#India – 80-year-old former IIT professor- G D Agarwal on indefinite hunger strike again


 

Author(s): Soma Basu  , down to earth
Date:Jun 14, 2013

‘Despite repeated assurances of government, 18 proposed hydel projects on the Ganga and its tributaries have not been scrapped’

G D Agarwal has been on fast thrice earlierG D Agarwal has been on fast thrice earlierEnvironment engineer G D Agarwal has resumed his indefinite hunger strike in Matri Sadan Ashram in Haridwar to press his demand of scrapping all hydro projects on the Bhagirathi, Alaknanda and Mandakini river basins. He has gone on hunger strike thrice earlier to protest against the Loharinag Pala hydroelectric project in Uttatrakhand which was eventually scrapped by the government under public pressure.

The 80-year-old former IIT professor, who is now known as Swami Gyan Swarup Sanand, started his fast on Thursday to commemorate the death anniversary of Swami Nigamanand  on 13 June, 2011. The 32-year-old ascetic had fasted for four months to protest illegal sand mining and stone crushing along the Ganga near Haridwar; his associates alleged he was poisoned at the behest of powerful stone crusher lobby.

Swami Dayanand of Matri Sadan ashram said Agarwal resumed his fast because despite repeated assurances of the government, 18 proposed mini and major hydropower projects on the Ganga and its tributaries have not been scrapped.

“It is imperative to maintain the ecological flow of Ganga and its tributaries. Construction of so many hydropower projects is threatening the existence of Ganga that is a symbol of India’s faith and culture. At several places, debris from construction site of projects is dumped into the river,” he said.

Earlier in 2010, Agarwal had fasted for over a month protesting the construction of the 600 MW Loharinag Pala hydroelectric project in Uttarkashi. The project would have left a stretch of 125 km of Ganga between Gangotri and Uttarkashi dry. The project work was stalled in 2010. However, Uttarakhand chief minister, Vijay Bahuguna, have been supporting two major projects—Loharinag Pala and the 480 MW Pala Maneri on the stretch of Bhagirathi between Uttarkashi and Gangotri.

 

#India – Politics of ecology , Bhagirathi river in Uttarakhand


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The Centre’s notification of a 100-km stretch along the  as an eco-sensitive zone evokes a strong reaction from the Congress government in the State as well as from the BJP, besides sparking protest demonstrations. By PURNIMA S. TRIPATHI

THE Congress government in Uttarakhand is caught in a political cleft stick over the eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) along the river Bhagirathi. The Centre declared the 100-kilometre stretch along the river, from Gaumukh to Uttarkashi, an ESZ last year and the final gazette notification was published recently. The Uttarakhand government is doomed if it supports the notification and doomed if it does not, because the local people, with the support of the main opposition party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), have risen in revolt against the decision. Dharnas and demonstrations are being held in Uttarkashi, and the State Congress is worried that if it does not speak out against the decision of the Congress-led government at the Centre, it will have to face the people’s ire. Hence, the government has been forced to take the politically untenable position of demanding that the notification issued by the Centre be rescinded.

Following protests by environmentalists, including an indefinite fast by Professor G.D. Agrawal, on the pitiable condition of the Ganga as a result of widespread damming and tunnelling for various hydropower projects (which was extensively covered by Frontline), the Centre decided to constitute the National Ganga River Basin Authority and declared the 100-km from Gaumukh to Uttarkashi an ESZ, in what was then a landmark decision considering the massive damage that was being inflicted on the fragile ecology of the area .

The decision meant that certain strict do’s and don’ts had to be followed. For example, activities that are strictly prohibited include hydro-electricity projects other than micro and mini ones (100kV to 2 MW), extraction of river water for industrial projects, commercial mining of minerals and stone quarrying, commercial felling of trees, commercial use of firewood, setting up polluting industries and discharging untreated sewage and industrial effluents into the river. Plastic carry bags and hazardous waste processing units are also banned inside the zone.

Activities that are to be regulated with checks and balances include defence installations and other infrastructure relating to national security, pine plantations, introduction of exotic species, establishment of hotels and resorts, erection of electric cables, tree felling, water extraction for sale, and signboards and hoardings. The guidelines apply to an area of 4,179.59 sq km, including the 100-km watershed stretch from Gaumukh to Uttarkashi, covering 88 villages. All development activities in the area will be according to the zonal master plan, to be prepared by the State within two years, and compliance to this master plan will be ensured by a monitoring committee which will have a person of known integrity and administrative capability as its head and 10 other members, including a representative of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, besides representatives from non-governmental organisations, the town planning department, the Pollution Control Board and Forest and Irrigation Department and environment and ecology experts.

