Strangers Of The Mist by Sanjoy Hazarika | uRead.com-Books | online bookstore | 9780140240528 not sure you if you will be able to buy it online, its very old book (read it when i was still in school) and present senario has flipped 180 degrees since the book was written , but it might interest you, judging by your obsession
Linga Ram Kodopi's Open Letter to Indians
Linga Ram Kodopi, a trained journalist and Soni Sori’s nephew, who is accused of having Naxal connections has been in prison since 10 September 2011. He writes an open letter to fellow Indians.
I am writing this letter in the hope that you all will do justice to the torture and injustices being inflicted upon me and my fellow Adivasis.
I have passed through three pillars of the Indian democracy—the Executive, the Judiciary and the media—I do not have hope any more that these three pillars will bring justice to me or to other Adivasis. Because, when I came back after studying journalism in Delhi and met with the administration officials and told them that I had no connection with the Naxals—I was asked to not go to Delhi and to cut off all links [with people in Delhi]. On being told this by District Collector OP Chaudhary, Bastar Division Commissioner K Srinivasalu and police officer Anshuman Sisodia, I broke off all contact with the intellectuals in Delhi. I did not know that on breaking links with Delhi, I would be charged with taking money from Essar for supporting the Naxals and sent to jail. I was brought to the Palnar weekly market on the pretext of being questioned by plainclothes policemen. I didn’t even know that Essar gives money to Naxals. The next day when I read about the ‘notes incident’ in the newspaper and saw Soni Sori and my name, I felt the ground slip beneath my feet.
After reading the newspaper in the police station in Dantewada, I wept and pleaded with the policemen that I had nothing to do with this case. Then the policemen made me sign on blank papers. In my defense, I showed them my PAN card, voter ID card, State Bank ATM card, but the police brushed them aside as forged documents from the Delhi intellectuals. I had been taken to the house of the SP to be administered electric shocks, but I was saved thanks to the affidavit from 2009.
The police even asked me: “is Soni Sori your mistress or your wife that she moved the High Court for you and got you released, and you also took her to Delhi?” Apart from that, they even said—once let us get our hands on her, and then see what we do to her. I could not even imagine that they would do all this to my aunt Soni Sori. From 2009-10, they had been trying to get Soni Sori to help me get arrested and call me back from Delhi and quit journalism, and for this they had tried to bribe her with money and contracts. But my aunt did not listen to the policemen and all this was done to her.
In 2009, I refused to become a Special Police Officer, and since then this government has been after my life. I had thought that after training in journalism, I will serve my culture and the Adivasi society—it was then that the police told the media that I was going to take up the position of Azad and gave me a bad name. One always gets criticised in journalism—thinking this I returned to my village in order to lead an ordinary life. It was then that I was created into a Maoist supporter, and an international terrorist and a traitor. And when various intellectuals and social activists in the country are being called terrorists, then whose support can we count on and who will bring us justice?
In the injustices that are being perpetrated against Adivasis, the judiciary and the media are equal partners. For four months in the Dantewada jail, I had to live on a half-empty stomach. Not only me but all prisoners were subjected to ill-treatment there. If anyone objected, he was stripped and beaten. When I complained before the Judge, he said: “What can I do?” In the Dantewada court the judges only take the administration and the police’s side. It is because of this that the Adivasi women are detained for three months on charges of being Naxals, forced into prostitution and sent to jail. After some months these women even deliver their babies in jail. In such a situation, who will give us justice?
In jail, everyone lives in fear. Women cannot talk openly of their situation. Just like Sikhs were killed in the name of terrorism, I feel that Adivasis are being targeted in the name of Naxalism. I too was targeted. I opposed a few things and argued with the judge, and so I was moved to the Jagdalpur jail. The next day, when I was presented before the lower officials of the jail, they said: “Why did you bring this boy to the jail, you should have shot him in the middle of the road”. When the jail authorities treat us with so much hatred, then how much will the ordinary people hate us when we get out of the jail? Even the Judge looks at us with hatred.
I do not want to pick up arms, then why am I being pressurised? One should try to avoid war. When the intellectuals of the country come forward to stop this war and spread the message of love amongst the Adivasis, they get charged under the Public Security Act (PSA). The Chhattisgarh government hates me and the Adivasis. The government has vowed to label me a Naxal and kill me. So much was done to my aunt only because she supported me. Today my sister comes alone to meet me in jail. I don’t know what will happen to her. I have lost my aunt – our lives are destroyed anyways. I cannot see others being sacrificed because of me. Perhaps this torture will end with my death. I do not want to kill anyone for my self-defense and the government is compelling me to take up arms. The police had vowed to torture my aunt, and they did. They have taken a vow to kill me in a Naxal uniform. They can kill me as soon as I get out of jail. I do not want to die labeled as a Naxal, nor do I want to pick up arms to live.
