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Rights Violations in Chattisgarh

Rights Violations in Chattisgarh THE forest mafia backing the forest ranger J J Acharya, has continued its attack on social workers of Raipur district, in spile of protest letters to the chief minister. In yet another mafia-style operation, Acharya organised an attack at the public meeting organised by the Chattisgarh Mukti Morcha in Keramunda village of Basna Thana in Raipur District of Madhya Pradesh, lathi- wielding forest guards chased the incoming public, punctured the tyres of vehicles and beat up social workers who were organising a solidarity meet in this remote tribal village on November I. The police administration, present in considerable numbers on the spot, remained spectators while a section of the police actively participated in repressing the people and their right to assemply. Shiv Kumar Patel and Ram Bahadur Vishwakarma, two social workers with Mukh-Nikelan. a self-development project for the released bonded labourers for the past 10 years, were brutally beaten up at Kudaribchra village, about 2 km from Keramunda, simply because they questioned the anti-democratic and criminal ways of the ranger in dispersing the peaceful gathering of the released bonded labourers and peasants. They were falsely implicated in instigating about 300 village-folks in cutting the forests in Keramunda, while the fact remains that these social workers have been known for promoting ecological concerns amongst the released bonded labourers, and distributed five fruit trees every year under a green campaign carried on by the Mukti-Niketan.

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