The walls of Tihar shut out not only the warmth of the sun, but also of society. The high walls of the high risk wards block out the sun and also most facilities, OPD and entertainment in jail.
The inhumanity of the atmosphere within the jail is even colder. Extreme levels of manipulativeness and selfishness would make even our politicians look like gems. Truth is a rarity, falsehood the norm, naturalness a casualty, pretence is natural.
Tihar reflects, one could say, the microcosm of today’s society outside, only the dregs of it. Of course, in the dirtiest muck, one finds some diamonds, but that is rare. To live by principles is near impossible, to live opportunistically the main principle. Simplicity is considered naïve, nay foolish. The cunning and the ruthless are the models. Continue reading
Prof. G Hargopal has written a letter to Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik regarding hunger strike by under trial prisoners demanding speedy trial of their cases in jails of Odisha.
Hargopal is one of the Maoists chosen mediators who negotiated with the Odisha government for release of R Vineel Krishna, the then Malkangiri district collector and junior engineer Pabitra Majhi who were abducted by the ultras in February 2011.
Dear Shri. Naveen Patnaikji,
Pl recall our meetings at the time of Malkangiri episode where we intervened and negotiated on a request from Odisha Govt and Maoist party. You would agree that the issue could be negotiated without any loss of human life. I am sure you would also appreciate civil societal intervention helps in conflict situations.
Bhubaneswar: Maoist leader Dunna Keshav Rao alias Azad dropped his indefinite fast on Wednesday in the SCB Medical at Cuttack. Accepting the request of ADG (Jail) Arun Ray, Azad called off his fast which was going on for the last 21 days. Azad’s associates Kamalakant Sethi and Asutosh Soren also ended their fast, said sources.
Azad and his six fellow inmates had been hospitalised in the Capital Hospital on April 6 after the condition of them turned serious as they have been on a hunger strike for the past few days. Later, under deteriorating health condition Azad and few others were shifted to SCB Cuttack.
Notably, Azad was lodged in the Jharpada Circle Jail here from 2011 and it was his fourth fast inside the jail in the past five years demanding fulfillment of the five point charter of demands which includes speedy trial, status of a political prisoner, regular court production for trial of the cases filed against him. He alleged that the State Police intentionally booked him in old cases.
Fourth year in a row, the 36 Jailed Maruti Suzuki workers came to the Court for their hearing on APRIL 16TH . They are still in Jail since July 2012 without even having got bail.
The High Court earlier rejecting their bail plea had commented that “the reputation of India in the world has been lowered (by the workers actions). It should be ensured that foreign investment is not adversely affected”. 212 workers languish under the heavy hand of criminal cases, 2500 working class families have been almost reduced to destitution and continuous repression for daring to speak out and revolt. This state repression is daily growing in these industrial belts on behest of the capitalist class.
The ‘Great Indian Nation’ daily devours its people on the altar of the machine, the Dollar and the Rupee. The Judiciary, which manages the legality of the atrocity, is particularly savage when it comes to the toilers of the land or the ‘fringes’ from the land.
Only class solidarity dares to stand by in such times. Today the workers of the Maruti Gurgaon plant through its Union collected money from their salaries, and supported the family members of 36 jailed Maruti workers by offering Rs. 50,000 financial contribution to each of the families. The newly elected office bearers of Marutisuzuki Workersunion of Maruti Manesar plant including Union President Ajmer and General Secretary Daulat Ram, the union body of Maruti Powertrain and Suzuki Motorcycles, and the members of the provisional working committee, MSWU were present. All the workers and struggling Union representatives reaffirmed their commitment to the struggle for justice for the jailed Maruti workers.
Immediately release the political prisoners of class struggle from Maruti to Pricol to Orient Craft to Graziano to Regent Ceramics !
Bhubaneswar: Police on Monday refused to allow a group of civil society members to meet three undertrial prisoners, who are undergoing treatment at the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack after their condition deteriorated due to indefinite fast.
The prisoners had begun the fast in the Jharpada Special Jail here on March 30 demanding expeditious trial of their cases. They and four others were arrested in connection with the February 15, 2008, Maoist attack on police stations and looting of armoury in Nayagarh in which 14 policemen and one civilian were killed.
