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The PCI (Maoist) condemned the arrests of rights activists and called for a national agitation to fight against the arrest

THE MAOIST PARTY CONDEMNED THE ARRESTS OF RIGHTS ACTIVISTS AND CALLED FOR A NATIONAL AGITATION TO FIGHT AGAINST THE ARREST
Posted by admin on October 1st, 2018

Press release : September 18
Condemn the illegal arrests of the social activists and foisting of all false cases of them
Let us build a countrywide united people’s movement against Brahminical Hindu-fascism
The Pune police have started arresting intellectuals from all over the country from 6th June 2018 in the name of Bhima koregaon conspiracy case. Sudhir Dawle, Rona wilson, Surendra Gadling, shoma Senand Mahesh Raut were arrested. In the second round of arrests on 28th August Varavara Rao, Vernon Gonzalves, Arun Ferriera, Gautam Navalakha and Sudha Bhardwaj were picked up from their houses implicating them too, in the above conspiracy case. The police also raided the houses of Prof. Anand Teltumbde (in Goa), Pror. K.Satyanarayana, Journalists Kranthi and Kurmanath (in Hydeabad) and Father Stan Swamy (in Ranch).
The Pune police and the Maharashtra Govemment have left the original perpetuators over violence (Shambhaji Bhide, whom Narendra Modi calls as his Guruji and Milind Egbote) in Bhima Koregaon on 01 January 2018, untouched and they are Free.
The police had started floating conspiracy theories through their pliant media, from June itself saying that they have recovered incriminating letters from the laptops of Rona Wilson and others and that all of them have participated in a conspiracy along with the Maoists to assassinate the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and wage war against the Indian state.
Many well-meaning intellectuals and even some of the retired police officials and Judges also exposed the concocted nature of the letters and analysed how they can only be fabricated letters. They exposed how in the “modus operandiʹ or our party, an underground party, there is no scope for the usage of any such letters/mails and more so the usage of original names for any military operations or logistic operations. Therefore the framing of some of the above intellectuals in connection with a concocted plot to kill Narendra Modi is one of the biggest frauds thrust upon the people of lndia. Attempts are made to silence the sane and dissent voices by killing people like Dabholkar, Pansare, Kalburgi, Gauri Lankesh and by making attempt on the life of Omar Khalid or by arresting activists like GN Sai Baba and others. Murugan, Chandrasekhar Azad Ravan and the present round of arrests and slapping UAPA and sedition acts on them… In fact, this is the real conspiracy by the state. Any critical observant of our movement will notice that it is our underground guerilla forces which are involved in military operations. There cannot be any role for activists like those who have been arrested.
All the intellectuals, right from Dr. Vinayak Sen and Sony Sori to Saibaba and Varavara Rao, Sudha Bharadwaj and others are democratic rights activists and revolutionary intellectuals who have dedicated their lives to defend the rights of the downtrodden- Daliths, Adivasis. Minorities, Women, Workers, peasants- and their right to organise and agitate for their rights. it is this activism that the current fascist regime of Modi and shah wants to curb.
The fascist regime of Modi – Amith Shah-BJP/RSS is actually facing a serious crisis of credibility and economic, political and social crises. The poll promises of Modi of eradicating corruption, unemployment, doubling the income of farmers etc have fallen flat. Their favoritism, crony capitalism and the corruption involving Ambanis, Adanis, Modis, Mallyas eto stand exposed. Demonetisation, GST and other pro-imperialist policies have had devastating effect on the lndian economy and have resulted in the closure of small and medium scale industries and in huge unemployment. The attacks of Hindutva vigilante gangs on Daliths, Adivasis and women and progressive intellectuals like Dabholkar, Gauri Lankesh and others are giving rise to a new polarization and consolidation against these fascist forces.
In such a back ground the Modi-shah regime is resorting to incarceration and intimidation of democratic rights activists and revolutionary intellectuals –
-To prevent the emerging unity of Daliths , Minorities and the revolutionary movement as was being witnessed in the Bhima Koregaon program and the call “Nayee peeshvaayi – Nahee chalegi”
– To divert the attention of the people from the real issues of crony capitalism, corruption, unemployment, sky rocketing fuel and other commoditiesʹ prices by creating the bogey of urban Naxallsm apart from pseudo patriotism, Pakisthan bashing etc,
– To further intensify the Green Hunt Operation launched by the Congress regime and wants to resort to aerial bombings, further deployment of military and para military forces in Dandakaranya , Jharkhand and Odisha. The massacres and cruel repression on the Adivasis is going to intensify many fold .The state wants to preempt any solidarity movement out side these areas. The arrested activists are among those who are in the forefront of exposing the cruel repression and the onslaught.
-By raising the bogey of urban Naxalism and branding every peoplesʹ movement against corporate forces, anti-people policies of the government as being Naxal inspired and backed that state wants to suppress every movement. We have witnessed this in Thuthikudi struggle, Pathargadi movement etc in recent times. The arrest of the activists is a warning to all the leading elements of such movements.
The desperation of the state is completely evident in the arrest and harassment of even octogenarians like Father Stan swamy and Varavara Rao to achieve the above objectives.
There is an increasing need to fight the fascist forces by one and all. we congratulate all those democratic forces and exposing the nefarious activities of the state and especially of the Modi-Shah-RSS trio.
We call upon all the democratic and revolutionary forces and then workers, peasants, Dalits, Adivasis, Minorities and women to join together and fight back and defeat these Brahminical Hindutva fascist forces.
Abhay,
Spokesperson,
Central Committee – CPI (Maoist)

*Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS)*condemns the arrests of Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Gautam Navlakha and Varavara Rao

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2018
India – *Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS)*condemns the arrests of Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Gautam Navlakha and Varavara Rao

WSS deeply condemns the majority judgment of the Supreme Court which has dismissed the PIL filed by Romila Thapar, Devaki Jain, Satish Deshpande, Prabhat Patnaik and Maja Daruwalla and has in effect granted the notorious Pune Police impunity to carry on with its fabricated and malafide investigation in the Bhima Koregaon (FIR No. 4/2018) case. The Court in its vague majority judgement has failed to do its duty as a Constitutional Arbitrator and as the vanguard of the fundamental rights under Articles 14, 19 and 21 of the Constitution of India to protect the liberty of the dissenting activists – who have been arrested by the Pune police which unabashedly flouted due process.
The short sighted majority judgement has held that there is no form of malice in the investigation conducted by the Pune Police and refused to interfere with the current investigation and dismissed the prayer demanding that the investigation be referred to a Special Investigation Team (SIT). It has further held that the arrests were not initiated to curb dissent but to investigate the connection of the aforementioned activists Advocate Sudha Bharadwaj, and activists Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Varavara Rao and Gautam Navlakha, to banned organisations.

On the other hand, the exhaustively reasoned dissenting judgment of Justice D.Y. Chandrachud most explicitly states that on inspection of the evidence submitted by the Maharashtra Police, its claim of connecting all the accused persons to a banned organisation is contrary to logic. He further takes cognizance of the use of electronic media by the Maharashtra for besmirching the reputation of the above activists. The dissenting judgment deemed the press conferences held by the Pune Police and the leakage of such letters which are still under investigation stage, ‘disturbing’ and to be “causing serious concern” and holds that the manner in which the ADG has behaved casts a cloud on the investigation and purports bias on the part of the Pune Police. Furthermore, he also specifically mentions and condemns the vilification campaign run by Republic Channel against Sudha Bharadwaj, who is one of the arrested activists and member of WSS.
He further goes on to say that the police are not adjudicators nor can they announce guilt and very strongly asserted that the Pune Police “is manipulating public media” to create and facilitate a media trial. He further in his judgment takes stock of the lack of credibility in the letters and finally holds that “the conduct of the Pune police fortifies the need to a fair investigation” and that “Dissent is a part of a vibrant democracy”, however unpopular the dissent is Criminal law is amenable to Constitutional mandate and hence the court as the constitutional arbitrator has the duty to exercise its jurisdiction under Article 32 to ensure that liberty is not sacrificed at the altar of conjecture. In the past few weeks we have been witness to several judgments of the Supreme Court such as the Adultery Judgement, the Sabrimala Judgement, and the Sec. 377 Judgement, where civil rights and liberties have been invoked and elaborated upon, loftily reading them as the spirit of the Constitution and the democratic framework. As these civil liberty claims are given a much needed boost and careful articulation by the Supreme Court, matters of political import have met with a cold, rigid, conservative approach. All these lofty judgements and the principles on which they are based will cease to have meaning if they are not applied by the court in cases where individual liberties and claims are impinged upon by the State.
WSS reiterates its strong condemnation of the targeting of dissent and suppression of all resistance. The attack on democratic rights activists, lawyers, journalists and writers has happened in draconian waves, where those active in defending the arrested are picked up in the next round of arrests. The first round of arrests in this particular Bhima Koregaon case targeted WSS member Professor Shoma Sen, Advocate Surendra Gadling, activists Sudhir Dhawale, Rona Wilson and Mahesh Raut. Advocate Surendra Gadling was the lawyer for Prof. G.N. Saibaba, Mahesh Tirki, Vijay Tirki, Pandu Narote, Hem Mishra and Prashant Rahi, while the others arrested with Advocate Gadling were active in condemning that round of arrests. Prof. Shoma Sen was Head of the English Department at