Sunday, May 6, 2012
The role of Indian politician and Police Force is deteriorating at a rapid pace, mostly in Bengal. We can not trust government ( administration and Police), In news, we see often that Police is doing wrong and involved with illegal activities.
A series of incident took place in recent times in west Bengal that is shocking. In most cases it seems Police and administration even our ministers and political leaders do not have proper knowledge of Indian constitution and its laws and order. This leads to an unwanted chaos and put the nation in hue and cry. We common people has no security! Where would we go? This question comes up in every mind. Hope concerned authority has an ear!
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Clinton presses Sri Lanka on rights panel
Fri May 28, 2010
(Reuters) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Sri Lanka Friday to ensure a new panel investigating possible rights abuses be given powers to probe any allegations of war crimes during its long civil conflict.
Civil rights groups have said the Sri Lankan government should be investigated for potential war crimes at the end of the war a year ago against separatist Tamil guerrillas. Colombo has denied the allegations and rejected charges that tens of thousands of civilians died.
Sri Lanka has a long history of inquiries into rights abuses that have largely failed to hold anyone accountable, and analysts say the new committee appointed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa does not have the statutory powers of a commission of inquiry and is acting only as an advisory body.
Sri Lanka is under heavy Western pressure over its human rights record, pressure the government blames on members of the Tamil diaspora who have settled in European countries or the United States and are angry the LTTE were beaten.
Peiris said the commission had been given adequate finances to begin its work and repeated that it was too early for the United Nations to set up its own panel as U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has vowed to do.
"If we feel there is a need for support, then we will certainly be happy engage in a dialogue with the United Nations," Peiris said.
Sri Lankan government has formed nine ad hoc commissions of inquiry to investigate enforced disappearances and a number of other human rights-related inquiries. These commissions of inquiry have lacked credibility and have delayed criminal investigations.
Anybody who watched the SL President’s interview on Al Jazeera, could see the cavalier attitude about humane issues by the President and his intention to continue with the authoritarian, dynastic rule.
He has quickly become one of the worst human abusers in the history of mankind.
Tamil citizens are not protected by their government and continue to suffer under worst enforced atrocities, under constant authoritarian rule, lawlessness, and under constant oppression. U.N must step in as it has the obligation to protect these people by invoking the R2P (Responsibility to Protect the Global Citizens, this is a Canadian doctrine adopted by UN in 2005) U.N adopted Humanitarian Intervention to save these global citizens (in this case Tamils) who are facing extermination by their governments. Even after the War ended a year ago, still enforced abductions, disappearances, and random killing against Tamils are widely taking place in north and east and other parts of Sri Lanka.
U.S. supports Sri Lankan truth panel
B. Muralidhar Reddy
The United States has expressed the hope that the Reconciliation Commission established by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to study events from 2002 till the military defeat of the LTTE would be given broad enough mandate to follow the trail of any evidence.
At a meeting with the island nation's Foreign Minister G.L. Peiris on Friday in Washington, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said her country supported the creation of the Commission and added that experience in other countries had shown that such commissions had credibility and legitimacy within the country and had a valuable role in advancing accountability.
She was responding to a question at a news conference along with Mr. Peiris on concerns expressed by groups like the Human Rights Watch (HRW) that the mandate of the Commission was narrow and might not cover the alleged violation of human rights in the last phase of Eelam War IV.
Ms. Clinton acknowledged that there has been tremendous progress in re-settlement of the nearly three lakh Tamil civilians and that many thousands of such internally displaced persons have returned home.
A statement by the Sri Lankan mission in Washington released here said that during the meeting, Mr. Peiris told Ms. Clinton that Sri Lanka hoped to resettle the remaining 45,000 displaced people within the next three months.
“It is not a question of just resettling people physically,” he said. “We want to ensure a restoration of livelihoods so that they're able to live their lives with dignity without bitterness or rancour. That's very essential.”
Mr. Peiris is on a five-day tour of the U.S. and in the course of his visit to New York three days ago had met U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and argued against a proposal by the U.N. chief to constitute a committee of experts to advice him on matters
related to Sri Lanka.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
It has been a year since the Sri Lankan government declared victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), in a conflict where massive violations were committed by both sides. The scale and nature of atrocities escalated in the last stages of the military assault between January and May 2009. Witnesses say, many thousands of civilians died, caught between the warring parties.
