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Torture Victim Fights Back

Out the KS, Bhoomi Sena, Shramjivi Sanghatna, Mazdoor Sanghatna. Several speeches and slogans openly advocated the use of violence to demolish these independent left formations The dice was cast so to say Under the pretext of ending the 'armed clashes', the administration hopes to fulfil the ruling party's goal, to strike out at the left organisations, thereby stifling the growing militancy of the adivasis over the progressive erosion of their living standards Eliminating the left menace would primarily mean demolishing the KS which cannot be adjusted in the Congress(I) scheme of things The administration however plans to go one step further Reports note that "the authorities also discussed ways and means to check the rapid encroachment of lands held by the adivasis". Since the demand for restoration of alienated lands and the regulansa- tion of cultivation on government and forest wastelands has been the crux of the adivasi struggle, the administration hopes to take the wind out of the sails of the adivasis' organisation. Another official is quoted as having said optimistically, "we will also make determined efforts to ensure that the traditional life style of the alivasis will not be disturbed". The traditional life-style of the adivasis has been fraught with exploitation and oppression. The curbing of the militancy and discontent will certainly restore the unholy alliance of the landlord-trader-money- lender-timber merchant combine, the traditional support structure of the ruling party Torture Victim Fights Back Nilanjan Dutta Archana Guha a school teacher was picked up by the Calcutta police on the night of July 17, 1974 and accused of sedition. For the two years during which she was in custody, she was brutally tortured. In 1977 she filed a petition in the court of the chief metropolitan magistrate, Calcutta, accusing four policemen of having violated relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code. The petition which has been stayed several times on the pleas of the accused was resumed, ironically enough, on July 17 this year when seven organisations including the APDR and the Nari Nirjatan Pratirodh Manch demonstrated before the court and submitted a memorandum seeking a speedy disposal of the case. But on August 3 the accused sought to charge the organisation with contempt of court and obtained a stay order.

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