Killing of Prasadam condemned
Haragopal recalls late leader’s concern for Girijans
The government and the police were responsible for the killing of Ganti Prasadam, president of Martyrs’ Friends and Relatives Association and the vice-president of Revolutionary Democratic Front, in Nellore on Thursday, said leaders of people’s organisations, human rights activists and revolutionary writers, here on Friday. Prasadam had no enemies and only the government had a reason to eliminate him since Prasadam was travelling across India and working among people to awaken them, RDF’s joint secretary G.N. Saibaba said at a press conference. Selfless man Prasadam could work anywhere and on any issue and had also taken up agrarian issues and would work openly among the people to create revolutionary awareness and go underground when necessary, Prof. Saibaba said. Prasadam was the central committee member of CPI (ML) Party Unity which later merged with CPI (Maoist) and went underground.
After he was released from a lengthy detention after his arrest in Aurangabad, Prasadam had come out into the open and worked with many people’s organisations. Prof. Saibaba demanded a judicial inquiry by a sitting or retired High Court judge into the murder of Prasadam. Human rights activist G. Haragopal recalled Prasadam’s concern for Girijans and his humane nature when he wanted the voiceless Girijans released first and not him or other leaders in exchange of then Malkangiri Collector Vineel Krishina.
When the Girijans were not released, Prasadam went on a fast in the Bhubaneswar jail and got about 200 of them released. Prasadam’s killing was murder of humanity. He was concerned about the people and wanted to help them, but was eliminated, said Prof. Haragopal. Virasam’s Chalasani Prasad recalled his 40 years’ association with Prasadam and his work among the people in Bobbili area where he was worshipped like a god. He alleged that the police in mufti had killed him. General secretary of RDF Raj Kishore alleged that the government goondas killed Prasadam to create a fear among those working against injustice and atrocities and for a new democratic order. He was certain that the people would make the government pay for killing people like Prasadam.
At another press conference, Mr. Chalasani Prasad, T. Sreerama Murthy of ACLC, P.V. Ramana of Anti-Privatisation Committee, K. Venkata Ramana of Dalita Hakkula Samakhya, K. Padma of Mahila Chetana, Ganesh Panda of AIFTU, Kondayya of CPI (ML-New Democracy), M. Venkateswarlu of IFTU, S. Ramana of Dalita Vimukti, Ravi of Slum-dwellers Association, Venkata Lakshmi of POW and JV Ratnam condemned Prasadam’s murder and sought a judicial inquiry into the killing.
Special squad for targeted killings
Kolkata, July 5, 2013, DHNS: Raising alarms for the state police forces along the West Bengal-Jharkhand-Bihar-Chhattisgarh corridor, the Maoists seem to have formed a special squad, whose job would be to undertake targeted killings of political leaders and senior police officials. The possibility of such a squad executing killings emerged when the West Bengal Police was informally sharing intelligence with Jharkhand Police, who is currently busy in looking for more clues to the recent daylight killing of Amarjit Balihar, the Superintendent of Police of Pakur district, along with five others.
According to a senior police official from the West Bengal anti-Maoist cell, there were several references to a special squad that have been undertaking only targeted killings, after detailed planning to ensure perfect execution. “The recent killing of Mahendra Karma and other Congress leaders at Chhattisgarh is one such example in which planning should have happened over months. Balihar’s killing should have been planned in such a manner to ensure there would be nothing jeopardising the operation,” he said.
This special squad, being thought of as a Maoist special operations group by senior administrative and police officials, is reported to have been formed with cadres who are either from Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and Chattisgarh or are well aware of the terrain along this corridor for ease of movement and superior execution. Besides the Central Military Commission, the special squad is also expected to maintain contact with the regional commanders although it is unlikely they would report to these commanders or would inform them before hand, if they were to pass through the regions they control.
Special vigil across UP after Maoist attacks in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand
Special vigil is being maintained across Uttar Pradesh in view of recent Naxal attacks in Chattisgarh and Jharkhand killing Congress leaders and senior police officers. IG, Law and Order, RK Vishkarma told reporters that as three districts of the state Sonebhadra, Chandauli and Mirzapur are Maoist affected, special vigil is being maintained across the state in the wake of the recent Maoist attacks in adjoining Chattisgarh and Jharkhand. To a question on whether there is any input relating to Maoist threats in the state, Vishkarma evading a direct reply said extra precaution was necessary as Maoists often strike at places least expected.
Binayak Sen denied permission to UN Rapporteur’s seminar
His visit will compromise the internal security of the state, says court
Rights activist Binayak Sen has been denied permission to participate in an international seminar on health care in Kathmandu by a Raipur court. Dr. Sen sought permission to visit Kathmandu after confirming his participation to the seminar organisers and hence “the application is not bona fide” the court order said. The court has also considered a reply by Chhattisgarh police that said Dr. Sen’s visit to Nepal “will compromise internal security of the state.” Dr. Sen was invited by the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health to speak in an international two-day seminar on providing health care in conflict areas. Anand Grover, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, told The Hindu that he is “surprised and shocked” by the court’s order.
He said the report of the meeting would be presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council. Hours before his departure on Friday, a court order restricted Dr. Sen from visiting Kathmandu. “It is evident from the application that the applicant has agreed to take part in the programme without the permission of this court.
He sought permission on June 28 and accepted the proposal (to visit Kathmandu) on June 21,” Additional Sessions Court judge Alok Kumar Upadhyay said in his order. “Dr. Sen agreed to attend the meeting (before June 21) before he sought a permission, so that the organisers could send him the accommodation and flight details and he could furnish those in turn (to court) with his application,” said Dr. Sen’s lawyer, S.K. Farhan. The details of accommodation and a copy of the air tickets to and from Kathmandu were attached with the application. Earlier, the court sought a reply from the police about Dr. Sen’s application, to which Additional SP, Raipur, Lal Umed Singh replied that Dr. Sen’s visit is detrimental to the country’s security. “Such foreign visits of Dr. Sen consolidate Naxal and Maoist networks. India’s internal security is also compromised,” Mr. Singh stated
. “In view of increased Maoist violence, killing of security personnel and prominent political leaders, objection is raised against Dr. Sen’s foreign visit,” Mr. Singh told the court. Dr. Sen was invited to speak on healthcare delivery and accessibility to people in remote conflict areas, especially focussing Chhattisgarh. His topic was broadly described in the draft agenda as ‘availability, accessibility, acceptability and quality of health facilities, goods and services — duties and responsibilities toward affected populations, obligations of non-discrimination and medical independence, Treatment of parties to the conflict cf. civilians.’
He was supposed to speak on the first day of the seminar alongside health care and human rights activists from Burma, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Jamshid Gaziyev, Special Procedures Branch, Katherine Footer of John Hopkins School of Public Health and International Committee of the Red Cross will be attending the seminar, according to the draft agenda. In April 2011, a Chhattisgarh Court directed Dr. Sen to surrender his passport as a bail condition in line with the Supreme Court order. While it is not mandatory to have a passport to travel to Nepal, Dr. Sen needs permission from court for any overseas travel. Earlier, he was allowed to travel abroad twice — to South Korea in 2011 and United Kingdom in 2012 — and on both occasions the Chhattisgarh court approved the travel.