Joint statement on the arrest of Abhay Sahoo

May 24, 2013

We, the undersigned, are extremely appalled and outraged by the arbitrary arrest of Comrade Abhay Sahoo at Bhubaneshwar airport by Odisha Police. This despicable and patently illegal act was made to appease POSCO’s blood sucking appetite, which drains the life blood from Odisha, that is, its land, water, minerals, forests and culture.

Millions of people are killed in false encounters, jailed, and tortured to suppress the people’s struggle to defend their land, forests, and aspirations to freedom and right to self-determination. Men, women and children have been waging a heroic battle against Naveen Patnaik since 2005. The Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik, the sick imperialist bootlicker, has unleashed the most brutal form of repression against the struggling people led by PPSS. This comprador cobra, Naveen Patnaik, on behalf of his imperial masters, bared his fangs again by arresting Comrade Abhay Sahoo. This favourite butler of Uncle Sam, Naveen Patnaik, from day one of the heroic anti-POSCO struggle, has created a suffocating blockade around the anti-POSCO villages, turning them into virtual concentration camps. Hundreds of people were arbitrarily arrested and false criminal cases are imposed on almost 90% of the people in the area. Such is the repressive stranglehold that people of the area cannot go out for marketing, marriages or medical emergencies.

The trail of blood runs from Kashipur to Kalinganagar, Narayanpatna to POSCO, Nyamgiri to South Odisha. This lackey of imperialism, Naveen Patnaik, is so eager to please his imperial masters that he has been overactive in brutally repressing the people’s resistance. In the neoliberal era, the Indian ruling classes have bared their fangs in order to facilitate the imperial loot of the natural resources in this country. The caste, class, and patriarchal nature of the Indian state is apparent every second. On the orders of its bosses in Washington, it has unleashed the cruelest form of white terror in POSCO, Nandigram, Lalgarh, Chattisgarh, Dandkarnya, Telangana, North East and Kashmir. All for the super profits of national and International big business.

In fact, what we are witnessing today is an obscene display of sadistic and ruthless twenty first century primitive accumulation. In this process of violent accumulation through dispossession, millions of people are dispossessed from their land, livelihood, culture and commons to join the ranks of the reserved army of labour, filling the ranks of the urban underclass to be exploited by the urban elite. This sick clown of the imperial circus, Manmohan Singh, whose intellectual training was done in Bretton Wood institutions, as soon as he became the prime minister, declared a war on the Indian people, in order to hand their lands, waters and mines for imperialist exploitation. He declared the poorest of the poor in this country, the heroic adivasis, who are resisting to defend their livelihoods, as the biggest internal security threat. Another henchman of Wall Street, Chidambaram, unleashed a cruel war on the adivasis named as Operation Greenhunt. In the process they have killed, tortured, maimed and imprisoned thousands of adivasis and working people. During the combing operations, women are molested and raped and their jewelry looted. All this to play into the super profits of the hungry finance capital and predatory industrialisation!

However, the people of India have refused to cow down in front of the Indian state. There is a fierce resistance going on from Dandakarnya to Jangalamahal, from POSCO to Nagari, from Jehanabad to Ranchi. In fact, we salute the heroic men women and children of the anti-Posco struggle villages, which have become an advanced outpost of the anti-imperialist resistance in this country.

1) We condemn the arrest of Comrade Abhay Sahoo and demand his immediate release
2) Withdrawal of all false cases of the people of Anti-POSCO struggle villages
3) Scrapping of the POSCO MoU and all MoUs in Orissa
4) Resignation of Naveen Patnaik who has unleashed brutal repression on the struggling people of Orissa

Signatories:

