ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Adivasi Lines

Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) strongly condemns Bastar Inspector General (IG) S R P Kalluri’s threat of taking severe action against certain non-governmental organisations (NGO) in Chhattisgarh for allegedly aiding and abetting the Maoists under the guise of helping Adivasis. At a recent press conference he said that many such organisations were under surveillance. The IG’s list of suspicious activities included providing legal assistance to “Naxalites”—a thinly veiled reference to the Jagdalpur Legal Aid Group (JagLAG), a small NGO in Bastar that provides legal aid to Adivasis, many of whom are falsely implicated in cases of Naxal activities. This warning comes on the heels of two recent incidents of illegal detention of Adivasis in which JagLAG actively intervened on behalf of the victims.

On 17 April, police fired on villagers protesting against the arrests of two Adivasi men from Modema village, on allegations of being Maoists. One of the protestors, Bhima Madkam sustained grievous injuries. The fear of the police prevented villagers from taking him to a hospital. It was through Soni Sori and other concerned citizens’ intervention that he was taken to Maharani Hospital in Jagdalpur on 21 April. His family lodged a complaint against the police firing.

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