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)