Hence, I pray to all the intellectuals of the country to please get me killed within the jail itself. In any case, people only hate us Adivasis that is why we are being killed one-by-one. I will be also counted as one among them. Had I belonged to this country, the police would have accepted my identification cards. Probably, I do not belong to this country at all. That is why Adivasis get murdered. I cannot meet any of the intellectuals, if I go to anyone’s house, then they too will get charged under the PSA. The very right of living in this country has been snatched from me. I curse myself today – when the Chhattisgarh police had defamed me and accused me of being a Maoist spokesperson, I should have committed suicide. I would not have lived to see this day.
There is no hope of getting justice either. In Jadgalpur jail there are people who have been here for seven-to-eight years on charges of being Naxals and no hearing has taken place yet. For some, no proceeding has taken place at all. I have lost faith in everything. If there is one hope, it is in the Supreme Court, but it takes 2-3 years to reach the Supreme Court. Justice delayed is also an injustice.
Even in jail, there is harassment. The chargesheet was given only after six months, and till today there is no evidence. Those who can pay money are released. We are poor, we don’t have the money, so we have to bear imprisonment. Whoever has money has the support of the judiciary, legislature, executive and media. We Adivasis have nothing besides our jal, jangal, zameen (water, forests and land). The national media observes the administration and the oppressed in an unbiased way and saves our lives. The Chhattisgarh media takes the side of the administration and spreads hatred for Adivasis among the people. When Chhattisgarh state was created, it was said that the Adivasis are being protected. This did not turn out to be true. Their purpose was to the stop the intellectuals from other states to enter Chhattisgarh using the PSA and to kill Adivasis. The Adivasis don’t even know about the judiciary, executive, legislature, media. I have some information and so, I am in jail. The Chhattisgarh police has declared Swami Agnivesh, Himanshu Kumar, Medha Patkar, Arundhati Roy and others as traitors, then who is a citizen of this country?
The Chhattisgarh government doesn’t approve of the clothes I wear and the fact that I want to change myself. It doesn’t approve of me talking about the journalism courses I was pursuing. Whoever stays with me or supports me is worthy of punishment in the view of the government. I wanted to capture the culture of the Adivasis in the camera; but I was sent to jail before I could do it and I can see the injustices being meted out to other Adivasis. Where politics should have been for the benefit of the common man, there the common man is dying. The Adivasis don’t even have an elected representative who could raise these issues in the legislative assembly; the ones we have, have already sold themselves for money. No justice can be expected from them. If I had the capacity to confer honors on anyone, then for the injustices being meted out to me, my aunt and to other Adivasis, I would have honored the Chhattisgarh government. I do not want to criticise anyone, but the injustices are compelling me to criticize.
The film Avatar is similar to the atrocities carried out in the Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh state. Seeing this injustice, one feels that humanity is dead in the country and all human societies will soon come to an end. The same Adivasis who have lived in this country since the beginning – their very existence is in danger. Even Lal Krishna Advani has said that the government in Chhattisgarh is a BJP government – I can send in the army whenever I want and kill Naxals, i.e. the Adivasis. The truth is that several states in the country have Naxals, but these governments only declare those states as Naxal states where they find Adivasis.
I am an independent journalist, but my independence has been taken away in jail. Maybe the injustices against Adivasis will increase because of this letter. Anything can happen to me for writing this letter. I want that I should be shot as soon as possible, or hung till dead, so that I can meet the maker of the human race and ask why we Adivasis were not granted the right to live on this earth along with nature. I had read in a religious book that there is a god in every human; but I am now tired of asking humans for justice. The government has littered my life with so many thorns that perhaps it is not possible any more for me to walk on these thorns. I have begun to think that there can be no better house for me in this world than the crematorium. Himanshu sir, had once said that it is easier to die, and difficult to live. I have nothing but my tears and my will power to live is also receding. I pray to all the intellectuals of this country that they should grant me death as soon as possible.
