World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Jal Satygraha attacked by Madhya Pradesh Police

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AHRC-STM-183-2012
September 12, 2012
A Statement from the Asian Human Rights Commission
INDIA: Jal Satygraha attacked by Madhya Pradesh Police

AHRC is deeply perturbed with the crackdown on the Jal Satyagraha in Khardrapani village of Madhya Pradesh's Harda district. Here, villagers have been staying in neck-deep water for the past 15 days protesting against state's decision of increasing the water level in Indira Sagar Dam to 262 meters without compensating the villagers for the loss of land and livelihood the decision has caused them. Being peeved at the indifference and apathy of the government towards their legitimate demands had, in turn, caused the desperation leading to the protest.

We have learnt that the government acted in most inhuman way by first imposing IPC 144, that declares any gathering of 4 people or more unlawful, on the area and then started a massive mobilization of police personnel numbering more than 800. The police officers, throwing all democratic norms out of the window, started with disconnecting the cables of the OB vans of electronic media present at the protest site so as to erase evidence of their action. It is needless to say that they did it also for preventing the outside world seeing the pictures of their wrongdoing. The police, then, entered the water and 'fished' the protesters out using excessive and disproportionate force.

That the 'police action' followed threatening statements issued by Mr. Kailash Vijayvargiya, a cabinet minister in the state government, betrays its complicity. He has threatened the people yesterday by telling them that the state is 'all powerful' and they knew how to deal with them. As if making such an antidemocratic statement giving license to the administration committing atrocities on the citizens it was oath bound to protect, the police actually carried out the order in most cruel way amounting to ill treatment of people.

We condemn this attack, which is an unambiguous violation of basic rights of Indian citizenry including the most impoverished sections of it like indigenous people who are desperately trying to attract the attention of the government and the fellow citizens regarding their plight. We call upon everyone to condemn this crackdown and stand in solidarity with the people fighting for their legitimate rights. Here are some of the photographs so far available with us.
In addition, we will provide more information as soon as possible.
Read this statement online

# # #
About AHRC: The Asian Human Rights Commission is a regional non-governmental organisation that monitors human rights in Asia, documents violations and advocates for justice and institutional reform to ensure the protection and promotion of these rights. The Hong Kong-based group was founded in 1984.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Gaza.Scoop: Another Israeli Attack On A Hospital

Israeli tanks attacked Al Aqsa hospital in Deir Al Balah, killing five patients and doctors, and injuring more than 70. More>>

ALSO:

MH17: Black Boxes Recovered by Malaysian Government

'Following the agreement Prime Minister Najib Razak brokered with rebel leaders, Malaysia has taken custody of flight MH17's black boxes. As the Prime Minister said, they will be passed to the international investigation team for analysis. More>>

ALSO:


Gaza Update On 15th Day Of The Israeli Offensive

Dozens of Palestinian Civilians Killed or Wounded as Israeli Forces Attack Apartment Buildings, Mosques, Hospitals and Schools; White Phosphorous Bombs and Flechette Shells Fired by Israeli Forces in Border Areas... More>>

Al Jazeera: Egypt Verdict Defies Logic And Any Semblance Of Justice

Following today’s verdict in Cairo, Al Jazeera English managing director Al Anstey said: “Today three colleagues and friends were sentenced, and will continue behind bars for doing a brilliant job of being great journalists. More>>

Papua New Guinea: Indonesian Troops Fire On PNG Soldiers Along Border

Indonesian troops have opened fire on a PNG Defence Force border patrol, increasing further tension at the Papua New Guinea-Indonesia border. The flare-up at the border compelled the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration to summon the Indonesian ... More>>

World News: Internet Well On Way To 3 Billion Users - UN Telecom Agency

Releasing new statistics today, the United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU) announced that by end 2014, there will be nearly three billion Internet users – two-thirds of them from the developing world – with mobile-broadband ... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news