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Hyderabad, July 30 (NSS): The Committee against Operation Green Hunt Andhra Pradesh has demanded that the Centre and Jharkhand government immediately disband the “Salwa Judum” which was committing heinous atrocities against the Adivasis and comply with the judgment of the Supreme Court. It also demanded withdrawal of death sentences on the Jharkhand Adivasi Dalit cultural troupe leader Jeetan Marandi and his troupe members Chatrapati Mangal, Manoj Rajwal and Anil Ram.

            Addressing the media here on Saturday, the senior advocate, Mr Bojja Tharakam, the revolutionary writer, Mr Vara Vara Rao, Mr Sambasiva Rao, Ms Jhansi (POW), the Committee Co-ordinator, Mr V Raghunath, Mr D. Johan (Praja Kala Mandali) and Mr M Raju (PDM) said the Salwa Judum which was formed in 2004 was committing atrocities like torching of hundreds of hamlets, murdering Adivasis and sexually assaulting Adivasi women forcing thousands of Adivasis to flee their homes. Instead of conducting inquiries and bringing the Salwa Judum armed personnel to book for their atrocities, the Raman Singh government and the Centre contemplating to legalise it amounted to usurp the Adivasis’ primary right to live, they added.

Pointing out that the Apex Court had delivered a historic judgment holding Salwa Judum as illegal and sought a report from the government, they said the statements of the Jharkhand Chief Minister, Mr Raman Singh, and the Union Home Minister, Mr P Chidambaram, that the government would not hesitate to amend the Constitution to give legal status to Salwa Judum was totally undemocratic and contrary to the spirit of the Constitution and moral values. They also pointed out that the Supreme Court had observed that the government’s action in appointing semi-literate Koya youths as special police officers (ASPO) or Koya commanders and arming them to physically liquidate their blood relatives as an irresponsible act.

They also demanded that the Centre not file a review petition against Supreme Court judgment on Salwa Judum and revoke death sentences awarded to Jeeten Marandi, Anil Ram, Manoj Rajwar and Chhatrapati Mandal, on the charge of killing 18 people in 2007. He said the Giridih district and sessions court in Jharkhand had pronounced death sentence to the accused, who were only cultural artistes engaged in creating awareness among the tribal people about their rights and responsibilities. They claimed that “Jeetan is a well-known Adivasi Cultural artiste and leader of Jharkhand Abhen, a cultural organization. (NSS)

 

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Hyderabad, July 23 (NSS): The Sarvajana Satta, a Lok Satta affiliate representing weaker sections, today complained to the SC, ST Commission that cases of atrocities against Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes have been lying unresolved for months in police stations throughout the State.

As many as 1600 cases have been pending in police stations, a Sarvajana Satta delegation represented to Mr. R. Subba Rao, Officer on Special Duty, at the commission’s office. The delegation comprising Messrs Eeda Chennayya, Srikant Chintala, Hanumantha Rao and P. V. Rao, pointed out that action should be taken within a month of a complaint being lodged under The Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989

The leaders said that not many victims of atrocities generally lodge complaints and even they do the police do not act on them.

They also expressed their unhappiness over the Government not appointing chairperson and members of the SC, ST Commission although they had represented to the Governor and the Chief Minister in October 2010. As a result, thousands of cases which the police referred to the commission are lying unresolved.

The Sarvajana Satta leaders expressed satisfaction over steps being taken to establish a research center and a library in the commission’s office.  (NSS)

Hyderabad, July 20(NSS): The Jamiat-ul-Mominath (women’s Islamic university) will be organizing a one-day State level conference of women at Mubeen Function Hall, Himmathpura (Qazipura) on July 24 from 9 am to 7 pm.

            Speaking to mediapersons today, the Jamiatul Mominath Director, Dr Hafeez Mohd. Mastan Ali, said the aim of the Jamia was to eradicate illiteracy among girls of Muslim society. To guide the Muslim women, he said the Jamia was conducting weekly and monthly ijemaath in various parts of the State as well as other States. He said they would conduct training for women pertaining to their rights, role in parenting children, educational awareness and needless customs and expensive  marriages.

Dr Hafeez Mohd. Mastan Ali said Ms Muftiya Shafatha Fathima of Bijapur of Karnataka, Prof. Rehana Sultana, Director of Women Studies, Moulana Azad Urdu University, Hyderabad, Ms Muftia Farhath Jaberi of Mumbai, Dr Muftia Rizwana Zareen, principal, Jamiatul Mominath, Ms Alima Rubani Begum of Manipur, Dr Nazima Aziz, Head of Mufti Jamiatul Mominath, Ms Muftia Tahmeena Tahseen, Ms Alhaja Ather Jafari of Bidar, Ms Alima Ruquayya Begum of Bihar, Ms Qariya Uzma Parveen of U.P and Ms Qariya Farheen Begum of Orissa would attend the seminar.

He said the Jamiatul Mominath would also announce formation of Fiqhi Ijtehadi Council for women based on 70 women Islamic scholars (Muftias) which is headed by Hazrath Allama Mufti Mohammed Hasnuddin, Head Mufti, Jamiatul Mominath, Moghalpura and convener of the council Dr Muftia Nazima Aziz. The aim of the council formation was to find solutions to day-to-day new Sharai problems faced by Muslim women of the world in the light of Quran and Hadees, he said. In this regard, the council meeting will be held every month and the women who faced any Sharai problem can log on to website www.jamiatulmominath.com(NSS)

Hyderabad, July 17 (NSS): The Operation Green Hunt Vyatireka Porata Committee has demanded that the Union government immediately stop Green Hunt Operation and withdraw Army and paramilitary forces from Jangal Mahal of West Bengal to Dandakaranya of Andhra Pradesh.

            Speaking to mediapersons here on Sunday, the Revolutionary Writer, Mr Vara Vara Rao, alleged that the Centre has declared all-out war against the tribal people in the name of the Green Hunt Operation from Jangal Mahal to the Dandakaranya. He demanded that Chhattisgarh government immediately implement the Supreme Court’s orders that ‘Salwa Judum’ be disbanded. He also demanded that the Chhattisgarh government withdraw ‘Salwa Judum’ forces and provide rehabilitation to its members. He urged the Centre not to file a review petition against Supreme Court judgment on Salwa Judum. He also demanded that the Chhattisgarh government order an inquiry into the attacks and murders of tribals by Salwa Judum forces and take stern action against them.

The committee convener, Mr Kranti Chaitanya, has demanded revocation of death sentence awarded to Jeeten Marandi, Anil Ram, Manoj Rajwar and Chhatrapati Mandal, on the charge of killing 19 people in 2007. He said the Giridih district and sessions court in Jharkhand had pronounced death sentence to the accused, who were only cultural artistes engaged in creating awareness among the tribal people about their rights and responsibilities. He also demanded that the death sentences be revoked and the activists released immediately. He claimed that “Jeetan is a well-known Adivasi Cultural artiste and leader of Jharkhand Abhen, a cultural organization.

Mr Kranti Chaitanya demanded that the State government immediately release the Kula Nirmula Porata Samiti State president, Mr Duddu Prabhakar, who disappeared on July 13 at the Visakhapatnam Bus Station. He alleged that Mr Prabhakar was kidnapped by the Visakhapatnam Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr Brahmaiah, and demanded that the government produce him before any court in the State. He also criticized the Home Minister, Ms Sabita Indra Reddy, and the Director General of Police, Mr V. Dinesh Reddy, for neglecting to trace whereabouts of Prabhakar. (NSS)