The draft notification was placed in the public domain in July 2011, but the final gazette notification was published only now. The State government has protested against the notification, saying that its objections to certain provisions in the draft have been overlooked by the Centre. Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna met the Prime Minister on May 6, along with the Member of Parliament from Haridwar and Union Minister Harish Rawat, the MPs Satpal Maharaj and Pradeep Tamta, Uttarakhand Tourism Minister Amrita Rawat, the MLA from Gangotri Vijaypal Singh Sajwan, and Chief Secretary Subhash Kumar. Bahuguna also met the Minister of State for Environment and Forests, Jayanthi Natarajan, and requested her to take positive action.

The Chief Minister, who presented a strongly worded, three-page letter to the Prime Minister, told him that despite his having written to the Minister of State for Environment and Forests in December last year, the Centre had gone ahead and issued the notification without following due procedure and without consulting the State government. He pointed out that while in the draft only an area of 40 sq km was to have been affected by the notification, the final notification increased this to 4,179.59 sq km, which was unfortunate. Besides, he said, the draft had put a ban on hydropower projects of 25 MW and above, but the final notification banned all hydel projects, which would rob the State of significant sources of revenue in the future. “… projects with a capacity of 1,743 MW, which are in various stages of development, cannot be executed anymore, apart from the already incurred expenditure of Rs.1,061 crore going waste…. Such a sensitive decision has been taken by the MoEF without consultations at the field level,” he wrote.

 

 

The Chief Minister also pointed out that the strict guidelines for tourism-related activities, the restriction on the number of pilgrims to char dham yatra, and the ban on the construction of roads would anger the local people and pilgrims and compromise national security in the strategically located border State. He told the Prime Minister that the State already had a plethora of regulatory mechanisms to deal with the issues, so there was no need for additional administrative hurdles in the way of development. He also said that besides causing unrest among the people, the final notification had legal loopholes as statutory provisions had not been followed while enhancing the area affected by 100 times. “Keeping the huge public resentment and also the legal lacunae, I request you to kindly rescind the notification of the eco-sensitive zone in its present form with immediate effect,” he wrote in the letter to the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister reportedly told the delegation that an inter-ministerial committee would go into the points raised by it. But a senior State government official told Frontlinethat it was highly unlikely that the Centre would heed the State’s demand to rescind the notification. “May be minor adjustments could be made as a face-saving device, but cancellation, as demanded by the Chief Minister, is ruled out,” said the official, admitting that the fears raised were mostly hypothetical in nature. A senior MoEF official also ruled out the possibility of rescinding the notification, saying that at best some “corrections” could be carried out.

Political compulsions

Environmental activists, including members of Ganga Ahavaan, an NGO, who have been at the forefront of demanding such a measure to save the Ganga from unscrupulous building and mining, including mining by the sand mafia, say the Chief Minister has been politically compelled to act since the BJP had made it an issue. “They are afraid that they will have to face the people’s anger if they don’t protest,” says Hemant Dhyani, a Ganga Ahavaan activist from Uttarkashi. Significantly, the contractors’ and builders’ lobby, which has also been demanding the cancellation of the notification, is alleged to have masterminded a number of attacks on Ganga Ahavaan activists.

 

 

According to Nitin Pandey, an environmental activist from Dehradun, the claims of those opposed to the notification are nothing but a pile of falsehoods and lies. “The truth is that if anyone is harmed by this 41-page document, then it is the construction lobby, the mining mafia, the timber mafia and the rich people who want to build big hotels in the area. There is absolutely nothing in the notification which harms the common man in any way. On the contrary, the notification strengthens the hands of the common citizen, much to the chagrin of the moneyed exploiters of Uttarakhand, whose exploitation of Uttarakhand’s natural resources will now be curtailed,” he writes in his blog. According to him, there has been a sustained, motivated and totally baseless campaign against the notification, carried out with the intent of scaring the common people and leading them to believe that their lives will be ruined by this notification. “On the contrary, the truth is that the lives of the residents of all the villages and towns in the area will be made more secure, safe and immune from exploitation by moneyed people. It contains nothing other than common sense issues which our State government should have implemented on its own, without waiting for the notification. Why our leaders give out factually incorrect statements is anyone’s guess,” he writes.