Nagpur University and a dedicated feminist and anti-caste activists and two months away from superannuation at the age of 60 when she was picked up by the police. Mahesh Raut however appears to have been solely targeted for being active against state sponsored displacement in Gadhchiroli and in trying to implement Constitutional provisions safeguarding adivasi rights. It appears that the attack on Sudha Bharadwaj was likewise primarily targeting her work on the ground as a lawyer and trade unionist in implementing Constitutional provisions in safeguarding adivasi land rights and labour rights for the last three decades in Chhattisgarh. As part of Janhit, an organization providing legal aid, she has taken up cases of illegal land acquisition, violations of forest rights, environmental issues, forced evictions, human rights violations, and violations of laws like the Forest Rights Act and Panchayats Extension to Scheduled Areas (PESA), etc. Apart from the scores of cases she has fought for workers across the state. Sudha had also spoken out against the previous round of arrests through the long-standing civil liberties organization, PUCL, and the Indian Association of People’s Lawyers. The repeated and concentrated attacks against Advocate Surendra Gadling, and then Advocates Sudha Bharadwaj and Arun Ferreira who were active in protesting the arrest of a lawyer who is just doing his job in defending his clients from marginalized dalit adivasi Muslim and bahujan backgrounds, show a clear pattern of clamping down on dissent even within the framework of the court system, not to mention clamping down on the social activists working outside the court system in civil society. This has a chilling effect on all activists standing with marginalized communities and sends a clear message that marginalized communities have no hope in fighting for the on-ground implementation of their Constitutionally guaranteed rights.
In the meantime, those who actually assaulted the Dalit Bahujan and Muslim communities in Bhima Koregaon roam freely with impunity. This FIR was filed first, in Pune (rural) and names Milind Ekbote and Sambaji Bhide as the instigators of the violence. It is therefore a mystery as to why the Ambedkarites who are upholding constitutional values of Liberty, equality and fraternity and were demanding the arrest of these perpetrators, were arrested instead of the perpetrators, on the basis of a second FIR filed in Pune (urban), which has no connection to any actual violence! This is meant to strike terror amongst the vast majority of people who have been daring to speak out against the anti-people policies of the state.
The entire framework of the UAPA has no place in a modern democratic system and the time has come for the Constitutional courts to hold this draconian law as unconstitutional for violating the rights of countless citizens. It is well known that in UAPA cases, the chances of bail are minimal and the time spent in custody by those charged is effectively used as punishment. It is a fear mongering and vindictive tactic of branding. Whatever happens in the court, the larger political struggle for democratic rights and opposing UAPA, and opposing the corporate assault on adivasi people in the greed for mining these lands will continue and intensify.
We demand the immediate and unconditional release of all arrested in the Bima Koregaon case, the punishment of the real perpetrators of violence and the repeal of draconian laws such as UAPA.
*Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS)*
Convenors Ajita, Nisha, Rinchin and Shalini; Email ID againstsexualviolence@gmail.com

Police Brutally Stop Farmer’s March To Delhi, Many Injured

Police Brutally Stop Farmer’s March To Delhi, Many Injured
Countercurrents
October 3, 2018

Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse a farmers march led by Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) on the outskirts of Delhi. Many farmers were injured. The protesting farmers are coming to the capital with several demands including farm loan-waiver, friendly crop insurance and support for small and marginal farmers and to implement recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission. The police had earlier issued prohibitory orders in east and north-east Delhi anticipating trouble.

The Kisan Kranti Yatra, which began from Tikait Ghat in Haridwar on September 23, is the first of its kind by the BKU since the death of its founder Mahendra Singh Tikait on May 15, 2011. The Tikait clan, including the patriarch’s four sons, their wives, grandsons and their children have also hit the streets along with others. The rally is an echo of the massive protest of almost 5 lakh farmers spearheaded by BKU founder Mahendra Singh Tikait at Delhi’s Boat Club in October 1988.