1. PUDR
2. JAWAHARLAL NEHRU UNIVERSITY STUDENTS UNION
3. AISA
4. STUDENTS FOR RESISTANCE
5. KAVITA KRISHNAN – CPIML LIBERATION
6. DHRU NARAYAN – GENERAL SECRETARY CPIML(PCC)
7. SHUBHAS GATADE – CONVENOR NEW SOCIALIST INITIATIVE
8. JAGDISH C CHANDRA – NEW SOCIALIST ALTERNATIVE
9. AMITADUYTI KUMAR – WORKING PRESIDENT
10. VIMOCHANA BANGALORE
11. APDR, CALCUTTA
12. DR. ANAND TELTUMBDE – CPDR MUMBAI
13. ANIRBAN KAR – SANHATI DELHI
14. SUMATI PANIKAR – VIPLAV SANSKRITIK MANCH DELHI
15. RAKESH RANJAN – NAVROJ DELHI
16. NAYAN JYOTI – KRANTIKARI NAVJAN SABHA
17. WILFORD D COSTA – INSAF
18. ASHOK CHAUDHARY – NFFPW
19. SWATI BIRLA – SANHAT MUMBAI
20. KIRAN SHAHEEN – WOMEN FOR WATER DEMOCRACY DELHI
21. RANJANA PADHI – WOMEN AGAINST SEXUAL VIOLENCE & STATE REPRESSION (WSS)
22. KAVEN RAJARAMAN – WSS, BANGALORE
23. ASIT DAS – POSCO PRATIRODH SOLIDARITY DELHI
24. SANDEEP SINGH – AISA
25. MUKTA SRIVASTAVA – NAPM
26. SANDEEP PATTNAIK – NCAS
27. PRADEEP ESTERVES – CONTEXT INDIA, BANGALORE
28. P. K. SUNDARAM – RESEARCH SCHOLAR JNU
29. USMAN – RESEARCH SCHOLAR JNU
30. SHESHANK YADAV – RESEARCH SCHOLAR JNU
31. SHARANYA NAYAK – KARUPUT, ODISHA
32. SANKAR RAY – JOURNALIST
33. MAHTAB ALAM – HUMAN RIGHT ACTIVISTS DELHI
34. PIYOLI SWATIJA – SAMAJWADI JAN PARISHAD
35. KIRITY ROY – MASUM, KOLKATA
36. ABHISHEK SRIVASTAVA – JOURNALIST DELHI
37. AFSAR JAFRI – FOCUS ON GLOBAL SOUTH
38. TOM KUCHEERZ – ECOLOGIST EN ACCION, SPAIN
39. VIKEK SUNDRA – SOCIAL ACTIVIST MUMBAI
40. JITENDRA CHAHAR – SANGRASH SAMVAD
41. BHUPEN SINGH – RESEARCH SCHOLAR JNU
42. PREETI SAMPAT – SOCIAL ACTIVIST DELHI
43. VIDYA DINKAR – CITIZENS FORUM MANGALORE
44. DR RURMINI RAO – SECUNDARABAD
45. DR MALEM MINGTHOUJA – CAMPAIGN FOR PEACE AND DEMOCRACY, MANIPUR
46. PRAVEEN – RESEARCH SCHOLAR, DELHI UNIVERSITY
47. KAMAL MITRA CHENOY – TEACHER JNU
48. ANURADHA CHENOY – TEACHER JNU
49. SUMA JOSSON
50. DR S.P. UDAYKUMAR – PEOPLES MOVEMENT AGAINST NUCLEAR ENERGY, KOODANKULAM
51. SOURAV BANERJEE – POET AND ACTIVIST
52. RAHUL FOUNDATION
53. ARYAMA – TEACHER DELHI UNIVERSITY
54. ANAND KRISHRAJ – NEW MATIRIALIST JNU
55. DHAWAJENDRA DHAWAL
56. ARUN KHOTE – DALIT MEDIA WATCH
57. SHASUL ISLAM – NISHANT NATY MANCH, DELHI
58. NEELIMA SHARMA – NISHANT NATY MANCH, DELHI
59. JAWED NAQVI – JOURNALIST DELHI
60. TAPAN KUMAR BOSE – DELHI
61. SUDHA BHARADWAJ – GENERAL SECRETARY, CHATTISGARH PUCL
62. RAMAKANT BANJARE – CHATTISGARH MUKTI MORCHA, EDITOR FOR A PEOPLE’S DEMOCRACY
63. TRIPTA WAHI – ACADEMICIAN DELHI UNIVERSITY
64. NEERAJ JAIN – LOKAYAT, PUNE
65. PEEYUSH PANT – EDITOR LOK SAMVAD
66. SHEELU FRANCIS – WOMEN’S COLLECTIVE, TAMILNADU
67. SUNDARI PERUMAL – TAMILNADU RESOURCE
68. LAKSHMI – KALAMIJIVAN WOMEN’S TEAM FARMING ASSOCIATION
69. GUMAN SINGH – HIMALAYA NITI ABHIYAN, HIMACHAL PRADESH
70. DEBAL DEB – KOLKATA
71. DR MIRA DUTTA – KOLKATA EDITOR COUNTER CURRENTS
72. MANISHA SETHI – JAMIA TEACHERS SOLIDARITY DELHI
73. CHITTARANJNA SINGH – NATIONAL SECRETARY PUCL
74. DHIRAJ SENGUPTA – GENERAL SECRETARY ASSOCIATION FOR PROTECTION OF DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS (APDE)
75. RAJENDRA KUMAR SAIL – EX. PRESIDENT CHATTISGARH PUCL, WEST BENGAL