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Countrywide Protests Against Brutal Murder of Gauri Lankesh

Protests were organized across the country on 6 September 2017 against the brutal killing of fearless journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru. The murder was condemned and opposed strongly across Karnataka. A massive protest meeting was organized at the Town Hall in Bengaluru. Protests were also organized at Mangalore at Jyoti Circle in front of the Collector’s office in the morning and at the Gandhi Statue, Town Hall, in the evening; at the Clock Tower in Udipi, at the Silver Jubilee Park in Mandya, and at the Mini Vidhan Sabha in Gulbarga; a protest rally was taken out in Dharwad...

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AIPWA Mahadharna at Ranchi

The Jharkhand AIPWA held a dharna in front of Raj Bhavan in Ranchi on 4 September 2017 on the issues of growing incidences of rape, murder and violence against women, children’s deaths in hospitals, and demanding equal pay for equal work. Mid-day meal workers, rasoiyas, sanyojikas, sahayika, jal-sahayikas and anganwadi workers participated in the mahadharna. Amid chanting of slogans, the rally which included women in large numbers from Ranchi, Deoghar, Dumka, Godda, Ramgarh, Garhwa, Giridih, Bokaro, and other districts, started from Ranchi railway station. The Mahadharna was addressed by AIPWA General Secretary Com. Meena Tiwari and MLA Com. Rajkumar...

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AICCTU March in Delhi’s Wazirpur Industrial Area

AICCTU March in Delhi’s Wazirpur Industrial Area On 9 September, AICCTU organized a rally in the Wazirpur Industrial area against the attack on workers and the hooliganism of the employers. On 8 September, a worker was severely beaten by a factory owner and his goons in B66/2 Wazirpur Industrial Area. He was thrown out of the factory and left bleeding. The worker had gone to demand the outstanding wages of past 6 months. The factory owner refused to pay the wages and when the worker protested, he was badly beaten up and left in near dead state. When AICCTU...

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Rally in Pilibhit

A march and public meeting were held in Pilibhit on 11 September highlighting various important issues affecting the common people and peasants in the district. The sham of the CM Yogi’s farmers’ loan waiver scheme exposed by farmers’ suicides happening in the district, non-payment of long pending dues of sugarcane farmers, killing of people by man-eater tiger and large scale imminent displacement of poorest sections due to Pilibhit Tiger Reserve Project, compensation to the peasants affected by flooding of river embankments and thorough inquiry of the death of comrade Rama Gairola suspected to be honour killing and withdrawal of...

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CPI(ML)’s Flood Relief Campaign in Bihar

Half the population of Bihar is affected by the floods. The areas in Seemanchal and Champaran have been especially devastated. Undoubtedly, the destruction caused has been manifold given that the state government made no preparations prior to the floods. Now that the flood waters have started receding, the extent of devastation caused is gradually becoming clear. Those affected by the flood are in need of urgent relief work however, the reports that are being received from the districts regarding relief work is highly unsatisfactory. Not only is the speed of the relief work extremely slow, the state government has imposed several kinds of conditions for providing relief packages. As a result, a significant population of those affected by the floods will not be able to benefit from the flood relief campaigns of the state. The intentions of the state government do not seem to be aimed towards providing relief to all. The worst affected by floods are always the poor. CPI(ML) has protested since day one against the criminal negligence before and during the floods and also against the gross apathy towards the flood affected that followed. On one hand, pressure is being built on the administration through continuous protests, on the other hand, a relief campaign is also being organised. Fund collection has been organised across Bihar for the flood affected and camps were set up in several...

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AIPWA Protests Haryana Govt’s Abject Surrender to Rapist Ram Rahim

The AIPWA organized a protest March in Patna on 26 August 2017 against the abject surrender of the Haryana government in the face of the violence which broke out following the verdict in Panchkula against rapist Ram Rahim. The march started from Buddha Park and culminated in a meeting at the Radio Station Chowk. Slogans raised during the march demanded the resignation of Haryana CM Manoharlal Khattar, ending of protection to rioters, ending of violence in the name of religion, arrest of Sakshi Maharaj, and condemning PM Modi and CM Khattar for their role in encouraging rapist Ram Rahim....

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Communal Violence against Adivasis in Jharkhand

After the passing of the Jharkhand Freedom of Religion Bill, given a free license by the Raghuvar government, Sanghi forces have started attacking the religious freedom of adivasis. They have started targeting Christian adivasis and sowing divisive seeds among them. On 19 August 2017 a frenzied Gaurakshak gang attacked 10 adivasis in the name of beef-eating in Tengari Tola, Village Barkol, Block Bargarh, District Garhwa. The adivasis were beaten all night and one of them, Ramesh Minj, died the next day on 23 August. Despite there being a police picket in the village, no effort was made to save...

