While Podiyam Panda told the high court he would like to stay with the police and not with his family, activists allege he has been tortured by the police to give false statements.
Why is it only in Irom Sharmila’s case that we are told that hope must be roundly defeated? That we should grow up, get real, get with the times?
The Sukma superintendent of police apparently made the comments at a function organised by an automobile company.
Given the scale of rights violations in Bastar, the government’s decision to send Kalluri on leave looks more like a way of avoiding effective action against lawlessness there.
Who protects human rights activists from rights violations when governments are turning increasingly authoritarian?
Jagdalpur Legal Aid Group member, Shalini Gera, speaks to The Wire about the human rights situation in Bastar and how activists are being targeted.
There are suspicions that these activists were arrested in Telangana by the state police first, but were surreptitiously handed over to the Chhattisgarh police later.
Chhattisgarh Security Forces Mask Unconstitutional Vigilantism Under Garb of ‘Perception Management’
Public protests in urban centres in Chhattisgarh cannot be expected to wean people away from Maoism. What, then, is their real motive?
The commission has said that DU professor Nandini Sundar and others have been booked for murder in a mala fide manner to settle scores.
On the back foot, the Chhattisgarh government told the apex court it did not intend to pursue the case – which critics have described as fabricated – as of now.
Vimala Baghel’s interview to NDTV and police restrictions on media access raise questions about charges in controversial case
Over 200 sociologists released a statement condemning the recent FIR filed by the Chhattisgarh police against Nandini Sundar, Archana Prasad, Vineet Tiwari and Sanjay Parate on charges of murder and criminal conspiracy.
FIR Against Nandini Sundar and Archana Prasad a Clear Case of Vendetta Politics, Say Civil Society Members
Eminent citizens have unequivocally condemned the Bastar police’s efforts to frame academics and political activists in the murder of a tribal villager.
Earlier this year, Sundar, Prasad, Tiwari and Parate were part of a fact-finding team that looked at the impact of Maoist violence and state excesses on ordinary villagers in Bastar.
Attacks by state-sponsored vigilante groups have increased in the last week after the CBI reported to the Supreme Court about police excesses in Chhattisgarh.
‘Big breaking news’, a WhatsApp message advertising the police protest said. “In Kondagaon at 3:30 PM, the police will burn the effigies of Nandini Sundar, Bela Bhatia, Manish Kunjam, Himanshu Kumar.”
Nandini Sundar’s meticulously researched The Burning Forest is a searing indictment of how the government and the Maoists fail to deliver constitutional rights.
An FIR has been lodged against Manish Kunjam for circulating an adivasi account of the Durga-Mahisasur conflict that upper caste migrants say hurts their religious sentiments.
In letters to Raman Singh, the CPI and CPI (M) accuse the state police of vengeful action against researchers Nandini Sundar and Archana Prasad, who were a part of a delegation that visited Bastar to enquire into human rights violations.
Statement condemns threats of criminal case against academics and political activists investigating human rights abuses in Bastar.
As huge sums of money are spent on militarisation, question arise on why these funds were not used for the social sector
“We wish to convey our deep collective anxiety about the enormous suffering of the rural poor in large parts of India’s countryside as they are battling drought, often for the second or even third consecutive year,” the letter said.