#India -129 People Jailed for Protesting Against Kalpakkam Reactor #WTFnews


29 March, 2013 — In a bid to intimidate fenceline communities living around the Kalpakkam nuclear reactors, the Tamil Nadu Police has jailed 129 people of the 650 that were detained in wedding halls yesterday. Those detained were protesting to highlight that the nuclear complex in Kalpakkam was all threat and risk to the local community with no benefits either in the form of jobs or electricity.

A peaceful protest involving more than 1000 people was broken up by the police. Nearly 650 people peacefully boarded buses to court arrest. Given the peaceful nature of the protest, and the cooperation extended by the people to the police, those detained would normally have been released by evening. However, the Police invited a magistrate to the wedding hall where 129 people were detained, and filed two separate cases against them — one case naming 27 people (mostly leaders and organisers); and another naming 102 people.

Prominent among those arrested are leaders of the Manithaneya Makkal Katchi and the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam.

The  police has slapped the following charges against the villagers:
Section 143 IPC: Punishment for Unlawful Assembly
Section 147 IPC: Punishment for rioting
Section 148 IPC: Rioting, armed with deadly weapons
Section 158 IPC: Whoever is engaged, or hired, or offers or attempts to be hired or engaged, to do or assist in doing any of the acts specified in section 141, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine, or with both.

or to go armed. or to go armed.– and whoever, being so engaged or hired as aforesaid, goes armed, or engages or offers to go armed, with any deadly weapon or with anything which used as a weapon of offence is likely to cause death, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both.
Section 353 IPC: Assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty.– Whoever assaults or uses criminal force to any person being a public servant in the execution of his duty as such public servant, or with intent to prevent or deter that person from discharging his duty as such public servant, or in consequence of anything done or attempted to be done by such person to the lawful discharge of his duty as such public servant, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both.

All above sections are to be read with Section 7(1)(A) of the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1953:
“with intent to cause any person to abstain from doing or to do any act which such person has a right to do or to abstain from doing, obstructs or uses violence to or intimidates such person or any member of his family or person in his employ, or loiters at or near a place where such person or member or employed person resides or works or carries on business or happens to be, or persistently follows him from place to place, or interferes with any property owned or used by him or deprives him of or hinders him in the use thereof, or. . .”

 

Press Release- Is India on the Path to become a Land of Serial Executions?


