India: Intellectuals protest government killings of adivasis

Chhattisgarh killings: RDF demands cases against PC, Central forces

Eminent educationist Chukka Ramaiah speaking at a round table conference on police forces massacre of tribals in Chhattisgarh state held by Revolutionary Democratic Front in Hyderabad on Monday. RDF president Varavara Rao and Prof Haragopal also seen.

Hyderabad, 10 July 2012: Intellectuals, revolutionary and civil society organisations on Monday condemned the cold-blooded massacre of 8 Adivasis and their children in Chhattisgarh on June 28 and demanded that cases against Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and the commanders of Central forces be filed under SC and ST Prevention of Atrocities act.

Participating in round table conference, organized by Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF), Professor G Haragopal alleged that Chidambaram was the brain behind the killing of innocent tribals by deploying central forces in the forest under the guise of attack on Maoists in Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh.

He saw a conspiracy behind that attack. The conspiracy is to exploit rich mines and natural resources by displacing tribals from their forests, he said. Haragopal said, time has come to fight against Imperialism and state sponsored violence tooth and nail.

He said it was unfortunate that some national media organisations created an impression that the country’s growth rate will not reach two digits if the mines and resources in the forest areas were not utilized properly in the coming days.

The same media projected Gujarat Chief minister Narendra Modi as Prime Minister candidate, though he killed many people in his state while the Maoists, were projected as ‘ traitors ‘ , he bemoaned.

RDF President Varavara Rao said, during the visit to tribal villages, the fact finding team comprising civil rights activists and journalists, found that the forces killed Adivasi peasants of Sirkegudem, Kothagudem and Rajupenta villages when they gathered in hundreds to plan the celebration of traditional seed festival.

“ It was clear that the massacre is part of Indian state’s extermination campaign against the Maoists revolutionary movement and the Adivasis of central and Eastern India under the rubric of Operation Green Hunt”.

Eminent educationist Chukka Ramaiah said the state and central governments conspired to hand over rich natural forest resources to MNCs and other private corporates by killing the tribals. The attacks on tribals was the problem of all Indian society and people. He stressed the need to build a strong people’s movement against such heinous crimes committed by the governments.

APCLC Secretary CH Chandrasekhar demanded to constitute separate courts to probe all the cases of tribal massacres. He also demanded to file attempt to murder cases against Chidambaram, Chattisgarh police and military forces.

Revolutionary Party of India (RPI) President Bojja Tarakam said the recent tribal massacre was first of its kind incident in the history of India. He also demanded to suspend the Collector and the SPs for the violence which claimed many tribal lives in Bijapur district.

Professor Jayaprakash said the police massacre against tribals will continue for another 10 years. At present 5000 tribals were languishing in the jails in Bastar district alone in Chhattisgarh district. Before setting up the industries, government conspired to finish the tribals, he added.

Film director Narayanamurthy felt that while the tribals were not enjoying their constitutional rights, corporate companies were exploiting forests for their own benefits.

The Hans India –HMTV Editor-In Chief K Ramachandra Murthy said tribal were deprived of ‘ Right to Live’ with the continuous attacks on them by the elected governments. Asserting the need to fight against the central government and its policies, he said all the policies, conceived by ‘ arm chair’ leaders like AICC President Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister Chidambaram , were in favour of rulers and capitalists.

It it the right time for emergence of alternative forces in the Indian politics by replacing the ruling Congress and main opposition BJP. Andhra Jyothi Editor K Srinivas, Namaste Telangana Editor A Narayana, Virasam leader Basith and Dalit Bahujan leader U Sambasiva Rao also spoke.

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