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Maoist links: DU professor GN Saibaba, JNU student and three others get life imprisonment

 

The Gadchiroli sessions court today granted life imprisonment to Delhi University professor G N Saibaba, a JNU student and three other convicts in connection with their Maoist links. One convict Vijay Tirki got 10-years jail.
Earlier in the day, the six accused were convicted by the Gadchiroli court for their alleged links with Maoists and their involvement in anti-India activities.
Along with DU professor Saibaba, JNU student Hem Mishra, former journalist Prashant Rahi and three others have been convicted for Maoist links. The Gadchiroli court announced the punishment at 3 pm today. The other three convicts are couriers Mahesh Tirki, Pandu Narote and Vijay Tirki.
The court found Saibaba and five others guilty of waging a war against India. Saibaba was a professor at Delhi University’s Ram Lal Anand College. According to The Indian Express, Judge SS Shinde convicted the accused under sections 13, 18, 20, 38 and 39 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
Earlier, prosecution lawyer Prashant Sathianathan had demanded life imprisonment under section 20 of the Act for the accused. He also that Saibaba shouldn’t get any reprieve, even as he is disabled and wheelchair-bound. The prosecution argued that his handicap didn’t stop him from aiding and abetting activities that claimed several lives.
Saibaba was out on bail since June last year.
Mishra and Rahi were first arrested in August and September 2013 from Aheri and Chhattisgarh respectively, according to police. Saibaba was arrested on May 9, 2014 from his residence in Delhi on the basis of the alleged incriminating material recovered from the two. The police claimed they had recovered documents, hard disks and pen drives.During the argument in court in November, the prosecution said that the prosecution of the accused was being done as per the rules. “We told the court that the sanction was secured from the state government after submission of documents and material that establish the complicity of the three accused in the activities furthering the cause of the banned organization,” Prashant Sathiyanathan, Special Public Prosecutor, had told The Indian Express.

Videos taken as evidence against JNU Students were manipulated

campusfront 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

Tamil folk singer Kovan arrested for anti-government song, slapped with sedition charge

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What happened to S Kovan, a 45-year-old folk singer from Trichy, in the early hours of Friday has a lot in common with the plot of India’s entry to Oscars 2016, Court. The movie portrays the ordeal of a Dalit activist-poet, who challenges the establishment through his songs and is subsequently held responsible for the suicide of a sewage cleaner. In Kovan’s case, the Tamil Nadu police Friday slapped sedition charges on him for songs he penned against the J Jayalalithaa-led Tamil Nadu government and its liquor policy.
Officials said the Cyber Crime Police picked up Kovan from his house in Woraiyur near Trichy at 2.30 am. Kovan heads the cultural wing of Makkal Kalai Ilakkiya Kazhagam or People’s Art and Literary Association, a 30-year-old movement working for the weaker sections of society. The cultural wing routinely performs folk songs and street plays on socio-economic issues.
Kovan was reportedly arrested for the lyrics of two songs he had penned in the last few months, ‘Moodu Tasmac Moodu’ and ‘Ooruku oru Sarayam
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/sedition-charge-against-tamil-folk-singer-for-anti-jayalalithaa-song/

Salwa Judum 2 Squad attacks Adivasi activists Soni Rori in Bastar

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… journalists, scholars, lawyers and political activists documenting the unfolding tragedy in Chhattisgarh are systematically hounded out of the region…

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

Supreme Court Rejects Plea of Bail for Kanhaiya Kumar

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From CorreoVermello
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.
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Lawyers fighting police atrocities in Bastar allege they are being forced to leave

Days after Scroll contributor Malini Subramaniam at Bastar in Chattisgarh came under pressure from local groups and the police following to her reportage on police atrocities, Isha Khandewal, the lawyer representing Malini and a member of legal aid group JagLAG, says they are being forced to leave Jagdalpur. JagLAG (Jagdalpur Legal Aid group), a non-profit that has been providing free aid to tribal communities in south Chhattisgarh’s five Naxal-affected districts, chose to legally represent Malini Subramaniam following a physical assault on her property in Bastar on February 8. Continue reading

Withdrawal of UAPA and Other Draconian Laws! Defend Political Prisoners! Prepare and Join the International Week of Actions April 2-9!

‘No one can kill the dream for democracy’

Sudhir-Dhawale-150x150[In 2011, Sudhir Dhawale was arrested under several sections of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and then spent nearly four years in jail. He was acquitted of all the charges filed against him in court. Over the four years that he spent in jail, he was denied nearly every basic human right. This was entirely unconstitutional and the law enforcement officials need to be made answerable for it. On the 23rd of May 2015, he spoke at the ‘Convention against Silencing Democracy & Criminalizing Dissent’ organized by the Committee for the Defence and Release of Dr. GN Saibaba in Delhi. Anjani Kumar spoke to him on the 24th of May on various issues and the interview is produced below.] Continue reading

Bhagalpur University professor arrested in Bihar on suspected Naxal links

bilakshan_ravidas-99eb1From Secours Rouge (Unoffical translation)
A professor at the Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University, also known as Bhagalpur University, has been arrested on suspected Naxal links. Bihar Police have arrested Dr. Bilakshan Ravidas, who is also proctor of the University. Dr. Ravidas is a noted Dalit scholar and has also contested elections as an independent.

