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When Will the State Learn?

The People’s Union for Democratic Rights strongly condemns the 13 September bloodbath in which 17 persons were shot dead by Indian security forces and 131 injured in different parts of the Kashmir Valley. Although, the protests were organised in response to the alleged burning of the Koran in the...

Worker Deaths

Hundred and nine workers have died so far in the construction sites of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), according to an affidavit submitted by Metro autho rities to the People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR). The list of figures was released on 1 September in the hearing on the public...

Killing of Azad and Hemchandra Pandey

The People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) strongly condemns the killing of Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad and a freelance journalist Hemchandra Pandey in Adilabad District of Andhra Pradesh on 2 July 2010. It has been claimed by the Andhra Pradesh police that Azad and one Sahadeva were killed...

The Disappeared of Kashmir

The People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) has from time to time drawn attention to the commission of heinous crimes by Indian security forces in Jammu and Kashmir as well as condemned the attempt of the authorities to deny that they flow out of impunity provided by the Armed Forces Special...

Gyaneshwari Express Sabotage - I

The derailment of the Gyaneshwari E xpress on 28 May, either due to sabotage or e xplosion as per media reports, in which, as reported, more than 150 people have already lost their lives, is highly reprehensible and completely indefensible. The People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) strongly...

Denunciation of Indiscriminate Killings

The Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) strongly condemns the recent Communist Party of India (Maoist) attack targeting a local passenger bus resulting in the indiscriminate killing of 11 special police offi cers (SPOs) and 24 civilians in Dantewada. It is equally reprehensible that the SPOs...

Government Folly

The People’s Union for Democratic Rights believes that the death of over 70 jawans in Dantewada in the early hours of 6 April is an unfortunate fallout of the government’s wilful policy of pursuing “Operation Green Hunt”. We consider the war against the so-called “leftwing extremists” as a wrong...

Maoist Massacre in Bihar

The Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) is outraged by the massacre of 12 people and the wounding of 50 others on 17 February in Phulwaria-Korasi village of Jamui district of Bihar, allegedly by the CPI (Maoist). The massacre is reported to be in retaliation for killing of eight Maoist cadre...

Unacceptable under the Geneva Convention

The People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) unequivocally denounces the 20 November incident in which eight bogies of the Tata-Bilaspur passenger train were derailed, near Manoharpur railway station in West Singhbhum district of Jharkhand, by the armed cadres of the Communist Party of India (...

Who Pays the Price for Uranium Mining?

The Uranium Corporation of India plans to expand its mining and ore processing operations in Jaduguda, Jharkhand, which will require an additional 6.37 hectares of forest land. The public hearing on the environmental clearance in May was a farcical exercise with company employees and their families crowding out the affected villagers. The venue was surrounded by armed and baton-wielding police and the Central Industrial Security Force, creating a repressive atmosphere.

Gruesome Killing

The People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR), Delhi unequivocally condemns the gruesome killing of Inspector Francis Induwar by the Maoists in Jharkhand. PUDR has consistently maintained that neither civilians nor captives should ever be subjected to torture or to cause death. Once any person is...

Alleged Encounter at Batla House

On 20 May, the Delhi High Court, acting on a petition filed by the People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) and Anhad, had asked the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to conduct its own inquiry into the alleged Batla House encounter of September 2008 and submit a report based upon it. This...

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