                                                                                            Chennai/ 14.2.2013
FOR FAVOUR OF PRESS COVERAGE
The PUCL strongly condemns the rejection by the President of India of the commutation petitions of Simon, Meesakara Mathayan, Bilavendran and Gnanaprakasam. Equally condemnable is the action of the Prison Authorities of Belgaum Central Prison, Karnataka who in the morning of 13.2.2013 merely intimated orally to the convicts of the rejection of their mercy petitions without giving them the written orders of rejection. In sharp contrast, signed acknowledgements of receipt have been obtained from all 4 convicts!
PUCL is extremely concerned at the repeat pattern of the deliberate and  surreptitious manner in which rejection of commutation petitions has been communicated in all the 4 cases which the present President has rejected  – viz., Kasab, Afzal Guru, Saibanna and the current 4 convicts. In Afzal Guru’s case the Union Home Minister is on record to state that they did not intimate immediately to the wife of Afzal so as to prevent them from approaching the High or Supreme Court. Even in Saibanna’s case the rejection was only orally intimated but acknowledgement obtained from the prisoner. It is very clear that the Union Government and the State Governments all seem to be acting in a manner totally against the spirit of the Indian Constitution and rule of law by consciously and deliberately sabotaging and subverting established procedures and has to be strongly condemned as unbecoming of constitutional authorities.
The rejection by the President of India of the commutation petitions in the case of these 4 convicts seems to be based on a wholly unacceptable, erroneous and unwarranted appreciation of the powers of commutation provided by Article 72 of the Indian Constitution.  The commutation or `pardoning’ power of President of India, is better described as `unfettered power’ not subject to any constitutional or judicial restraints.
The power of the President under Art. 72 in the nature of a `constitutional and executive’ power as contrasted to the Courts Statutory and judicial powers, and is actually in the nature of `Residual Sovereign Power’ untrammeled by the decision of the courts, including the Supreme Court; the President is thus empowered to go beyond the evidence on record and come to a different conclusion than that recorded by the Court.
 It is most unfortunate that the President, advised by the cabinet, seem to be under the false impression that what the Supreme Court has said is the final word beyond which the executive cannot go. There is no other way to understand the string of Presidential rejections of commutation petitions coming in rapid fashion.
At the current rate of rejections India can look forward to a continuous string of serial hangings in this year itself.
The rejection by the President of the commutation petitions of these 4 convicts is wholly unconstitutional, unfair and arbitrary. The President, advised by the Council of Ministers, seem to have missed the point that the Designated TADA Court did not feel compelled to impose death penalty because “it is not the case of the prosecution that the accused had started their careers as criminals and attained notoriety”. They were inhabitants of the local area who were compelled to fall in line. In other words while they were gang members of Veerappan’s gang, they were not the main leaders. The trial court therefore convicted them but imposed only life sentence.
The Supreme Court which enhanced the punishment to death sentence seemed to have given greater importance to the issue of violence in the area as a result of the clash between Veerappan’s gang and the STF and police forces. The SC opined that that theirs was an onerous duty of “self preservation” which impelled the SC to impose death penalty.
Whatever the rationale of the SC’s ruling, the power of the Council of Ministers of the Central Government is much wider and in exercising their pardoning powers the Government is duty bound to look at the conduct of the prisoners post-conviction, as also other personal factors. It is also relevant to point out Veerappan himself was eliminated in an encounter by the Tamil Nadu Police in 2004 and his entire gang liquidated.
All the 4 convicts are senior citizens aged above 60 years, which Meesakara Mathayan aged nearly 72 years, Beelavendan and Gnanaprakash aged about 65 – 67 years and Simon being over 60 years. They have all been in jail for the last 18 years.
None of them have any other criminal cases against them. In fact the same SC bench has acquitted them in other TADA cases which were part of the same set of cases in which they got death sentence.
The conduct of the convicts has been exemplary and they have not got involved in any prison offences in the last 18 years.
The basis of criminal jurisprudence system in India is the possibility of reform of prisoners; not retributive justice.
Is the Government of India so scared of 60 and 70 year old men? Do the\y constitute after 18 years in prison, such a major threat to society that the only solution is by hanging them?
It is indeed a sad day for democracy that the UPA Government in Delhi seems bent on laying the record for serial hangings, in a manner never before witnessed in Independent India. Political brownie points cannot be scored by the union government over the lives of death row convicts; it is the worst form of democratic degeneration of any country.
 (Dr. V. Suresh)

 

#India #Nuclear – The ‘Koodankulam Conflict’ Map #mustread


Us

Them

Actors

Fisherfolk, farmers, workers, Dalits, Muslims, women, children etc.

Supporters in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and rest of India.

Supporting political parties,

Social movements, Human rights groups etc.

Some sections of Media

Some international friends

Government of India

Government of Tamil Nadu

 Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, CISF, Tamil Nadu Police, Central and State intelligence agencies etc.

 Atomic Energy Commission, DAE, NPCIL, AERB etc.

Political parties such as Congress, BJP, DMK, AIADMK etc.

Indian Bureaucracy

Much of Indian Media

US, Russia, France governments

MNCs of these countries

Spy agencies of these counties

IAEA etc.

Positions

Nuclear power is bad, ugly and expensive.

Nuclear power plant is dangerous and unwanted.

Let us think like a creative leader and look beyond thermal and nuclear energy.

Let’s consider ‘New Energies’.

Let’s put Indian citizens’ interests first.

Nuclear power is good, clean and cheap.

Nuclear power plant is safe and badly needed.

Let us continue our colonized thinking and persist with thermal and nuclear energy.

Let’s consider nuclear energy.

Let’s put foreign countries’ and their MNCs’  interests first.

Interests Safeguarding India’s natural resources such as sea, seafood, land, ground water, air etc.

Protecting ordinary people’s livelihood and sustainable development.

 

Ensuring everyone’s food security, nutrition security, water security etc.

 

Avoiding health problems of ordinary people; and protecting the progeny.

 

Protecting Nature, Life, Future

Producing more electricity and ensuring energy security and national security.

Promoting the development agenda of the rich and famous and powerful.

 

Ensuring the power brokers’ profits, commissions and kickbacks.

 

Ignoring such hidden costs and persisting with short-term gains.