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March against Jharkhand Govt. Policies in Bagodar

The CPI(ML) took out a protest march on 26 August at Bogodar (Giridih) as part of the statewide protest campaign on the following issues: unnecessary interference by the government in the long-standing religious traditions on the occasion of Bakrid; Jharkhand Land Acquisition Amendment Bill; Religious Conversion Bill; demand for case against Birni BDO implicated in the MNREGA scam; immediate and unconditional release of Bagodar leader Sarita Sao. The march started at Kisan Bhavan, proceeded through the bazaar and main roads and culminated in a meeting at the Bus Stand. Slogans on the above issues were raised during the march....

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Journalist Gauri Lankesh: Latest Bold Voice Against Sangh Assassinated In an assassination that has shocked people all over the country, journalist Gauri Lankesh has been shot dead at her home in Bengaluru by unidentified men on a bike. Gauri Lankesh was a bold and intrepid independent journalist who wrote tirelessly against communal fascists in India. The manner of her death appears to be similar to the assassinations of Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and MM Kalburgi, in which the Abhinav Bharat, a saffron terrorist outfit, had been implicated. The fact that the killers of Dabholkar, Pansare and Kalburgi are yet to be punished is a comment on the impunity which these terrorists enjoy. The rise of the BJP and the Modi regime has emboldened the forces of Sanghi terror in the country. They indulge in widespread threats of violence – and assassinations – to silence voices of dissent. Gauri Lankesh was one voice, who in spite of being convicted in a criminal defamation case by a BJP leader, had refused to be intimidated or silenced. We demand justice for Gauri Lankesh. The anger against her assassination will only strengthen the determination of democratic forces in India to keep the flame of dissent alive and shining bright. NEET Killed Anitha The suicide of Anitha, a bright Dalit woman student of Tamil Nadu, has underlined the deeply unjust and biased NEET (National...

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Protests against Dismal Flood Relief Operations in Bihar

Bihar, along with some areas in other States like Assam, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh, is severely flood-affected. The situation in Seemanchal (Bihar) is especially horrifying. According to government statistics 18 districts—Kishanganj, Arariya, Purnea, Katihar, Eastern Champaran, Western Champaran, Darbhanga, Madhubani, Muzaffarpur, Sitamarhi, Shivhar, Samastipur, Gopalganj, Saran, Supoul, Madhepura, Saharsa and Khagariya—are flood-affected, a total of 341 people are dead, and crores of people have suffered loss and destruction of property. These are government statistics; the actual figures could be much higher. The government is trying to propagate the sense that release of water by Nepal is responsible for...

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CPI (ML) condemns Undeclared Ban on Sacrifice of Camels on Bakr Id

Continuing with its anti-Muslim biases, an undeclared ban has been imposed on sacrifice of camels during Bakr Id in Jharkhand. Ex MLA Vinod Singh has informed that an oral directive has been issued by ministers and secretaries, hence several camels that were to be brought to Giridih in Jharkhand from Gujarat have been taken into custody by the police. The camels are also dying in the custody due to lack of fodder. Last year on September 10, the Madras High Court had banned the public sacrifice of camels under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, but responding to a PIL demanding the revocation of this ban, they had clarified that there was no ban on camel sacrifice. This year, the central government introduced a ban on the sale and purchase of cows, buffaloes, camel etc (not including goat or sheep) with an intention to slaughter. This was met with widespread nationwide opposition. On 31 May 2017, the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court put a stay on the government ban and thereafter the Supreme Court upheld the stay of the Madurai bench. The current seizing of the camels by the Jharkhand government has no legal basis and it is only being carried out to appease the communal fascist forces. There is need to raise voice against these autocratic moves of the government. CPI(ML) condemns this and will continue...