Mallika Bhanot and Gita Khillani of Ganga Ahavaan agree. “The objection [to ESZ] is totally baseless, politically motivated and instigated by the contractors’ lobby. We are trying to make people see better sense but we are facing a lot of hostility in this. We are trying to convince the people that development should be in sync with the particular flavour of the area, and the ESZ, in that sense, was for their larger good,” they say.

The BJP, meanwhile, has declared, predictably, that it will continue its agitation on the issue. In fact, former BJP Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank also wrote to the Prime Minister, when the draft notification was issued, raising serious objections. He had told this correspondent then that being a border State which had over 60 per cent of its area under forest cover, it needed a different set of guidelines for development. “We need to keep our peculiar characteristics in mind because we too have to undertake development projects and provide employment to people. The guidelines for us should be different from other States which are in the plains,” he had said. Nishank, in fact, has been advocating that the Himalyan States should be formed as a separate group, with separate guidelines for developmental activities. The Assembly elections saw the exit of the BJP and the arrival of a Congress government, which too is hamstrung by the same political compulsions and hence finds itself speaking in the same language as the erstwhile BJP government.

The discomfiture of the Chief Minister was evident in the fact that he avoided giving an interview to Frontline on the issue. His office said his letter to the Prime Minister, being self-explanatory, should suffice.

Politics indeed makes strange bedfellows, in this case, the two sworn enemies, the BJP and the Congress. Politics has also forced the Congress-led State government to confront a Congress-led Centre.

 

PRESS RELEASE ( english and hindi )-Tehri Dam oustees languish for the basic amenities #humanrughts


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Press Note: January 26, 2013 (same isbelow)

Tehri Dam oustees languish for the basic amenities even though the government earns from the projects

The State government in Uttrakhand must have earned at least 1000cr from the electricity generated by the Tehri dam project on National River Ganga and this is a recurring incoming yet in the ongoing Supreme Court case between N.D Juyal and Shekhar Singh V/S GOI and another, the former government in its affidavit on the delay in rehabilitation work gave the reason that T.H.D.C has not provided funds for rehabilitation.The court had directed THDC in November 2011 to provide for a paltry 102.99 cr for the same. Even now the reason given to the SC for the delay in rehabilitation work is said to be lack of funds.

Before it come power the present Chief Minister Shri Vijay Bahuguna had conceded that the rehabilitation work was not being properly done. In response to the destruction of villages around the Tehri Dam during the monsoon in 2010 he had suggested that the state government should spend the earnings generated by the hydro electric projects on the project affected people. This line of thought is in consonance with the Power ministry’s guideline for the development of hydroelectricity projects sites dated 23 may 2006 which on page 10 states that the income so generated should be spend on project affected people .

Guideline

2.3 Provision of 12% free power to the home state Government of India, vide its O.M. dated 17th May, 1989 have approved that “since the Home States are increasingly finding it difficult to locate alternative land and resources for rehabilitation of the oustees in hydro-electric projects. They, need to be suitably assisted by giving incentives, such as the (proposed) 12% free power, to enable them to take care of the problems of rehabilitation in the areas affected by the hydro-electric projects.

Without such assistance and incentives, considerable hydel potential of the country would remain unutilized. Accordingly, the State Government shall be entitled to realize 12% free power from the project for local area development and mitigation of Guidelines for development of Hydro Electric Projects Sites hardships to the project affected people in line with the Govt. of India policy”.

Further in this context the basic amenities mentioned below are nonexistent and if at all they exist ,they are of very poor quality, even at rural rehabilitation sites like Pathari part-1,2,3&4, the dam oustees in the rural area of Haridwar have not been properlly rehabilitated, even after 30 years 70% of them do not have land rights. These rehabilitation sites lack basic infrastructure like electricity, water, irrigation, transportation, health post, bank post office PDS, panchayat, mandir, roads, drains so much so these sites do not have picketed fence or a wall to keep out the wild animals. People have been fending off for themselves and have built houses on their own. In not so distant past on 11 June 2012, Shri Rajesh Nautiyal Assitant Executive Engineer at the shivilak nagar rehabilitation office in Haridwar division said that 4 cr have been sanctioned for the rehabilitation work but none for providing the basic infrastructures.

