Conference on ‘state terrorism’ at Kochi
Kochi: The United Front Against Oppression of the State, a conglomeration of various human rights groups in Kerala, conducted a one day conference on March 14, Saturday at KSEB Hall, Ernakulam on ‘state terrorism’. The immediate thrust of the conference was the arrest of the leaders of human rights movement in Kerala, namely Advocate Thushar Nilmal Saradhy and Jaison C. Cooper. They were arrested and have been kept in jail under draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) laws from January 30, 2015 onwards.
Maoist posters in Khammam dist.
Suspected Maoists reportedly put up wall posters near Devarapalli in Charla mandal demanding hike in wages for tendu leaf collectors. According to sources, handwritten posters reportedly surfaced in the vicinity of Devarapalli and Kudunuru villages in the tribal sub-plan mandal in the small hours of Friday. The posters bearing the name of Maoist Venkatapuram area committee demanded adequate wages, insurance cover and other social security measures for tendu leaf collectors in the Agency areas. Sources said that similar posters were spotted in a few remote tribal hamlets in Venkatapuram mandal bordering Chhattisgarh on Thursday.