The Sri Lankan government’s armed forces and the LTTE completely disregarded protecting civilians through their appalling military actions. This is a blatant violation of international humanitarian law that prohibits indiscriminate or targeted attacks on civilians and hostage taking.
But where is the outrage? Why is the UN Security Council (UNSC) silent?
UN General Secretary, Ban Ki-Moon, tried to discuss the situation with the Sri Lankan President directly. But his actions to ensure accountability in
The survivors of the conflict have no closure. In
It is only international pressure in the form of a UN mandated independent investigation that will ensure that states like
Join Amnesty International’s campaign to ‘Make International Justice Real’ which will be launched on May 18th, 2010. For further information on the crisis in
The complete failure of the Sri Lankan government to genuinely address this impunity means that the United Nations must step in and conduct an independent international investigation as a first step towards international justice.
In particular, the truth must be established about the extent of violations that occurred in the final stages of the war, when the government prohibited independent monitoring and reporting by the United Nations and other observers.
Disturbingly, the United Nations has so far failed to take any effective action to establish the truth and demand accountability for violations committed in Sri Lanka.
For lasting peace in Sri Lanka, there must be accountability. Allegations of war crimes and other crimes under international law must be fully investigated and those found to be responsible must be prosecuted before competent, impartial and independent criminal courts.
Survivors and the families of those killed must be provided with full and effective reparations to address their suffering and to help them rebuild their lives.
Impunity will continue in Sri Lanka unless the United Nations establishes an independent international investigation.
Friday, January 9, 2009
RAPE : A BEASTLY ACT ,CAN BE CURBED WITH PROPER SENSE AND RESPECT
by Albert Ashok
Rape is violation of human mind and body. No doubt it’s a crime and who rapes is a criminal, the rapist should be tried in court WITH DUE PUNISHMENT.
The recent Noida rape case and Union Minister for Women and Child Development Renuka Chowdhury’s comment need public attention. My view is from an angle of human being – no female and male gender biased perspective. I want to criticize women and child development minister Renuka Choudhary’s comment on Wednesday that she justifies rape as 'a life sentence for women'.
Actually she discourages women by saying so. The feminists and women organizations are trying hard for long to help women stand on their own legs, breaking all old taboos about life and sex. A rape is a life sentence in a woman or girl’s life? Is it a message to cripple woman’s life? Does rape mean slaying woman?
Our Indian woman are lagging behind in education, culture and general knowledge. Most woman treat their husband as god and without serving them their meal womenfolk do not touch water, in rural areas woman have many superstitions , prejudices and obsessions about sex and way of life. Once they become widow in their early age they accept tragedy of life but don’t step forward to remarry and live happily. In this situation Ms. Renuka’s remark will cripple the psychology and spirit of living normal. They will not be encouraged to overcome the incident as an accident and revitalize life as before.
Punishment of a crime should be decided by a panel consist of experts and seasoned people with different aspects and views so that a right punishment, fool proof, can be shaped. Its not whimsical and result of one’s sudden emotion. Its my explanation that if rape punishment is death then it would really be a deterrent for a rapist but it would make more risky to woman’s life. The rapist would kill the woman to wipe the proof. The punishment should be a measure to protect woman first and never punishment of the criminal. The criminal will be punished according the nature of rape. It should be foolproof, so that the law is not abused by any party. In our country woman has tendencies to seduce a richer man and finally marry. And when refused they say it is rape. Many instances are there and news medias record. A gang rape is really can be called rape and heinous crime. But after years of living together with mutual consent it could not be read rape. Another nature of rape is seen in our society—a man who has lot contributions to the society, driven by sudden impulse, under any circumstance may commit rape. If he is given life sentence as a punishment it would be inhuman.
Rape is offence. Sometimes it leaves the victim a trauma for her life long term, sometime its not so severe. Human being meet a lot of unfavourable situation since birth. Human being are also accustomed to dodge past and avoid accidents and unfavourable phase of life. A woman is raped it does not mean she is killed. It means she got hit physically or mentally or both. She needs braving the accident and take life as before, rehabilitation. She should never be discouraged that her life has drawn an end. Sex is a little part of procreation and the rest part is excretion, like we leave excreta everyday and everybody. When someone get amputation of limbs for an accident we encourage to overcome and get life normal. I hope the right authorities will come forward and take action to deal the case in right way
Indian Law: 498A. Husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty.--Whoever, being the husband or the relative of the husband of a woman, subjects such woman to cruelty shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years and shall also be liable to fine.