Matu Jansangthan had sent a letter on behalf of oustees, sign by Vimalbhai And Puran Singh Rana , Balwant Singh Pnawar and Jagdish Rawat (in Hindi, attached) to the Chife Minister Shri Vijay Bahuguna demanding that his government can do is spend the income (getting 12% free electricity form the Tehri and Koteshwer Dam) being generated to rehabilitate the dam oustees by providing them land holding with clear titles after sorting out with the central Ministry of Environment and Forest, provide the promised free electricity as per the Power ministry guidelines and set up committees of locals and project effected people to monitor and ensure quality in the provision of essential infrastructure and services at the rehabilitation sites.

Vimalbhai And Puran Singh Rana

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विस्थापितों ने मांगा राज्य को मिल रही मुफ्त बिजली में अपना हक

 

उत्तराखण्ड में राष्ट्रीय नदी गंगा पर बने टिहरी बांध के ग्रामीण विस्थापितों ने राज्य को मिल रही मुफ्त बिजली में अपना हक मांगा है। 24 जनवरी को मुख्यमंत्री को दिये गये पत्र में उनसे मांग की गई है कि लिखा है कि राज्य सरकार को टिहरी बांध से मिलने मुफ्त बिजली संबधी सरकारी आदेश का जिक्र करते हुये पत्र में कहा गया है कि टिहरी बांध से मिल रही मुफ्त आमदनी को विस्थापितों पर खर्च किया जाये। पत्र साथ में है। जिसमें विस्तार से विषय को उठाया गया है।

 

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संदर्भः टिहरी बांध के ग्र्रामीण पुनर्वास स्थलों की मूलभूत आवश्यकताओं को पूरा करें।

 

टिहरी बांध से मिल रही मुफ्त आमदनी को विस्थापितों पर खर्च करे।

 

मान्यवर]

 

टिहरी बांध से बिजली का उत्पादन भी हो रहा है जिससे राज्य सरकार को प्रतिदिन आमदनी भी हो रही है। जो आजतक करीबन्हजार करोड़ होगी। आप माननीय सुप्रीम कोर्ट में टिहरी बांध पर चल रहे एनडीजुयाल व शेखर सिंह बनाम भारत सरकार औरपुनर्वास पर चल रहे मुकद्दमों से परिचित होंगे ही। पूर्व राज्य सरकार ने अपने शपथ पत्र में पुनर्वास ना होने का कारण टिहरी हाइड्रोडेवलपमेंट कारपोरेशन ¼टीएचडीसी]½ द्वारा पैसा नही देना बताया था। कोर्ट ने नवम्बर 2011 ¼टीएचडीसी]½ आदेशमें पूर्व राज्य सरकार द्वारा मांगी गयी 102-99 करोड़ की राशि देने का आदेश दिया।

अभी भी माननीय सुप्रीम कोर्ट में पुनर्वास कार्य पूरा ना होने का कारण पैसे की कमी बताई जा रही है। आपने भी पिछले कई चुनावोंमें बार&बार पूर्व राज्य सरकार के बारे में कहा था कि वो टिहरी बांध विस्थापितों का पुनर्वास कार्य सही नही कर रही है। ंआपने2010 के मानसून में टिहरी बांध झील के आसपास के गांवों की तबाही के संदर्भ में भी कहा था कि राज्य सरकार को टिहरी बांध सेमिलने मुफ्त बिजली से जो आमदनी हो रही है उसे टिहरी बांध विस्थापितों के लिये खर्च करना चाहिये। आपका यह सुझाव ऊर्जामंत्रालय की “Guidelines for development of Hydro Electric Projects Sites” 23 मई 2006 के अनुरूप है जिसमें पेज न0 10 परलिखा है कि बांध से दी जाने वाली मुफ्त बिजली की आमदनी को बांध विस्थापितों पर खर्च किया जाये।

 

नीति का संबधित हिस्साः

2.3 Provision of 12% free power to the home state Government of India, vide its O.M. dated 17th May, 1989 have approved that “since the Home States are increasingly finding it difficult to locate alternative land and resources for rehabilitation of the oustees in hydro-electric projects. They, need to be suitably assisted by giving incentives, such as the (proposed) 12% free power, to enable them to take care of the problems of rehabilitation in the areas affected by the hydro-electric projects.

 

Without such assistance and incentives, considerable hydel potential of the country would remain unutilized. Accordingly, the State Government shall be entitled to realize 12% free power from the project for local area development and mitigation of Guidelines for development of Hydro Electric Projects Sites hardships to the project affected people in line with the Govt. of India policy”.

