Delhi – Press Release on Protest Demonstration at Chhattisgarh Bhavan against Bijapur Massacre

July 17, 2012

Today on 17th July 2012, more than 20 progressive, democratic and civil rights organizations working in Delhi organized a Joint Protest Demonstration in front of Chhattisgarh Bhavan, Chankyapuri to express their anguish and concern against the brutal killing of 19 adivasis in Bijapur and Sukama districts of Chhattisgarh.. In the protest programme activists and supporters of All India Federation of Trade Unions (New), Inquilabi Mazdoor Kendra, Krantikari Naujawan Sabha, Krantikari Yuva Sangathan, Mazdoor Patrika, National Confederation of Human Rights Organisations, People’s Union for Democratic Rights, People’s Front, Peoples’ Democratic Front of India, People’s Union for Civil Liberties, Radical Notes, Students For Resistance, Sanhati-Delhi, Vidyarthi Yuvjan Sabha, JNU Students Union, Pragitisheel Mahila Sangathan, Jan Hastkshep, Lok Raj Sangathan and some other people’s organizations took part very belligerently.

They gathered in front of Chhattisgarh Bhavan at 11 AM and raised slogans against the Chhattisgarh and central govt. They organized a protest meeting at the gate of Chhattisgarh Bhavan, which was addressed by Swami Agnivesh, Himansu Kumar, Gautam Navalakha and the representatives of the above mentioned organizations. The meeting continued up to 2 PM. During the meeting some cultural activists jointly sung several democratic songs.

At last a Memorundum was submitted to the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh with the following demands:

1. All the CRPF and CoBRA personnel, who participated in the massacre near Sarkeguda village, must be charged under Section 302 of IPC and under the SC, ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and put on speedy trial.

2. They must also be charged for sexually molesting women and looting and destroying of property under relevant sections of the IPC.

3. All the victim families of this massacre must be given appropriate compensation.

4. The Central and State governments must stop the ongoing policy of suppressing the Maoists and other peoples movements by using gun power.

5. Governments must respect the Fifth Schedule mandate in letter and spirit and the adivasis’ right to land, forest and other natural resources in their region. Protective legislation for the adivasis must be sincerely implemented.

Subsequently, a Protest March was also taken out from Chhattisgarh Bhavan to Teenmurti Chock, raising slogans against the state repression going on in Chhattisgarh and other part of the country.

Delhi,

17.7.2012

Issued by: Sunil Kumar (on behalf of the organizers)