1. Chapter XXA inserted by Act 46 of 1983, s. 2. 212
Explanation.-For the purposes of this section, "cruelty" means- (a) any wilful conduct which is of such a nature as is likely to drive the woman to commit suicide or to cause grave injury or danger to life, limb or health (whether mental or physical) of the woman; or (b) harassment of the woman where such harassment is with a view to coercing her or any person related to her to meet any unlawful demand for any property or valuable security or is on account of failure by her or any person related to her to meet such demand.]
Thursday, December 25, 2008
The history of Pakistan is messed up by ISI, They have no records of peace and stability, Most rulers of that country are stained with dishonesty and corruption. It has no clean image, and always running a proxy war with India. Its leaders lie to its people and deprive them from truth.
It's trait is like cunning jackals. It flexes its muscle like a clown and being victim of its own creation -- Islamic terrorists.
UN: Pakistani Charity Was Terrorist Front
Security Council Imposes Sanctions On Group Linked To Mumbai Attacks
UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 11, 2008
CBS/AP) A U.N. Security Council panel has declared a Pakistan-based charity a front group for the terrorist organization blamed in the attacks on Mumbai that killed 171 people. In a move sought by India and the United States, the panel said the charity Jamaat-ud-Dawa was a front for the Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba and subject to U.N. sanctions on terrorist organizations. By accepting that Jamaat-ud-Dawa is essentially an alias for the Lashkar group, a stance firmly held by U.S. authorities, the U.N. panel has significantly added to India's pressure for Pakistan's civilian government to prove that it is cracking down on militant groups and pursuing extremists blamed for last month's siege of India's commercial capital.
A lot of refersnces are below from recent years :
Pakistani Charity Under Scrutiny in Plot
LONDON, Aug. 13 2006
British and Pakistani investigators are trying to determine whether the group of Britons suspected of plotting to blow up as many as 10 commercial airliners may have received money raised for earthquake relief by a Pakistani charity that is a front for an Islamic militant group.
The charity, Jamaat ud Dawa, which is active in the mosques of Britain’s largest cities provided the money that was to be used to buy plane tickets for the suspects to conduct a practice run as well as the attacks themselves. The money is believed to have come directly from the group’s network in Britain and was not sent from Pakistan,
EXCLUSIVE REPORT: Hurricane Katrina charity tied to Islamic terrorist
Islamic charity: All roads lead to Pakistani terrorist
(If that is not bad enough, a county road in Virginia is named after the international terrorist despite renaming requests to county supervisors)
Investigative report by Douglas J. Hagmann, Director 19 February 2007 :
Continued investigation by the Northeast Intelligence Network of the Jamaat ul Fuqra terrorist organization has revealed additional information about the group's activities inside the United States - including the possible diversion of money to train terrorists and finance terrorist operations through a number of non-profit organizations, front companies and Islamic charities..
Faith, Charity and the Money Trail to Pakistan's Islamist Militants
Religious donations fuel boom in Islamic schools and get money to extremists.
Quick, cheap and paperless, the age-old hawala money transfer is thriving in Pakistan. Millions of emigrants use it to remit their wages to families back home. But hawala is also favoured by drug smugglers, corrupt officials, and the financiers of militant Islam.
Donors in petrodollar-rich Gulf countries, the US and Europe send donations - anything from a few thousand dollars to several million, said Seth Jones of the Washington-based Rand Corporation. "Without significant funding from abroad, especially the Gulf states, we would be nowhere near the current level of Islamist militancy," he said. "We're talking about tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars." President Pervez Musharraf is coming under fresh pressure to crack down on the flow. Last month's Red Mosque siege in Islamabad raised questions about how a madrasa with no apparent source of income could afford to feed up to 6,000 students - and still have money to build a small arsenal of weapons. Karachi is reputedly a hub of Taliban and Islamist financing. Last month Mariane Pearl, widow of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who was murdered in Karachi in 2002, launched a court action against a bank she alleges helped her husband's killers.
In Pakistan zakat - one of the five pillars of Islam - is levied by the state. But in oil-rich Gulf States Muslims also send zakat abroad - an estimated £50m a year from Saudi Arabia. That money has helped fund an explosion of mosques and madaris in Pakistan; some also ends up in the coffers of militant groups.
International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO), a charity founded by Osama bin Laden's brother-in-law, which still has a large office in Pakistan.