Whatever criticism, analyses I do of the injustice happening to all of us is inadequate – I do not even have the vocabulary to write everything. Please present this letter amongst people and free me from this life at the earliest. If I remain in this jail for too long, I will go mad thinking about the four pillars of this country. Having adopted truth and non-violence, I have lost a lot of my things. I am under observation in this jail as a hardcore Naxal. Why has so much happened to me? Will the unity and integrity of this nation be destroyed I walk on the path of truth and non-violence? Or is this path wrong? Gandhiji’s photo and sayings are exhibited everywhere, but why does no one follow them?
Linga Ram Kodpi
Linga Kodopi is a tribal journalist, he is in jail now for raising his voice against state brutalities as shown in the video below:
Naxalite Maoist India: Linga Ram Kodopi's Open Letter to Indians
Last edited by PlanetSoldier; 06-29-2012 at 12:57 AM.
On June 29 CRPF killed 20/26 civilian in Chhattisgarh and reported them as alleged Naxals. The following report describes the incident:
CRPF jawans kill 20 Naxals in Chhattisgarh encounter | Firstpost
Now reports are coming one after one claiming none of those 20 were Maoists, that CRPF ba$tard killed innocent and reported them as Naxals:
Day after encounter, villagers say no Maoist among those killed
On Saturday, over 40 hours after the “biggest encounter” involving security forces and Maoists in Chhattisgarh, bodies of 19 alleged “hardcore Maoists and Jan Militia members” lay outside their huts in the three villages of Sarkeguda, Kottaguda and Rajpenta in Bijapur.
Villagers alleged no government official had spoken to them or visited their homes, and no autopsies had been carried out on the bodies.
Several bodies appeared to have been brutalised. This correspondent saw deep, hacking cuts, apparently made by axes, on some chests and foreheads. A senior CRPF officer rejected the possibility that the wounds might have been inflicted by security forces. “Our forces have never done such things and will never do this,” the officer said.
Bijapur superintendent of police Prashant Agarwal said, “Proper post mortem was conducted in Basaguda thana. A team of doctors visited the thana and a report will be prepared.”
Policemen at the thana — where the bodies were kept for about 12 hours before being handed to the families — were unable to say when the post mortem happened. No stitches or other tell-tale marks of an autopsy were visible on the bodies that this correspondent saw in the villages.
At Sarkeguda, the spot deep in the Dandakaranya jungles 520 km south of Raipur where the encounter happened, the stench was overpowering. A rotting pig lay nearby, a bullet in its jaw and two in the torso.
Late in the afternoon, one by one, the villagers began to cremate the bodies.
Yesterday, Home Minister P Chidambaram said three important Maoist leaders, Mahesh, Nagesh and Somulu, had been killed in the encounter.
There is no Mahesh in the official list of those killed. There are two Nageshes.
Kaka Nagesh, also called Rahul, was a 17-year-old student of Class 10. His aunt Kamla pointed out his disfigured body. “After shooting at him, the forces took up an axe,” she alleged.
The other Nagesh, Madkam Nagesh, was a 32-year-old professional dholak player who was called in to play during festivals, villagers said. He had two young children, and his wife Madkam Shammi is pregnant with their third child.
“When did you ever hear of a Maoist who plays the dholak? Naxali hota to dholak bajaane shaadi mein jaata?” Nagesh’s sister Sushila asked.
Irpa Somulu was a marginal farmer who often visited neighbouring Andhra Pradesh for work as a labourer. Somulu and Korsa Bijje (alias Bichham) are the only two people that the Chhattisgarh Police described as Naxals in their assessment sheet, even though they said “six (of those killed) were hardcore Naxals and other hardcore Jan Militia”.
Korsa Bijje was an 18-year-old orphan who lived with an uncle.
None of those killed in the encounter had any criminal record at Barsaguda police station, in whose jurisdiction the three villages fall. Policemen at the station said they knew nothing about their being Naxalites. SP Prashant Agarwal said, “They have cases in other thanas. Their record is being prepared.”
So, how were they established as Maoists?
Both ADG (Naxal) Ramniwas and CRPF IG (Ops) Pankaj Kumar Singh said villagers had identified the bodies in the morning at Basaguda thana and informed the police that they were Naxals. All the villagers with whom The Sunday Express spoke denied this.
“When did I say my father was a Naxal? To whom did I say this? When did anyone say this? On the contrary, we have repeatedly told the police we are not Naxals, and our relatives are not Naxals either,” said Mahesh Irpa, son of Irpa Dharmaiyya.