 

इसी संदर्भ में हम कहना चाहते है किः

पथरी भाग 1] 2] 3 व हरिद्वार के ग्रामीण क्षेत्र में रहने वाले टिहरी बांध विस्थापितों के मामले 30 वर्षाे से लंबित है। यहंा लगभग 40 गांवो के लोगो को पुनर्वासित किया गया है। यहंा 70 प्रतिशत विस्थापितों को भूमिधर अधिकार भी नही मिल पाया है। बिजलीपानीसिंचाईयातायातस्वास्थयबैंकडाकघरराशन की दुकानपचांयत घरमंदिरपितृकुटटीसड़कगुल]नालियंा आदि और जंगली जानवरों से सुरक्षा हेतु दिवार व तार बाढ़ तक भी व्यवस्थित नही है। बीसियों वर्षो से यह सुविधायें लोगो को उपलब्ध नही हो पाई है। यदि कहीं पर किसी तरह से कुछ व्यवस्था बनी भी है तो स्थिति खराब है। स्कूल भी कुछ ही वर्षो पहले बना है वो भी मात्र 10वीं तक है। प्राथमिक स्कूलों की इमारतें बनी है पर अघ्यापक नही है। स्वाथ्य सेवायें तो है ही नही। रास्ते सही नही है तो निकासी नालियां भी नही है। यातायात की सुविधायें भी नही है। लोगों को मात्र जगंल में छोड़ दिया गया है। अपने बूते पर विस्थापितों ने मकान बनाये है।

11 जून 2012 को हरिद्वार क्षेत्र के शिवालिक नगर स्थित पुनर्वास कार्यालय के अधिकारी उपअधिशासी अभियंता श्री राजेश नौटियाल ने बताया की हरिद्वार पुनर्वास क्षेत्र के लिये करोड़ रुपये की मंजूरी हुई है। पैसा आने पर ही काम शुरु होगा। किन्तु इन कामों में उपरलिखित कोई भी काम नही है। जबकि यह मूलभूत समस्यायें है।

टिहरी बांध से मिलने मुफ्त बिजली से जो आमदनी हो रही है उसे टिहरी बांध विस्थापितों के लिये खर्च करना चाहिये। पथरी भाग1] 2] 3 व हरिद्वार के ग्रामीण क्षेत्र में रहने वाले टिहरी बांध विस्थापितों के 30 वर्षाे से लंबित कार्यो के निपटान के लिये इस राशि का उपयोग करना चाहिये।

आपसे हमारी मांग है कि निम्नलिखित विषयों पर तुरंत कार्यवाही का आदेश करेंः

 

  • भूमिधर अधिकार तुरंत दिये जाये। यदि वन भूमि की समस्या है तो इस बारे में आप केंद्रीय पर्यावरण एंव वन मंत्रालय से स्वंय बात करें और विस्थापितों को भूमि अधिकार दिलायें।

  • ऊर्जा मंत्रालय की नीति के अनुसार विस्थापितों को मुफ्त बिजली दिये जाने के प्रावधान को लागू करें। इस विषय में केंद्रीय ऊर्जा मंत्रालय से बात करें।

  • शिक्षास्वाथ्यययातायातसिंचाई व पेयजल और अन्य मूलभूत सुविधायें तुरंत पूरी की जाये। इन कार्यो के लिये टिहरी बांध परियोजना सेजिसमें कोटेश्वर बांध भी आता हैमिलने वाली 12 प्रतिशत मुफ्त बिजली के पैसे का उपयोग किया जाये।

  • सभी कार्यों के लिये विस्थापितों की ही समितियंा बनाकर काम दिया जाये ताकि कार्य की गुणवत्ता बने और सही निगरानी भी हो सके।

 

इस समय केन्द्र व राज्य में आपकी ही सरकार है। नये बांधों को बनाने से पहले कार्यरत बांधों के विस्थापनपर्यावरण की समस्याओं का निदान आवश्यक व न्याय की मांग है।

 

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Immediate Release-Memorandum against repression of worker’s movement in Haridwar