US-based Muslim charity convicted of funding terrorism
Leaders of Holy Land Foundation guilty on 108 charges of aiding terrorism, money laundering and tax fraud
US-based Muslim charity found guilty of funding terrorism
The more common methods employed by terrorist outfits to generate funds - as experienced in the context of South Asia - are:
Voluntary contributions: From individuals, members of expatriate communities, and organizations that sympathize with the broad objectives of the terrorist organization. The LTTE in Sri Lanka and the Al Qaeda, regularly receive sizeable contributions through such means.
Forced/Compulsory donations: Ethnic, ideological and religious terrorists are known to use the technique of forced or compulsory donations On special occasions such as religious festivals, sending round of ‘collection boxes’ is fairly common, and provides anonymity as well. Compulsory subscriptions to pro-terrorist publications have laterally become an important avenue for generation of funds. The Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toeba’s monthly, Majalah-al-Dawana, and its weekly magazine, Al Ghazwa, are two prime examples.
State support/sponsorship: The Lashkar-e-Toeba, the Hizbul Mujahideen and the Al Badr (which operate in India), are well patronized, including through provision of funds, by certain official agencies across the border. Shared objectives such as involvement in ‘Low Intensity Conflict’ provide the excuse for such official support. A tentative estimate of funds made available to such terrorist outfits annually is in the region of a few million dollars.
Extortion and use of coercive methods: Many terrorist outfits today imitate criminal enterprises. Intimidation of small businesses, individuals and even some State enterprises to extort funds has become common.
Association with Criminal Syndicates: Jehadi and non-jehadi terrorist outfits seek, and enter into, partnerships with Organized Criminal Syndicates, and outsource fund-raising to the latter. This is largely true of metropolitan cities. It takes many forms, but mainly bank robberies and kidnapping for ransom.
Utilisation of legitimate business enterprises: Terrorist outfits set up legitimate business enterprises viz. restaurants, real estate, shipping, etc. and utilize part of the proceeds to siphon off funds for terrorist activities. Among terrorist outfits, the LTTE has a very well-established network of legitimate businesses, which provide both funds as well as logistics for their activities. Jehadi terrorist organizations have begun to follow suit.
Stock market operations: Isolated instances of terrorist outfits manipulating the stock markets to raise funds for their operations have been reported. Stock Exchanges in Mumbai and Chennai (India) have, on occasions, reported that fictitious or notional companies were engaging in stock-market operations. Some of these companies were later traced to terrorist outfits.
Misuse of banking channels: Legitimate banking channels are regularly being used to fund terrorist operations. Many instances of funds received via banking channels from so-called safe locations such as Dubai and UAE intended for terrorist organizations have been detected by Indian Counter-Terrorist Agencies. Each individual transaction tends to be small so as not to attract attention and to avoid detection. Use of both real, and fraudulent, ATM cards has also been resorted to at times.
Narcotics: Funds from drug cultivation and trafficking in narcotics are extensively used to fund terrorist outfits. Both jehadi outfits and the LTTE rely heavily on such funds for their activities. The sharp rise in opium cultivation in Afghanistan - which has more than doubled during the past few years - raises concerns of more funds becoming available to terrorists. According to Indian Agencies at least 1/8th of their major interdictions reveal a drugs- terrorist nexus.
Counterfeit currency: Counterfeiting of currency is currently a favourite method being adopted (by Agencies across the border) to fund terrorist activities directed at India. Large amounts of high quality counterfeit Indian currency are detected each year - the normal route being via Nepal, and Bangladesh.
Charities: An important source of funds to jehadi terrorist outfits are religious charities. Sincere believers contributing to charities are perhaps unaware that a sizeable portion of the funds go to fund terrorist activities and terrorist outfits. Many of the charities are already designated as ‘Terrorist Front Organisations’; yet most continue to operate under new labels. The Al Rashid Trust went through several changes in nomenclature, while the banned International Islamic Relief morphed into the Sanabil Al Khir Foundation. Conduits through which such funds find their way to terrorist organizations include established banking channels such as the Habib Bank in Pakistan.
Offices of Pakistani Charity Shuttered
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Dec. 11 -- Pakistan on Thursday closed 11 offices of a controversial Islamic charity that has been linked to last month's deadly attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai and placed the group's leader under house arrest.
Sayeed was one of four individuals singled out by the U.N. Security Council late Wednesday when it placed Jamaat-ud-Dawa on a list of designated terrorist organizations and imposed sanctions on the group, including an asset freeze, a travel ban and an arms embargo. The United Nations also said the charity was directly linked to Lashkar-i-Taiba, the outlawed Pakistani militant group that Indian authorities blame for the three-day siege in Mumbai that killed at least 171 people, including six Americans.