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Rural Workers Protest at Jindal Steel Plant in Jharkhand Hundreds of rural workers and farmers took out a protest march at village Kurse on 17 August 2017 under the banners of the All India Kisan Mahasabha and the Jharkhand Gramin Mazdoor Sabha, Bhurkunda. They marched for 4 km raising slogans on the issues of crop compensation, guarantee of villagers’ health, education, employment and safety through JSL CSR funds (5% of the profits), and minimum wages for unorganized workers. The march was stopped by the police at the Main Gate, where a protest meeting was then held in the face of the JSPL’s obstinate attitude and refusal to accept the protesters’ memorandum. Steel Plant A Havoc for Villagers’ Lives The leaders addressing the meeting said that the flow of rain water has been blocked by the OB dump, construction of compound wall, and wrongly constructed road and small culverts from the Ghorghora river at Bhandra to Kurse. This has resulted in complete destruction of the paddy crop in village Kurse, Ghorghora Tola, Bhandra, Gegda, Kusiyara, Balkudra and other villages due to the monsoon rains in 2017. Fields have been eroded and sand, mud, and stones have been deposited in fields, wells and ponds. This has caused property loss worth crores to hundreds of families and thousands of persons in this area. Many rural poor and adivasi farmers dependent on agriculture...

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Flood Victims Protests in Darbhanga

Two-Day Block Level Agitation for Flood Relief Starts from 17 August Protest was held in front of the Darbhanga District Collect to demand relief for flood victims, arrangements for boats in submerged villages, compensation for submerged crops, transparency in dam repair funds accounts, and other demands. The protest march started at the Polo Maidan, proceeded through SSP office, Laheriyaserai Tower, and culminated in a meeting in front of the District Collector’s office presided over by Hanuman Nagar Block in-charge Com. Pappu Paswan. Addressing the meeting CPI(ML) District Secretary Com. Baidyanath Yadav said that the District administration and State government merely make announcements in newspapers; on the ground they do nothing. They have failed miserably in arranging boats and polythene food packets and evacuating trapped people to safer and higher places. Ministers and MLAs merely give reassuring speeches to the public but do nothing to give relief to the people. The victims have received neither food nor shelter as relief. Com. Baidyanath Yadav further warned the District administration that if the problems of the flood victims are not resolved within the next two days, a decisive struggle will be launched in Darbhanga. AIIARLA State Vice President Com. Laxmi Paswan said that the governments in Delhi and Patna are both silent on the problems of the flood victims; they are only conducting aerial surveys. The State governments MLAs are busy looting the...

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Poor Lay Claim To Homestead Land in Nawada ‘Dakhal’ into lands, dharnas and protests were held across the State of Bihar from 9 to 15 August 2017 under the call given by the Bihar State Committee of the CPI(ML) with the slogan, ‘We shall not tolerate betrayal of people’s mandate; we shall take the land rights due to us’. Capturing bhoodan land in Lalpur (Kauwakol Block, Naw District), the landless poor put up 200 huts on the land. They had got parchas to 60 acres of bhoodan land on 17 February 1957 and 13 February 1996. Despite this these dalits and poor could not get possession of the land till now. They had appealed several times to the administration to give them possession but their demands went unheeded. In the face of administrative indifference the CPI(ML) and AIARLA decided to put up huts on this land. On 14 August 2017 hundreds of people gathered at the place and put up flags on the land after which they built 200 huts. They have also decided to do farming on this land. Women were at the forefront of the campaign to put up flags on the land and contributed hugely to the success of the movement. Addressing the meeting which followed the putting up of the flags, CPI(ML) District Secretary Com. Narendra Prasad Singh said that the State government is putting...

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Kisan Mahasabha Organizes Huge Dharna in Madhubani A huge dharna was held in front of the Madhubani Collectorate under the banner of the All India Kisan Mahasabha on 22 July 2017 to demand the re-opening of the Lohat, Sakri, Raiyam sugar mills and the Pandaul cotton mill. It was announced during the dharna that farmers and workers would launch a serial agitation on this issue. A meeting was organized at the dharna venue presided over by Kisan Mahasabha district coordinator Com. Prem Kumar Jha. Addressing the meeting, CPI (ML) district Secretary Com. Dhruv Narayan Karn said that Nitish Kumar has broken his promise of re-opening closed sugar mills and has instead sold the Raiyam sugar mill to private capitalists. A 11-point memorandum was submitted to the Collector with the following demands: re-opening of closed mills; loan waivers for farmers and workers; payment of crop insurance benefits to farmers for 2014-16; implementation of Swaminathan Commission recommendations for profitable crop purchase price; construction of a multi-purpose dam for a solution to electricity and flood problems; a Market Committee to be formed in Madhubani for sale of farmers’ crops; completion of the Western Koshi canal project; and 90% subsidy on all agricultural machinery. Prior to the Mahadharna, hundreds of farmers who had converged in Madhubani took out a rally through the main roads of the city, led by comrades Prem Kumar Jha...

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