October 22, 2012

There was a protest demonstration at Uttarakhand Bhawan on 20th October 2012 against repression of worker’s movement , particularly against registration of false and fabricated F.I.R. against 32 workers related with Inqulabi Mazdoor Kendra who were participating in a peaceful rally organized after completion of their 2 day long 3rd Conference in Haridwar. Activists of different organization gathered at Uttarkahand Bhawan and submitted a memorandum to Resident commissioner demanding quashing of fabricated FIR. They also demanded judicial inquiry in registration of false FIR and punishment to officer involved in imposing the said false and fabricated FIR. Activists of Inqalabi Mazdoor Kendra , Krantikari Lok Adhikar Sangathan, Krantikari Naujawan Sabha, Mehnatkash Mazdoor Morcha, Mazdoor Patrika, Pragatisheel Mahila Ekta Kendra & others were present their. A gate meeting was also organised where in speakers emphasized on fight against onslaught of indian state against workers and poor masses. Copy of memorandum given to the R.C. Uttarakhand is given below.

MEMORANDUM

Dated: – 20.10.2012

To

The Resident Commissioner
Uttrakhand Bhawan
New Delhi

Subject: – Memorandum against repression of worker’s movement and registration of false and fabricated FIR against workers and activists at P.S. Ranipur Haridwar.

We the undersigned organizations/ individuals have come to oppose the repression of workers and rampant violation of worker’s as well as common citizen’s democratic and fundamental rights by Uttarkhand Police.

Uttarkhand Government is adamant to repress the worker’s movement. They want to kill the worker’s unity at nascent stage and for that purpose resort to illegal use of police force and other administrative machinery. On 15th October 2012 a false and fabricated F.I.R. bearing no. 321/2012 at p.s. Ranipur has been registered.

The local administration as well as concerned police authorities was aware that on 14th and 15th October, 2012, 3rd Conference of Inqlabi Mazdoor Kendra was going on in Haridwar, Uttarakhand. At the end of the conference a procession was taken out from Chinamay Degree College to Rawali Mahdood village and written intimation dated 05.10.2012 regarding this procession was also given to the SDM Haridwar10 days in advance. (Copy Enclosed).

The said application was forwarded to SHO Ranipur with direction to do the needful, however on instructions of authorities at state level, a forged and fabricated F.I.R. No. 321/2012 U/S 147/341/447/505 I.P.C. as well as under 7 criminal law amendment act was registered against 32 named persons and 150 unknown. It is pertinent to mention here in that several persons who were not present in the conference or even few are those who never visited Haridwar have been named in F.I.R. with ulterior motive to crush the worker’s movement at nascent stage.

There is state offensive against the general masses as well as working class of the country, who are prone to state repression. The worker’s right is being violated rampantly by the state machinery. Labor department has become defunct institutions and labor laws gets place in books of law only for record.

The incident of 15th October is one stark example of worker’s repression. On 15th October when the activists and members of Inqulabi Mazdoor Kendra came out with the procession namely Majdoor Adhikar Jagrukta Rally in a peaceful manner, police registered a false F.I.R. against them.

We are living in a democratic country. Holding meetings, taking out processions, organize conventions, make slogans and protest in peaceful manner is democratic right of Indian citizen. Article 19 of The Indian Constitution makes guarantee to the freedom of speech & expression as well as freedom of association and assembly in peaceful manner as fundamental right. In the incident cited above, local police have crossed the limit by registering false and fabricated case against innocent citizens of India violating their fundamental right. The Uttarakhand Government as well as Indian state has failed to protect the rights of its citizen, particularly of those which comes from vulnerable sections of the society.

We undersigned organizations/individuals feel that the police had lodged entirely false and fabricated FI.R. against the activist and members of Inqlabi Mazdoor Kendra . We also condemn this police action on the innocent members and the activists of Inqlabi Mazdoor Kendra.

We demand that:-

(1) F.I.R. No. 321/2012 registered at P.S. Ranipur , Haridwar, uttarakhand against workers, activists and members of Inqlabi Mazdoor Kendra be quashed immediately.

(2) Police officer be punished for lodging a false and fabricated F.I.R.

(3) Stop repression of worker’s movement.

(4) Restore worker’s right.

Inqalabi Mazdoor Kendra
Krantikari Lok Adhikar Sangathan
Krantikari Naujawan Sabha
Mehnatkash Mazdoor Morcha
Mazdoor Patrika
Pragatisheel Mahila Ekta Kendra
PDFI
RDF
Radical Notes
Shramik Sangram Samiti
Sanhati-Delhi
Shramik Duniya
Students For Resistance
Vidyarthi Yuvjan Sabha
Workers Unity Trade Union

 

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