Pakistan Denies Islamic Charity Link to UK Bomb Plot
Pakistani officials are moving to shut down a charity linked to the militant group accused of masterminding the Mumbai attacks by freezing its assets and placing its leader under house arrest
Earlier Thursday, Pakistani officials said they were closing all of the organization's offices, while the country's central bank has frozen its assets.
Treasury Designates Charity Funneling Money to Palestinian Islamic Jihad--Action Marks 400th Designation of a Terrorist or Financier—
The U.S. Department of the Treasury today designated the Elehssan Society, including all its branches, as a charitable front for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). A deadly Palestinian terrorist group, PIJ has been named a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) and a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) by the U.S. Government and is also named on the European Union's list of terrorist entities.
"Elehssan masquerades as a charity, while actually helping to finance Palestinian Islamic Jihad's acts of terror against the Israeli people and other innocents," said Stuart Levey, the Treasury's Under Secretary for the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI). "We will not hesitate to act against those who enable murderers, regardless of how they disguise themselves."
Blacklist terror charity still open in Pakistan
The Markaz-e-Taiba complex of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa organisation remains open in Muridke, Pakistan, despite being terror blacklisted by UN
Pakistan Government orders closure of 'charity front for terrorists'
From The Times December 15, 2008
Pakistan 'linked to 75% of all UK terror plots', warns Gordon Brown
Gordon Brown demanded "action, not words" from Pakistan yesterday, blaming Pakistani militants for last month's attack on Mumbai and revealing that three quarters of the gravest terror plots under investigation in the UK had links to Pakistan.
Winding up a two-day tour of Afghanistan, India and Pakistan, the Prime Minister urged Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistan's President, to "break the chain of terror" linking Islamist militants in Afghanistan and Pakistan to attempted terrorist attacks in Britain.
"Three quarters of the most serious plots investigated by the British authorities have links to al-Qaeda in Pakistan," said Mr Brown in a press conference alongside Mr Zardari in the presidential palace in Islamabad. "The time has come for action, not words."
Islamic Terrorist Aggression : The whole world shrinking in fear
Related story : http://www.aclj.org/News/Read.aspx?ID=3129
December 1, 2008
By Bob Unruh, WorldNetDaily
A leading advocate for religious rights says an Islam-sponsored religious anti-"defamation" resolution pushed in the United Nations appears to be losing support but still remains a rattlesnake to Christianity around the world.
"U.N. Watch, a Geneva-based organization that monitors the U.N.'s Human Rights Council, acknowledged what we have stated all along that the resolution is 'aimed at the Western world to intimidate anyone from criticizing radical Islam,'" said Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law & Justice.
As WND reported, the organization raised alarms about the plan supported by the 57 member - nations of the Organization of the Islamic Conference.
The group repeatedly has lobbied since 1999 for the plan, based on the Cairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam, "which states that all rights are subject to Shariah law, and makes Shariah law the only source of reference for human rights."
The ACLJ has launched a petition effort to raise awareness of the campaign, to be delivered to the U.N. High Commissioner on Human Rights.
According to the ACLJ's European division, the European Center for Law & Justice, "The 'defamation of religion' resolutions establish as the primary focus and concern the protection of ideas and religions generally, rather than protecting the rights of individuals to practice their religion, which is the chief purpose of international religious freedom law.
"Furthermore, 'defamation of religion' replaces the existing objective criterion of limitations on speech where there is an intent to incite hatred or violence against religious believers with a subjective criterion that considers whether the religion or its believers feel offended by the speech," the group continued.
The ECLJ said, "The implementation of domestic laws to combat defamation of religion in many OIC countries reveals a selective and arbitrary enforcement toward religious minorities, who are often Christians. Those violations are frequently punishable by the death penalty."
The newest "anti-defamation" plan was submitted in March. It cites a declaration "adopted by the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers" at a meeting in Islamabad "which condemned the growing trend of Islamophobia and systematic discrimination against adherents of Islam."
But no such references are made for the protections of any other religions.
Now, in a website commentary, Sekulow notes support apparently is declining for the plan.
He said this week a vote revealed the impacts of the work by the ACLJ and ECLJ.
