Democracy and Class Struggle points out the comment of CDRO Team in Chattisgarth
"The team told the police that it is an ironic situation to celebrate the Independence Day while the independence of people is being denied"
OPPOSE THIS FASCIST ARREST OF CDRO TEAM IN CHATTISGARH WHICH IS AN ATTACK ON THE ENTIRE PEOPLE OF INDIA.IDEAL ILLUSTRATION OF THE FACT THAT THE RULING GOVT.IN CHATTISGARH IS FASCIST AND CANNOT EVEN CAMOUFLAGE ITSELF AS A BOURGEOIS PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY.
ONE THING ARRESTING OR KILLING MAOIST CADRE IN ENCOUNTER AND ANOTHER TRAMPLING PEOPLE'S RIGHT TO INFORMATION AS PRACTICED IN SUKMA YESTERDAY. PROVES HOW THE STATE WORKS TOOTH AND NAIL TO PRESERVE THE POWER OF THE CORPORATES, POLITICIANS AND BIG LANDLORDS AND CUTS EVERY POSSIBLE ROOT FOR ANY GENUINE DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE'S POWER EMERGING
Narinder Kumar Jeet and Pritpal Singh are State Committee members of Association Of Democratic Rights Punjab and they are part of team of CDRO (Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisations) that has gone to Sukma (Chhatisgarh) for inquiring the violations of Human Rights, however, the team has not been permitted to visit and following is the message of Sh Jeet:
Today the CDRO team, consisting of 18 members from 7 democratic organizations namely AFDR Punjab, PUDR Delhi, APDR West Bengal, CPDR Maharashtra, CLC Telengana, CLC Andhra Pradesh, CPDR Tamil Nadu, was stopped at the outskirts of Sukma (Chhatisgarh). The team was to visit Burkapal where a CRPF came under attack of Maoists some months ago.
The state has unleashed a reign of terror on ordinary people of village Burkapal. As per information with the CDRO, on the very next day after the attack, one tribal person was killed by CRPF men as the deceased was heavily drunk and could not leave the village while all other people had already left fearing backlash. There after CRPF persuaded the womenfolk of the village to call their men giving assurance of security. When after about a month, the men came back, CRPF took them in custody and illegally detained them. After more than one month when the women protested and intervention by Soni Sori, they were formally shown as arrested.
Strangely the police claimed that these 40 people were Maoists and were arrested just a day before. Whereas the fact was that they were in illegal custody of CRPF for more than a month. It has also been reported that CRPF was forcing the people to flee away from the village and also preventing them from doing agricultural work. There are reports of many false encounter deaths from surrounding area. It was to hide all these facts that the police did not permit the CDRO team for visiting Burkapal.
After detaining the team at outskirts of Sukma, they asked the team to contact higher authorities for taking permission. One DSP namely Ram Gopal came and had a very detailed discussion with the CDRO team, however, he did not allow the team to go ahead. Thereafter, he took the team to the collector, who was not available. Team was presented before one Harish Rathor, Additional SP, who told the team that due to independence celebrations, they cannot allow the team to go to Burkapal for security reasons.
There was a detailed discussion with him and the team insisted that there cannot be any restriction on movement of people as per law and constitution of India. He told the team that it was a special situation.
Then the team purposed to visit 15th afternoon after the independence celebrations will be over or on 16th August but he refused to accept this proposal. It is very clear to the team that the State has many violations of human rights to hide and therefore they are adamant for not allowing the CDRO team to visit the area. The team told the police that it is an ironic situation to celebrate the Independence Day while the independence of people is being denied. All this process took more than 6 hours and cause lot of harassment to the team. If this is the fate of CDRO team, the difficulties faced by ordinary and illiterate tribal can be well imagined.
Tomorrow, the team will hold a press conference after the end of its scheduled program at Jagdalpur. The team has appealed the democratic forces and justice loving people raise their vice and condemn this autocratic behavior of the State. The areas under the operation green hunt has virtually become the grave yard of democratic and human rights of people.