Representatives from a range of students, workers, peasant, human rights and other organizations and individuals came together today to Protest the anti-poor Assam BJP government’s eviction drives of toiling people in Amchang and Sipajhar, and repression of leaders and activists of KMSS in front of Assam Bhavan Delhi.
As usual, instead of the Resident Commissioner, the security State was ready with hundreds of Police, RAF, water n tear gas cannons – ‘in solidarity’ with their counterparts in Army-Police in Assam. In the ‘peripheries’ of this ‘Nation’, even pretences of ‘democracy’ are being shed as it violently attacks and dispossess toiling people, and represses leaders and activists standing with them. But our struggles are not isolated ones, they try to work together to raise a collective voice, and will gather strength.
The memorandum is attached. We demand:
– Immediately halt all further eviction drives and compensate the loss of all evictees in Amchang and Sipajhar!
– Investigate the encroachment of Forest Land and Tribal land by Cement and Tea companies!
– Immediately halt all repressive measures against the KMSS and activists of other peoples’ organisations!
– Drop the National Security Act (NSA) and release Akhil Gogoi!
– Release Bedanta Lashkar, Dhajjya Konwar and Gopi Saikia!
Assam Study Circle JNU,
All India Kisaan Sabha,
All India Students Federation
All India Students Association
Bhagat Singh Ambedkar Students Asso, Basti Suraksha Manch,
Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students Asso,
Bhim Army Defence Committee,
Bhoomi Adhikar Andolan,
Delhi Action Committee for Assam,
Democratic Students Union,
Democratic Students Federation,
Inqlabi Mazdoor Kendra,
Krantikari Naujawan Sabha,
Krantikari Yuva Sangathan,
North East Forum for International Solidarity
New Socialist Initiative,
Pragatisheel Mahila Sangathan,
People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR),
Students Federation of India,
Shramik Sangram Committee
and other organizations and individuals.
*Join UNITED PROTEST against the brutal eviction of working people in Amchang and Sipajhar by the anti-poor BJP government of Assam. Oppose the state repression on the leaders and members of the peasant organisation KMSS!*
@2.30pm, 4th December in front of ASSAM BHAVAN, Chanakyapuri, Delhi
*Since 27 November morning, the anti-poor BJP government of Assam has demolished over 400 homes in the Amsang area, near Guwahati. These homes belonged to the poor working people from various marginalised communities of the state, such as Mising, Karbi, Rabha, Dimasa, Bodo, Koch, Kalita, Ahom and others. The Govt brought in 2000 Army & police personnel, elephants, bulldozers, tear-gas shells guns and attacked the people mercilessly. One woman protestor, Malati Das, is in ICU now with live bullet injury, while many others are seriously injured.*
Just before this in November itself, evictions of the rural poor was done in Sipajhar in Darrang district. While the Amchang evictions was justified by a wilful misinterpretation of a Court order, the Sipajhar *evictions was consciously done through an attempt to give communal colour branding all inhabitants as ‘illegal migrants’*. The ousted had legal documents, but this did not stop the entire state machinery to put force in dispossessing the people. *While these repressive policies are on, the BJP government of the state has handed over thousands of acres of tribal land to big corporates such as Baba Ramdev; the government ministers openly defend the Cement and Tea companies who have encroached many hundred acres of eco-sensitive land areas.*
Meanwhile, those who are fighting for people’s rights are being systematically targeted. *Police and Para-military forces have terrorised and kidnapped many protesters from across the city, they are clamping down heavily on KMSS (Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti) members in an attempt to silence all protesting voices.* KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi is in Jail custody after being put under National Security Act for 1 year by this insecure anti-poor pro-corporate Hindutva government.
As the evictions in Amchang went on, KMSS leader and advisor Bedanta Laskar, Joint Gen Secretary Dhaijya Konwar, and activist Gopi Saikia were arrested from various parts of the city on 27 November. Bedanta and Gopi were not even present in the site, but were picked up while coming in a motorcycle in the middle of the city. They were charged with various sections of the IPC and sent to 14 days Jail custody the next day. 3 people, including Bedanta’s father, and two KMSS activists, Deben Sharma and one other, were arrested from outside the CJM Court where they were waiting to see the KMSS leaders arrested the previous day! Meanwhile, Police ‘witch hunt’ for other KMSS leaders is on, they are forced to be ‘absconding’ without even any cases on their heads.
The day after, on 28 November, the Guwahati and GU unit President of Satra Mukti Sangram Samiti (SMSS), Secretary of SFI GU Unit along with 3 other students were randomly picked up by the Police anticipating the spread of protests, and were only released late night after protests by hundreds of students of the University. It clearly shows that a reign of terror by the state machinery has been unleashed by the authoritarian BJP government and it must be resisted by all democracy loving people