“Our country is passing through a very critical situation where the law and judicial system too are prostrating before the alliance of corporate and ruling clique and the ruling saffron brigade has been putting no stone unturned to languish the democratic dissent in jails in the name of internal security and criminal conspiracy.” These were the views expressed by Gautam Navlakha of PUDR Delhi and prof. Jagmohan Singh, nephew of Shahid Bhagat Singh while addressing the event organized by Association for Democratic Rights, Punjab recently at Punjabi Bhawan Ludhiana. It was organized to oppose the extra-judicial killings of Maoists and adivasis in fake encounters in Garchiroly, Maharashtra and massacre of peaceful protesters at Tuticorin by Tamil Nadu police. Apart from democratic rights activists, a large number of progressive and democratic activists, trade unionists and leader of students and youth organsations participated in the convention and expressed solidarity with the resistance struggles going on against this repressive regime across the country.
The main speakers compared the police firing at Tuticorin with Jallianwala Bagh massacre under British rule. They alleged that the security forces are using UBGL and Mortars against the Adivasis which are used on the borders to inflict maximum loss on the enemy. In fact, this is a brutal fascist war being waged by the Indian state against its own people. The so-called development projects are being forced upon the people through brutal state machinary. And “Operation SAMDHAN” is a more repressive version of Operation Green Hunt initiated by UPA government. They said that the forests are life-line of tribal people that’s why they are resistance tooth and nail against their displacement and land grab. The ruling elite has no respect for PESA and other acts enacted for the protection of tribal people and forest life. The armed forces of the state are wokring as the mercenary gangs of corporate capitalists and serving for them shamelessly.
Commenting on the arrests of Sudhir Dhawle, Advocate Surendra Gadling, Prof. Shoma Sen, Rona Wilson and Mahesh Raut under the UAPA they stated that this is only a ploy by the BJP to save the saffron culprits Sambhaji Bhide and Milind Ekbote responsible for Bhima-Koregaon violence unleashed against Dalits and divert the attention of the masses from the failures of extreme Right rule and their politics of hate mongering. The sole purpose is to create a false political narrative, favorable to the current saffron regime. They expressed serious concern that there is every possibility before general election due in 2019 that some more ‘stories’ like this so-called conspiracy to kill Mr. Modi will be plotted by saffron brigade like Germany under Hitler. They hailed the resistance by Dalits, Muslims, Adivasis and another downtrodden people who are braving these attacks. Many resolutions were passed demanding immediate and unconditional release of Sudhir Dhawle and other activists, higher level judicial enquiry of the fake encounters going on in Maoist affected areas, withdraw special armed forces from the tribal areas, punish the police and administrative officials responsible for the killing of protesters at Tutucorin and permanently shut down the Sterlite plant at Tuticorin.