The Podiyam Panda ‘surrender’ is the first one being challenged before a court. The entire experience shows the questionable legality of the surrender process in Chhatisgarh.
On 22.5.2017, Podiyam Panda was produced before the hon’ble High Court at Bilaspur surrounded by police. He was not allowed to meet or speak with anyone before he entered the court. Taken right up to the bench, when asked by the hon’ble judges, he answered that he was with the police on his own volition.
The NHRC has issued notices, returnable within four weeks, to the Director General of Police, Chhattisgarh and the Union Home Secretary over allegations that on the 2nd April, 2017 at 04.00 a.m. some un-indentified CRPF/Police personnel entered a house at Patel Para of Chintagufa Village in district Sukma of Chhattisgarh looking out for a man said to be a member of Sangham.
The senior officers of the Chhattisgarh Government, who attended the hearing of the National Human Rights Commission on Monday, 30th January, 2017 were directed to inform by Friday, 3rd February, 2017 about the Action Plan of the State Government to protect human rights in Bastar in the wake of the allegations of police hostility against civil society representatives including academicians and journalists.
A 12 member team of lawyers of the Indian Association of People’s Lawyers [IAPL] from different parts of the country visited Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh to enquire into harassment of lawyers by the police and the bar associations. This enquiry was prompted by media reports that reflected the harassment meted to Jagdalpur Legal Aid Group [JagLAG], a team of lawyers providing legal assistance to adivasis and political prisoners. The FFT spoke with lawyers, and social activists, as also perused material shared by them.
Bela Bhatia has been threatened and is being forced to leave Bastar under threats of direct violence. This comes days after she accompanied an NHRC team to record the statements of rape and sexual assault survivors.
“Democracy is being choked to death in Chhattisgarh” warned Advocate K. Savithri, a member of the Telengana Democratic Forum and wife of Advocate Balla Ravindranath, one of the seven members of a fact-finding team on their way to Bastar who were picked up on Christmas Day by the Chhattisgarh police.
WSS welcomes the decisive intervention of the National Human Rights Commission in cases of sexual violence against Adivasi women by police and security forces engaged in anti-Maoist operations in Chhattisgarh. Validating our assertion that sexual violence is being used as a weapon of war in Bastar, the Commission has held the State government “vicariously liable” for gross violations of human rights.
Letter to NHRC on Unlawful Arrest of 7 members of a Fact Finding Team of Lawyers, Journalist, Human Rights Activists, Students of Telangana on 25th Dec, 2016 and Continuing Repression of Adivasis, Activists, Lawyers, Human rights workers in Chhattisgarh.
Bastar police continue their vendetta against women human rights defenders. SP Bastar threatens Adv Shalini Gera, JagLAG lawyers with false cases. Clearly rattled by the mounting body of evidence of blatant violations of the rule of law and Constitutional rights under the cover of antiMaoist operations, the Bastar police has launched a no holds barred … Continue reading WSS Press Statement on recent harassment of Shalini Gera and ors
Statement against the false FIR filed by Chhattisgarh Police against Nandini Sundar (Professor of Sociology, DU), Archana Prasad (JNU Professor), Vineet Tiwari (Joshi Adhikar Institute and CPI), Sanjay Parate (CPI (M)), villagers and CPI activists Mangla of Nama and Manju Kawasi, Sarpanch of Gadiras, in the case of murder of a villager Samnath Baghel, from Nama village in Sukma.
Atrocity 2007 2011 Murder Sodi Nanda, Tadmetla – burnt alive in fuelwood stack by SPOs, Judum and security forces in December 2007 Aimla Suka, Ramanguda para, Pulanpad – tied up and burnt alive inside his house by Judum/security forces, 2007 Aimla Guddi, Pulanpad – had gone to his in-laws in Lakhapal, was picked up by … Continue reading Summary of Heinous Crimes in Morpalli, Timapuram and Tadmetla villages (2007-2011)
A delegation of members from CPI, CPI-M & CPJC visited villages in Bastar Division from12 to 16 May 2016. The focus of the visit was on the situation of ordinary villagers who are living through the conflict between the state and Maoists.
Press Release on WSS visit to a few villages in the Gangalur thana area following reports of mass sexual violence during a search and combing operation carried out by police and security forces.
March 20, 2016 Three students who have been picked up and beaten by police and are being taken to Chintalnar thana, in Sukma Bhimlal Madvi, of Timapuram, studying BA computer science in Sukma College Kawasi Raju and Telam Nagesh of Kerlapenta studying class 10 in Konta. All three were visiting their families and were picked … Continue reading Three students picked up and beaten by police; being taken to Chintalnar thana, in Sukma
A letter to the DGP of Bastar range on the repeated Harassment, Intimidation and Persecution of Ms Soni Sori’s relatives, including Mr. Ajay Markam and his wife, Ms. Dhani Markam, by police officials of Bastar Range.
In this submission, Jagdalpur Legal Aid Group provides a listing of the various atrocities that have taken place in Bastar in the past one and a half years. These are recent atrocities that came to light because of the work of tribal activists Soni Sori and Lingaram Kodopi, political leader Manish Kunjam, journalist Malini Subramanium, … Continue reading JagLAG: Submission to NHRC — Atrocities by Police and Security Forces in the Bastar Divison
Dear all, Things are taking an ugly turn in Jagdalpur. First there were whispered threats, “don’t go to Bijapur, the police will arrest you if you go there again.” Then, there was a whole week of public lynching of JagLAG as defenders of “bloodthirsty Naxalites” by the Samajik Ekta Manch, a vigilante group formed by … Continue reading JagLAG: We are being evicted!
Date: Oct 4, 2015 Dear friends, Yesterday, local papers reported that the Bastar Bar Association has passed a resolution at their general body meeting prohibiting any lawyer from outside, i.e. not enrolled in the state and registered in the local bar from practicing in the Jagdalpur courts. Links to some of these news clippings is … Continue reading JagLAG: Bastar Bar Association Prohibition