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State Violence in Lalgarh

The EPW carried a letter (“Murder of Lalmohan Tudu”, 27 February) on the brutal murder of Lalmohan Tudu, the president of the Peoples’ Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA), in Lalgarh by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). It may be mentioned in this connection that sometime ago, the PCPA, under the leadership of Lalmohan Tudu, prepared a list of “martyrs”, as part of a report documenting the increasing state atrocities in Lalgarh for the attention of the delegates in a meeting of the State Human Rights Commission. Now, in the words of Sujato Bhadra, a human rights activist, Lalmohan Tudu’s name is added to the list of “martyrs” prepared by him.

The report of the PCPA documented diverse types of state atrocities committed on the people of Lalgarh. These include arrest of people under false charges, physical torture of arrested persons, unlawful detention, burning of villages and demolition of houses, closure of health centres and destruction of tubewells constructed under the guidance of PCPA. It was alleged in the report that all the “developmental work” initiated by the PCPA was obstructed by the joint forces.

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