Hindustan Times feature article on lumpen fascism in Jharkhand
..Jharkhand lies in the middle of the so-called “red corridor”, a string of states infested with Maoist insurgents who claim to be fighting for the rights of peasants, tribals and landless labourers. For years, the mineral-rich state served as a base for the insurgents who have been at the centre of India’s longest-running internal conflict that has taken more lives than the conflict in Kashmir. But unlike other “red-corridor” states, Jharkhand also has more than a dozen armed groups active in its forests, many of them breakaway factions of the CPI (Maoist). Though the state government has banned activities of several Left Wing Extremist (LWE) groups and security forces claim to be going after them, rights activists allege security agencies have covertly propped these terror gangs to use them against the Maoists. “In the early 2000s, police suffered severe losses at the hands of the Maoists. Continue reading
Jawaharlal Nehru University or JNU – taken as evidence against students charged with sedition – were doctored, a forensic investigation ordered by the Delhi government has revealed.
Words in the videos that are seen to incite violence have been spliced, says the forensic lab report.
The investigation also shows that the slogan “Pakistan Zindabad” was not in any of the videos.
The Aam Aadmi Party government had sent seven videos to the Hyderabad-based Truth Labs.
The chairman of Truth Labs, KPC Gandhi, has confirmed to NDTV that two of the most controversial videos were clearly “manipulated” and voices were added to them.
“There is discontinuity in video and audio has been inserted from elsewhere. Whose voices have been inserted can also be determined if voice samples are provided to us,” Mr Gandhi said. Continue reading
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court pulled up the Delhi Police today while hearing the bail application of Kanhaiya Kumar, the JNU student arrested on sedition charges. The Court reserved its order for March 2 after an elaborate hearing today in which it asked the police if what Mr Kumar did justified “the hue and cry.” Continue reading
NEW DELHI: Police in Delhi’s Patiala House Court allowed the man who assaulted him to walk away, JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar told the team of lawyers sent by the Supreme Court after violence broke out on the premises for the second time in one week, last Wednesday.
In a video that was filmed by Haren Rawal, one of the lawyers sent to the court, Mr Kumar states that he was assaulted while being brought in for his hearing. “I was punched, kicked, thrown to the ground,” he says.
“A mob dressed like lawyers were waiting to attack me. I was brutally beaten up. Police who were escorting me were also thrashed,” he says in the video. He says the attackers were “highly politically motivated”.
But when he and a professor from JNU identified one of the attackers, police did not stop the man and allowed him to leave, Mr Kumar says. “They just allowed him to walk away,” he says. Continue reading
An atmosphere of terror prevails in Bastar in Chhattisgarh. Every update from the ground is chilling and reminds us that the administration is clearly against those who are trying to revive the corpse of democracy in the area. Four recent developments on the ground highlight how the state government is intent on hounding hope out of the region. Continue reading
Indian news media reported that the Supreme Court denied the lawyers Kanhaiya Kumar, the leader of the JNU student imprisoned, his petition for bail.
The text of lawyers rejected the charges and condemns the aggression suffered by the student leader at the hands of fascist elements in the headquarters of the Patiala House Court.
It is also reported a demonstration of journalists in the Mumbai Press Club to protest against the assaults on journalists in the Patiala House Court by pro- Hindu fascist gangs. Continue reading
New Delhi: Arrested JNU student Kanhaiya Kumar was dragged, kicked and slapped by lawyers at a Delhi court while being taken for his bail hearing.
A 200-strong group of lawyers was shouting slogans inside the Patiala House Court complex when Mr Kumar was brought for the hearing. Slogans of “Goli Maaro, Phaansi Do (shoot him, hang him!)” were heard by witnesses.
Mr Kumar, 28, was injured, say reports.
The attackers later “boasted” about beating Kanhaiya and said “our job is done”, a report suggested. Continue reading