All the alleged “hardcore Maoists” seemed to have been living with their families in the three villages. The thana is virtually next door, and a large CRPF camp stands only three kilometres away. One of the deceased was a 12-year girl; five were boys aged around 18. The CoBRA team alleged faced “heavy firing” from them for three hours — but could recover only one bharmar (countrymade gun) along with the 19 bodies.
Some villagers suggested that the patrolling forces may have mistaken a routine village meeting at which two “uniformed boys” were present, to be a Maoist gathering.
“We were sitting together around 11 pm on Thursday when suddenly the forces surrounded us and began firing. I threw myself flat on the ground and was somehow not hit,” eyewitness Madkam Rama said. “Pehle goli chalaayi, fir unhone kulhaadi maari (they fired, and then hacked with axes),” he added.
Said Vella Ram, “Yes, there were two boys who were in uniform, but they were not Naxals. And there was certainly no firing by the villagers. Still, if they had any doubt, they should have questioned us instead of firing.”
While CRPF IG (Ops) Pankaj Kumar Singh yesterday conceded that “a few villagers could have been killed”, personnel in the area said it was unusual for villagers to meet that late in the night.
But villagers said they did so quite often.
A Maoist leader active in the area told The Sunday Express that none of those killed was a Naxal. “If they (security forces) killed 21 Naxals in one encounter, do you think we would not be able to kill at least some of them? Have they ever killed so many of us in one go?” asked Sandeep, who identified himself as the commander of the Basaguda Area Committee of the CPI (Maoist).
Day after encounter, villagers say no Maoist among those killed - Indian Express
If really innocent were killed, hope good days are ahead for Naxals.
Another report on same assertion that killed people were not Maoists:
Chhattisgarh Maoist Op: A tragic CRPF mess-up?
by FP Staff Jul 2, 2012
Activists have questioned the authenticity of one of the most successful operations by security forces in Chhattisgarh in which 20 alleged Maoists were killed, claiming that innocent civilians were also killed. The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has reportedly ordered an internal probe into the incident.
Activists have claimed that innocent civilians were caught in the operation. AFP
On the night of 28 June, security forces had surrounded and attacked the Sarkegunda area in the Bijapur district in Chhattisgarh that is reported to be a “liberated” Maoist zone between Jagargunda and Basaguda in Dantewada district. Officials had said six CRPF men, including two commandos, had sustained bullet injuries.
However, the Congress party in Chhattisgarh has claimed that the operation was based on incorrect information and most of those killed in the incident were civilians and not Maoists.
“They (villagers) said no Maoists were present. Children have died, school students have died, women have died. How can they all be Naxalites?” Kowasi Lakma, a Congress MLA who headed a team that visited the site was quoted as saying by The Hindu. However, he was unable to explain how some security personnel had sustained injuries during the incident.
Social activist Swami Agnivesh has claimed that the villagers were meeting after being called by Maoists to discuss a land dispute. However, when security forces approached, the Maoists opened fire and managed to escape while the security forces ended up shooting and killing innocent civilians, he was quoted as saying in another Hindu report.
The Union Home Ministry, had called for a detailed report on the incident from the CRPF and the state government and now the CRPF has also instituted an inquiry into the incident according to the Indian Express.
CRPF director general K Vijay Kumar said Maoists had conducted multiple meetings in the area in the past where the incident took place and said that the security personnel had collected sufficient information about the location before the operation.
How many civilians and Maoists were killed in the operation is still not certain but according to an Indian Express report, two of the people killed in the encounter were 15-year-olds studying in a nearby school.
15-year-old Kaka Nagesh and Madkam Ramvilas were among those killed in the incident, with the former reportedly being described as a Maoist leader and his body also bore cut marks made by an axe.
“You talk to any teacher, they were among the brightest in our school, always scored first class,” Sandeep Irpa, one of their classmates was quoted as saying.
They have just no raison d'etre to be in our Dharmic lands. No one wants them here and they don't belong to this land or to our people.
Living here as freebooters for hundreds of years and then claiming what they did has made sure we owe them nothing, not even by way of human compassion.
Our own people of whatever religion have every right to this land, these freebooters who imagine themselves to be (or are) from outside the lands need to be kicked out. Firmly.
These primitives still obsess with our country, our people, our lands. Every pathetic post about "Indian Hindus", North East and so on when these Razakaars have no business being here in the first place.
Shekhchilli like dreams is the only escape of these stateless Razakaars. To escape the brutal reality that they are nowhere wanted.
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