Brutal Repression on Students and Youth in Kerala

KeralaStudenteBeat The brutal attack carried out by the police on protesting students and youths in Kerala. The protest was called to demand immediate resignation of the Chief Minister

Press freedom groups call for release of Indian journalists

A coalition of press freedom and human rights groups is calling for the release of two Indian journalists who have been detained for several months. Somaru Nag, who worked for the newspaper Patrika, was arrested on 16 July 2015 and accused of being a Maoist sympathiser who collaborated with villagers to sabotage road-building equipment. Nag, who covered rural issues such as access to water and electricity, faces charges of banditry, arson and criminal conspiracy.
Santosh Yadav, a freelance journalist who reported on allegations of human rights abuses by the police against tribal communities, was arrested on 29 September 29 2015. He is accused of rioting, criminal conspiracy, and attempted murder. Police also allege that he associated with a terrorist organisation and of “supporting and aiding terrorist groups”. Both men are represented by the same lawyer, Isha Khandelwal, who says they are innocent of all charges.
Both men were detained in Chhattisgarh, one of the fastest-developing states in India and a major source of electricity and steel for the country. The region has been the scene of attacks by Naxalite-Maoist insurgents of the Communist Party of India (Maoist). The coalition, headed by the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), argues that journalists working in the state find themselves caught between the Maoists and government forces.
http://www.theguardian.com/media/greenslade/2016/jan/20/press-freedom-groups-call-for-release-of-indian-journalists

Important CPI (Maoist) documents

"Against Proposed Aerial Attacks on Adivasi Areas"

Red Homage to CPI(Maoist) Central Committee member Comrade Sridhar Srinivasan!

“The closure of three thousand schools and ashrams by the CG government is a symbol of the economic and academic bankruptcy and its anti people character”

“In Support of the Australian Indigenous Peoples’ Struggle Against Adani”

“Rise Against the Proposed Salva Judum-2 with the name Vikas Sangharsh Samithi (Committee to Struggle for Development)! — An appeal to the people, democrats, progressive intellectuals, writers, teachers, lawyers, media personnel, human rights organizations, adivasi, non-adivasi social organizations, sarv samaj, sarv adivasi samaj”

“A Call to the People to Fight Back the New Form of Salva Judum and the Supportive Organization of Greenhunt, Salva Judum-2”

“Boycott the Visit of Modi, the Prime Servant of CBB and MNCs to Chhattisgarh”

“Against the Family Planning Murders of Women”

“Condemn the Limitation on Buying Paddy”, in support of the peasant’s struggle

“Against Harrakoder Fake Encounter"

MIB Interview with Comrade Ganapathy: “Building on the new, unique and unprecedented achievements of the last decade, Indian revolution will certainly overcome the difficult situation to win newer, larger and more glorious victories”

Unite, Fight Back and Defeat ‘OGH—Third Phase’ of the Fascist Modi Government

Fight Back [against] the Anti-Working Class Amendments to Labour Laws by the NDA Goverment! Vikas model of Modi is Vinash for the people of India and Vistar for the imperialists and compradors!

CC Collected Statements: Volume 1 (September 2004 - February 2007)

CC Collected Statements: Volume 2 (March 2007 - July 2010)

CC Collected Statements: Volume 3 (August 2010 - August 2014)

Collected Interviews — September 2004 - August 2014

Message to the Milan International Conference in Solidarity with the People’s War in India

A Call to the People of India! Shatter the shackles of imperialism and feudalism, Destroy this rotten system! Build your future and that of the country with your own hands!

Statement in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) on September 21, 2004, issued by the Odisha State Committee of the CPI (Maoist) -Hindi

Pamphlet in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) on September 21, 2004, issued by the Odisha State Committee of the CPI (Maoist) -Hindi

Condemn the Invasion of Gaza and Massacre of Palestinians by Zionist Israel! Hail the Heroic National Liberation Struggle for Independent Palestine!

Pamphlet and in honor of Com. Barunda (Sushil Roy), put out by the Odisha State Committee of the CPI (Maoist) -Hindi

Jan Sangram Issue4 July 2014 -Hindi

CC CPI(Maoist) Statement on the Lok Sabha Election Results

Jan Sangram 2014 March - Special Election Boycott Issue -Hindi

Jan Sangram, 2014 Pamphlet On International Day Of Support -Hindi

Tongpal Ambush is the Consequence of White Terrorism of the Indian State in the name of Operation Green Hunt — ‘War on the People

Merger Declaration of the CPI(Maoist) and CPI(M-L)Naxalbari

Boycott the sham parliament & assembly elections!

Comrade Abhay Interview on General Elections — 2014

Condolence Message of the CC, CPI(Maoist) on the Demise of Comrade S. A. Rauf

The message for the International Conference in Hamburg by the Secretary, CPI(Maoist)

The Call of the CC, CPI(Maoist) to celebrate the 9° anniversary of the Party

On the PLGA Attack of May 25