Five cases were registered against them. In three cases, six of them have since been acquitted. Their complaint, sent to different authorities including the chief minister and human rights commissions (Odisha and national), is that trial in the remaining two cases though started in March 2012 has not made much progress because of non-production of witnesses, mostly government employees. This has led to their long stay in jail. They further said the high court had issued a direction to dispose of their cases by 2012. Continue reading
COMMITTEE FOR THE RELEASE OF POLITICAL PRISONERS
185/3, FOURTH FLOOR, ZAKIR NAGAR, NEW DELHI-110025
IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE POLITICAL PRISONERS WHO ARE ON HUNGER STRIKE IN ODISHA JAILS FOR THEIR DEMAND OF SPEEDY TRIAL
10 April 2015
RELEASE ALL THE POLITICAL PRISONERS LANGUISHING IN VARIOUS JAILS IN ODISHA FOR YEARS TOGETHER WITHOUT ANY TRIAL SOLELY DUE TO THE DELIBERATE DELAY INDULGED IN BY THE PROSECUTION!
POLITICAL PRISONER STATUS TO ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS!
PUNISH THE OFFICERS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CRIMINAL DELAY!
CONSITUTE AN IMPARTIAL JUDICIAL INQUIRY INTO SUCH WIDESPREAD INSTANCES OF IMPUNITY IN ODISHA, CHATTISGARH, JHARKHAND, WEST BENGAL, BIHAR, DELHI, JAMMU & KASHMIR, KERALA, KARNATAKA!
ALLOW CIVIL RIGHTS ORGANISATIONS, FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS OF POLITICAL PRISONERS TO VISIT AND HEAR OUT TO THE
INCARCERATED PRISONERS! Continue reading
GUNTUR: Arrested Maoist leader Bhutham Annapurna has said that she had no intention of surrendering before police and is still drawn towards revolutionary ideology.
Annapurna, who also goes by the names Padma, Aruna and Suguna, said: “As I fell sick, I came to my sister’s house five days ago to take rest. I have not yet decided about my future.” The aspirations of people would only be realised through a revolution. “I still believe that the society will witness changes only through revolutions. As we believe the same, we are fighting for the cause,” she told the media in the presence of Guntur Rural SP K Narayana Naik. Continue reading
Bhubaneswar: Maoist leader Azad and six others sitting on a hunger strike at Jharpada Circle Jail have been admitted to the Capital Hospital here on Wednesday.
As per sources, the condition of Azad and the six fellow inmates is serious as they have been on a hunger strike for the last seven days.
Azad along with the six sat on hunger strike on March 30 for fulfillment of their five point demand including quick trial of cases against them.
Azad’s mother D Kamullama and his lawyer Dilli Rao had visited Azad in the jail on Monday and had reported his condition to be deteriorating demanding fulfillment of his demands.After the intervention of Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) to the Prisons Directorate, Home Department and DGP, ADG (Prisons) Arun Kumar Ray had visited the jail on Sunday to take adequate steps to end the strike. Notably, Azad has sat on hunger strike thrice before since the start of his jail term at Jharpada Jail in 2011.
Support the struggle launched again by political prisoners in Odisha, 7 in Bhubaneswar, 5 in Ganjam!
by Prashant Rahi
(Most are accused in the cases pertaining to 5 Nayagarh cases registered in connection with a Multiple Raid in 2008 by a Maoist military detachment, including the raid of the local police armoury).
12 prisoners, 7 in Bhubanseshwar Special Jail and 5 in Bhanjanagar Sub-jail of Ganjam district of Odisha, in incarceration for a period of 3 to 8 years as undertrials have gone on indefinite hunger strike since March 30 and 31, respectively, demanding an end to the deliberate procrastination going on in their trials in spite of clear directions from the Cuttack High Court to conclude the them long before. Continue reading
Berhampur: Five undertrial prisoners, including three women, housed in special sub-jail, Bhanjanagar, in Ganjam district allegedly involved in Maoist activities launched hunger strike from Friday. The inmates are demanding faster trial of their cases or release on bail. They also sought political prisoner status.
The five are identified as Kandra Dalabehera, Kadam Bajali, Telem Soni, Malati Majhi and K Anita, official sources said.
All of them are languishing in the jail for over four years, the sources said. The trial is slow as witnesses, mainly the police officers, are not turning up. Around eight to 12 cases are pending against each, the sources said. Continue reading