"The U.N.'s Third Committee voted on the 'Defamation of Religions' resolution and here's the breakout: The resolution received 85 'yes' votes, 50 'no' votes and 42 abstentions. By comparison, last year the resolution received 95 'yes' votes, 52 'no' votes and 30 abstentions. [The] vote confirmed what I have been sensing for some time now – the resolution is losing steam. For the first time ever, the 'no' and 'abstention' votes totaled more than the 'yes' vote," Sekulow said.
"What's encouraging is the country-by-country vote. The ECLJ team tells me that several of the countries we met with actually backed away from supporting the resolution and changed their votes in committee yesterday. Of the 12 countries that our team met with, seven nations changed their votes after encouragement from our team: Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, and Uruguay all voted to 'abstain' after voting 'yes' last year. And, St. Lucia, which voted 'yes' last year, did not vote at all in the committee."
Sekulow said the proposal, while purportedly to protect against "defamation of religions," actually "constrains it, and frequently this resolution is used as a weapon to silence religious minorities – including Christians in many countries."
"It would target anyone who speaks negatively in any way about Islam. Sharing your faith would become an international crime punishable by imprisonment or death," he said.
"We know that if dangerous resolutions like this are enshrined as international law, it will come at the price of countless Christian lives," he said.
Sekulow said the next battle will be at the U.N. General Assembly, where the "Defamation of Religions" resolution will receive a vote sometime before the end of this year.
The U.S. State Department also has found the proposal unpalatable.
"This resolution is incomplete inasmuch as it fails to address the situation of all religions," said a statement from Leonard Leo. "We believe that such inclusive language would have furthered the objective of promoting religious freedom. We also believe that any resolution on this topic must include mention of the need to change educational systems that promote hatred of other religions, as well as the problem of state-sponsored media that negatively targets any one religion."
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
China is the answer of Islamic terrorism.
The Pakistanis have done a genocide in Indian soil on 26/11
The world shows love and Islamic terrorists kills people
Pakistan is trying to deny its involvement in Mumbai mass murder. The whole world raise its index finger accusing Pakistan. But its indifferent.
Monday, November 17, 2008
But most religious people , the fanatics, self styled Priests (butchers) are dangerous man, They have no civilised talk and tolerance, they take the verses from scriptures and set people to wage war and start mass destruction/genocide.
The people who defends Human rights they have seen and witnessed many religious intolerance and crime but do not spread the awareness what may save human souls and bring into harmony. religious books are dangerous to society and enemy of human rights which defends human welfare.
KOLKATA: The agitation against alleged police excesses by pre-dominantly tribal villagers continued on Sunday. Fresh roadblocks were put up further isolating the Lalgarh area — a region where the Maoists have a strong presence — from the rest of West Bengal’s Paschim Medinipur district.
The more than week-long protests, over alleged police excesses during raids to track down those responsible for the IED blast that narrowly missed Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s convoy on November 2, had spread to new areas. Leaders of different tribal groups formed a committee to resist such “atrocities” on local people. The situation in some other parts of Jhargram sub-division, where trees were felled to set up roadblocks, remained largely unchanged. Roads leading to different parts of Lalgarh had been dug up to prevent police movement
Lalgarh (West Midnapore), Nov. 11: Headmaster Asim Ganguly woke up on November 4 morning to hear two of his Class VIII students had been arrested in connection with the Maoist blast two days earlier. He couldn’t believe his ears.
“They are normal, innocent boys who wouldn’t dream of doing anything subversive,” the head of Vivekananda Vidyapith in Kanthapahari, Lalgarh, said today. “The police action was absurd, cruel and high-handed.”
The arrest of the two 14-year-olds and a friend — and police raids that led to women being beaten up — were the main reason Lalgarh’s villagers have dug up roads, Nandigram style, to keep the administration at bay.
Buddhadeb Patra and Goutam Patra were picked up with Aben Murmu — a 15-year-old Class VIII student from Ramakrishna High School — on November 3 night on suspicion of links with the Maoists who had tried to bomb the chief minister’s car the day before.
All three were freed on bail four days later but Ganguly hasn’t yet recovered from the shock. “Why didn’t the police get in touch with me first? I’ve taught these boys and watched over them for so many years now — wouldn’t I know what sort they were?”
Perhaps to give their action a semblance of credibility, the police had initially bloated the ages of the boys by four years each to 18, 18 and 19. However, the man they dragged out of bed at 3 the next morning in Barapelia village was 62.
Retired teacher Khamananda Mahato, who used to teach at Ganguly’s school, said: “Some 200 armed policemen surrounded my house, their faces covered with black cloth. They ordered me to accompany them.”