16 years – father’s name Dula
2. Soyam Raju, aged 2 years – father’s name Penta
3. Vajam Rama, aged 11 years – father’s name Ganga
4. Madakam Ramily, aged 5 years – father’s name Ganga
5. Madakam Buddaraiah, aged 14 years – father’s name Unga
6. Midiyam Nagaiah, aged 5 years – father’s name Bajari
7. Sodi Irma, aged 12 years – father’s name Yarma
8. Podium Adama, aged 7 years – father’s name Unga
9. Vetti Raju, aged 9 years – father’s name Masa
10. Madakam Ithe, aged 13 – father’s name Kessa
11. Soyam Raju, aged 12 years – father’s name Bheemulu
12. Mr. Soyam Nareya, aged 20 years – father’s name Tammaiah
[all are residents of Nendra village, Dantewada district in Chhattisgarh and belongs to the Scheduled Tribe of India]
Alleged perpetrators: Members of the Indian Reserve Battalion [Nagaland] stationed in Chhattisgargh and those attached to the Salwa Judum – Dantewada
Date and place of incident: March 13, 2007 at Nendra village, Dantewada district in Chhattisgarh

I am writing to request you to immediately take actions against those who were responsible for the massacre of eleven children in Nendra village, Dantewada district in Chhattisgarh. I am informed that on March 13, 2007 eleven children and a local youth was gunned down by the members of the Indian Reserve Battalion [Nagaland] stationed in Chhattisgarh and the members of the local faction of the Salwa Judum.

I am concerned that the villagers did not even complain about the incident since they have lost faith in the state administration. I am also concerned about the escalating violence in Chhattisgarh, which is fanning out of control. I have been informed that the state government has nearly failed in addressing the law and order situation in the state and is now increasingly resorting to promoting private armed militia groups in the state.

I therefore urge you to immediately intervene in this case so that a proper complaint is registered regarding the incident and the case is investigated and the perpetrators punished. I also urge you to make sure that the Chhattisgarh state government takes all necessary steps to regain the faith of the local communities in the state.

Towards this end the operation of Salwa Judum in the state must be immediately stopped and the state must declare and practice non-tolerance to violence used by the state as well as by the Naxalites.

The state administration must also ensure that the tribal communities staying in remote villages in the state are not forcefully evacuated and their resources are not allowed to be exploited indiscriminately.

I trust that you will take action in this case.

Your’s sincerely,

NAGARAJ.M.R.

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Salwa Judum: The visible cost of a hidden war

Posted by Indian Vanguard on September 17, 2007

List of women raped and hacked to death by Salwa Judum goons,CRPF and Naga Battalion and State Police Forces

List of people killed by state police, Naga police, para-military forces and goons in the name of Salwa Judum(Partial)

List of villages burnt by Vigilante Gangs of Salwa Judum, CRPF, Naga Police and State Police Forces(Partial)

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