Earlier today, Home Minister Rajnath Singh held discussions with Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh and a few others on how to resolve the farmers’ issues and pacify them. Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat also spoke to protesting farmers on the Delhi-UP border and assured considering their demands.
Unsatisfied with government’s assurance to look into the matter, Bharatiya Kisan Union president Naresh Tikait said the farmers will continue with the protest until the demands are met.
Besides unconditional loan waiver, the farmers are protesting against electricity and fuel prices which are shooting through the roof.
Bharatiya Kisan Union president Naresh Tikait on Tuesday said the farmers will not accept govt assurance and will go ahead with the protest.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi Tuesday accused the BJP of “brutally beating up” farmers at the Delhi border on International Day of Non-Violence and said that they cannot even air their grievances in the national capital.
National Highways leading to the national capital were swamped with farmers who came in from places as far as Gonda, Basti, and Gorakhpur in eastern Uttar Pradesh as well as the sugarcane belt of western Uttar Pradesh. Anticipating trouble, the police had imposed prohibitory orders banning assembly of five or more people and holding of any public meeting, usage of any amplifier, loudspeaker, and similar instruments.
On the top of their demand list is the implementation of the Swaminathan Commission’s recommendations. The commission had submitted five reports between 2004 to 2006 for “faster and more inclusive growth” for farmers. The Commission observed that farmers needed to have an assured access to and control over rightful basic resources. These basic resources include land, water, bioresources, credit and insurance, technology and knowledge management, and markets. It observed that agriculture must be implemented in the concurrent list from the state list — hence putting it as a matter of concern for both the Union and the states. The reason farmers are demanding a full implementation of the recommendations is that it would result in reasonable MSP and small farmers would be secured.
Cut in diesel prices
The fuel prices in the country are on a record high with petrol breaching the Rs 90/litre mark in Mumbai, while the diesel is priced at Rs 78.69/litre today. The massive increase in petroleum and diesel prices over the past few months have put an additional burden on the farmers and has reduced the profit margin for them. A hike in the electricity tariffs in Uttar Pradesh is another concern that the farmers want the government to address. The farmers have also urged the officials to provide uninterrupted power supply for at least six hours during noon.
NGT ban on ten-year-old diesel vehicles
Farmers say the National Green Tribunal’s ban on diesel vehicles older than ten years has hit them hard. Citing lack of funds to buy new tractors and trucks, the farmers have called the green body to scrap their order or provide them compensation. “We are not seeking any alms from the government. We want our right,” said Harmik Singh, a farmer who came from Meerut, reported PTI.
Loan waiver
Like the earlier Maharashtra’s farmer protest – Kisan Long March – which demanded loan waiver, this group of farmers has also called for a loan waiver. Farmers have been unable to repay because of crop failures, droughts, floods, bumper crop or low MSP. This has put them under additional distress, leading to many farmers committing suicide. The protesters have called for a one-time complete loan waiver.
Payment of pending sugarcane dues
“First, we want the long promised Swaminathan Report to be implemented. The increase in the prices of diesel, petrol and electricity have completely crippled farmers. And now the government has also directed that tractors older than 10 years have to be taken off the field. Where are we supposed to get the money for new tractors? So many farmers have not received payment for their sugarcane, which has been taken to the sugar mills…,” said Ramesh Yadav (65), from Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur district. “There is a rage amongst us farmers. Why else would elderly men like be out in the streets for so many days?”
The farmers have urged the government to expedite clearing the dues to sugarcane farmers. In the 2017-18 agricultural year, India produced 32 million tonnes of sugar, while the demand was only 25 million tonnes, leading to a crash in prices of sugar. As a result, the farmers have not been able to clear their dues. The Uttar Pradesh government earlier this month approved a Rs 5,535-crore package to help mills clear their outstanding payment dues to growers, which are now almost at Rs 10,000 crore.

Bima Koregaon Case : Delhi High Court frees activist Gautam Navlakha from house arrest

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Navlakha was under house arrest, as per the orders of the Supreme Court.
Navlakha was set free after he approached the Delhi High Court citing last weekʹs Supreme Court ruling, which said that all five activists arrested in the Bhima-Koregaon violence probe were free to approach appropriate courts for relief.
Gautam Navlakha was arrested from Delhi last month by the Pune police for suspected Maoist links.
While setting Navlakha free, the Delhi High Court also quashed a transit remand, which would have allowed the Maharashtra Police to take Navlakha to Pune.
The court said Navlakhaʹs detention has exceeded 24 hours which was “untenable”.
Navlakha was arrested in connection with the Elgaar Parishad event that police believe then triggered violence at the Koregaon-Bhima village.
Source : INDIA TODAY

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