Arrest of Ekta Parishad activist

March 19, 2010

It is very sad to inform you that Mr Prakash Korram, one of our social activists has been arrested by the police during operation “Green Hunt”.

As you know, operation “Green Hunt” is launched by both the state and central government. Prakash Korram was picked up at Damkasa, Kanker on 12th March 2010. He is missing since the evening of 12th March 2010.

He has been staying at Damkasa since the last five years making his own field office there. Damkasa is in Durgukondal Block of Kanker Dist. Prakash is one of tribal activist working since 1st September, 2003 at Damkasa. His new field office is at Amapara since the last one year. Amapara is only one kilometer from Damkasa.

A villager, who is also our volunteer, informed us of Prakash’s arrest. According to him, Prakash went to village Goodfel for field visit and was back at Amapara by 12.10 pm. On the way to Amapara, he met Mr Dayaram Kallo and some women belong to Goodfel at Dongiripara. Women left for their village. In the mean time some CRPF commandoes came and beat both Prakash and Dayaram and broke the Bi-cycle.

Dayaram could manage to sleep away and reached the village. Prakash’s broken cycle was deposited at a cycle store in Damkasa. Being afraid of police, Dayaram kept silent for two days and phoned us on 14th March 2010.

Mr Agnuram Sahu, Secretary, Ekta Parisad informed Prakash’s wife and other members of Ekta Parisad on the same day. Mrs Ganga Bai Korram, wife of Prakash Korram reached Amapara office by 15th March, 2010. She found the bi-cycle at the store and luggage inside the office head quarter, Amapara but did not find her husband.

To know the truth, our senior activist Mrs Shivrani Goswami and wife of Prakash Korram, Mrs Ganga Bai Korram reached the Damkasa police station and asked about Prakash Korram to the police present there. Police told that no body is arrested here in the name of Prakash Korram. Mrs Goswami and Mrs Korram saw Prakash Korram inside the police camp from the gate of police station. Also they were told by the villagers of Damkasa about Prakash preparing food for the police and collecting Mahua inside the police camp.

We and Prakash Korram’s family are severely worried for this tragic incident, especially the denial by the police of his being in their custody. Being harassed, we have informed the superintendent of police, Kanker.

You know, we are struggling for the tribes, SCs, Dalits, women and all other marginalized communities in democratic and Gandhian way. Therefore we request you to co-operate with us in demanding punishment for the unjust police officers and releasing the innocent tribal social activist from the claws of police. Dictatorial misbehavior with the social activists, voluntary organizations, people’s organizations will cause a greater distance between people, state administration and police. Waiting for your quick action, comments and help.

Yours sincerely
Agnuram Sahu
General Secretary
Ekta Parisad,Bastar
Mob: 094060-01517