Delhi – Protest against the imprisonment of Sunilam and other KSS leaders, Nov 6

Protest Demonstration outside Madhya Pradesh Bhawan, November, 6th @ 2:30 pm

Urgent Action demanding the Madhya Pradesh Government

To withdraw cases, against Dr. Sunilam, Sheshrao and Prahald, leaders of Kisan Sangharshn Samiti, leading to their life sentence
Take action against police officers who are behind the Farmers’ massacre in Multai on January 12th 1998
Stop ongoing forced land acquisitions in Chhindwara district for the Pench Water Diversion Project
Release Advocate Aradhana Bhargava, Medha Patkar, Mukesh Bhagoriya and 21 other activists of KSS and other movements

Delhi Solidarity Group along with other organizations is holding a protest demonstration at Madhya Pradesh Bhawan on November 6, 2012 @ 2:30 pm demanding the Madhya Pradesh Government to release Dr. Sunilam, Suryavanshi Parmandal and Prahlad Agarwal who have been sentenced for life on charges of murder, arson and others. The Madhya Pradesh Government has falsely charged them for the murder of a fire brigade driver at Multai on January 12th, 1998 when police gunned down 23 farmers. The firing happened when farmers of Multai protested demanding better compensation from the Digvijay Singh Government after crop failure due to rain and cold. The core issue of farmer’s killing has been completely ignored by the MP Government to such an extent that not even a single FIR was registered against those officials who ordered the firing. Instead the police booked Dr. Sunilam & other leaders of Kisan Sangharsh Samiti (KSS), who were leading the farmers protest. In last 9 years BJP government has withdrawn nearly 1,75,000 cases against its own workers but has failed to do any justice to the farmers of Multai, who not only lost their dear ones but also didn’t get any justice till date and are having to go to court on every hearing. Many of these farmers are already dead in fact.

While the MP Government has not yet answered such questions of subversions of law that are adding to the culture of impunity which has become their trend to silence voices of public interest by misleading the judiciary, they are also imposing forced evictions & acquisition of land on for Pench Water Diversion Project at various villages of Chhindwara district. The project planned in 1984, which never took off, is now being resurrected on the basis of an invalid environmental clearance mainly to provide water to the Adani Thermal Power Plant, which is under scanner for environmental violations already. The arrests of KSS leaders is to suppress the strong resistance in Chhindwara against the vested interests of the state government and elected representatives from the region by the Movement. Around 1,000 farmers are sitting in protest opposing the forced acquisition to save their lands on the 31st October 2012 at Bamanwada village after which a huge police force is stationed there and also Section 144 (Prohibitory orders) has been clamped to terrorise people there.

In a brazen act of rights violation on November 3rd, in early morning Advocate Aradhana Bhargawa, leader KSS was arrested and detained by the Madhya Pradesh police in anticipation of the forced acquisition process starting on November 4th. The arrest of Dr. Sunilam & the detention of Advocate Aradhana Bhargawa are purposely done in order to suppress the Farmer’s struggle of Madhya Pradesh.

Delhi Solidarity Group condemns such vindictive move by the Madhya Pradesh Government and its siding with corrupt political forces and using its administrative machinary to facilitate pecuniary benefits to private corporations.

We demand that MP government immediately withdrawal these fabricated cases against Dr. Sunilam & other leaders of KSS, so that they can be released from Bhopal Central Jail. Also let there be no forcible acquisition for the Pench Water Diversion Project or Adani Power Plant against the wishes of the villagers, who have passed resolution in their Gram Sabha to that effect as well.

Do join us, in solidarity to protest state repression and in solidarity with Dr. Sunilam and the struggling farmers and farm workers of Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, Madhya Pradesh.


When- 2.30pm, 6th November, 2012
Where- Madhya Pradesh Bhawan,
2, Bardolai Marg, Chanakya Puri, Gopi Nath, New Delhi, DL 110021

In Solidarity,
Delhi Solidarity Group (DSG)