 

 

Money, Money, Money

Gain A few menial jobs

 

Low income from shops, services

Lots of good jobs

 

Lots of contracts, sub-contracts

 

Money, Power, Prominence

 

Electricity

 

Good life

Loss 350+ serious cases and legal hassles

 

Police action and harassment

 

Loss of income and wealth

 

Natural resources

 

Livelihood

 

Health

 

Wellbeing of children and grandchildren

 

Future

 
Attacks

Faced

Dangerous false cases such as sedition, waging war on the State etc.

 

Arrests, imprisonment, torture.

 

Imprisoning women, juveniles, and children.

 

Legal hassles, refusing bail.

 

Police searches, attacks and harassment.

 

Having anti-social elements vandalize private properties and homes with police connivance.

 

Attack on negotiating team.

 

Intelligence departments’ psychological warfare.

 

Tear gas attack, lathi charge, firing.

 

Murder by police.

 

Aerial harassment of Coast Guard planes.

 

Death threats.

Nonviolent and peaceful siege, processions and agitations (for a few hours).
Slanders

Faced

Instigated by opposition parties.

 

Small group’s protest.

 

Fishermen struggle.

 

Christian struggle.

 

Foreign countries’ and agencies’ plot.

 

NGO-funded struggle.

 

Missionaries’ and priests’ protest.

 

Struggle promotes smuggling in the sea and coasts.

 

Undertaken to harass governments.

 

Struggle promoted by incentives such as Rs. 500, biriyani and alcohol.

 

Misguiding innocent people.

 

Stubborn and unwilling to listen.

 

Receiving foreign money.

 

Using human shield.

 

Character assassination of leaders, casting aspersions on leaders’ integrity etc.

 

Accusing of using violence.

 

Publishing leaders’ addresses, contact numbers, emails in a newspaper.

 

Doubting people’s sanity and sending psychiatrists.

 

Arresting foreigners and connecting with struggle.

 

Linking us with Naxalites, terrorists, ISI spies etc.

 

Insulting women and questioning their morality.

 
Machinations  

 

 

Telling half-truths and non-truths to people.

 

Dividing people with the help of immoral media persons.

 

Setting up corrupt media persons against the struggle.

 

Spreading rumors and  harassing people.

 

Dividing people along caste and religious lines.

 

Trying to instigate violence in the protest programs.

 

Trying to ‘buy’ weak protestors.

 

Splitting people by creating gangs and planting goons.

 

‘Buying’ media and media persons.

 

Instigating businessmen and industrialists against people.

 

Using scientists and experts to confuse people.

 

Setting up proxy protesters against the struggle.

 

Setting up religious leaders to influence people’s opinion.

 

Distributing freebies.

 

Canvassing students and youth in colleges with government influence.

 

Doing campaigns with government influence.

 

Creating artificial power cuts.

 

Sending in spies and agents to endanger peace.

 

Promising houses, roads and other “development” projects.

 

Promising crores of rupees and wooing panchayat leaders and local leaders to the government side.

Favored

Solutions

Abandon all NPPs

 

Focus on ‘New Energies’

Start more NPPs

 

Produce nuclear energy

The Way Out ·         Announce a moratorium on all nuclear activities all over the country.

·         Present a Cost-Benefit-Procedural Impact analysis of NPPs.

·         Do financial, energy, environmental, social audit of the existing NPPs.

·         Set up an “empowered and independent” regulatory authority.

·         Ensure transparency, accountability, and popular participation in nuclear installations.

·         Facilitate a national debate on nuclear deals, Uranium mines, reactors, waste dumps, and nuclear bombs.

·         Let people decide what they need!

 

By S. P. Udayakumar <spudayakumar@gmail.com>, R. S. Muhilan and M. Pushparayan.

Koodankulam Crisis: HC instructs TN Police to ensure access to essential needs


By Newzfirst 3/22/12

CHENNAI – In a directive to the Tamil Nadu Police, the Madras High Court today ordered Police to ensure the uninterrupted access to basic amenities like electricity, food, milk and water for villagers protesting against Koodankulam nuclear power plant.

The Judges, Chief Justice EQ Iqbal and T.S Sivagnanam have reserved orders on other prayers, including lifting of Section 144 — a prohibitory order against the gathering of more than 4 people for Monday.

The Tamil Nadu police had imposed an illegal embargo on water, food, milk and fuel by blocking roads to pressurize protestors to give up their hunger strike against commissioning of nuclear power plant coming up at Koodankulam.

Villagers, including PMANE leaders Dr. SP Udayakumar and Pushparayan are on hunger strike since four days. About eight thousand villagers have relied basic supplies brought in through the sea on boats for the last 4 days

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