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Punjab Reacts against fascist Offensive

On 28th August, news started trickling down that houses of Gautam Navlakha in New Delhi, of Sudha Bhardwaj in Faridabad, Varavara Rao –Kranthi in Hyderabad, of Anand Teltumbde in Goa, Stan Swamy in Ranchi and of Vornon Gonsalves and Arun Faereira in Mumbai were encircled and were being searched. By noon it was clear that five of them, Gautam Navlakha, Sudha Bhardwaj, Varvara Rao, Vornon Gonsalves and Arun Fareira had been arrested. Meanwhile Central Committee of Communist Party of India (ML) ND gave a call to protest against these arrests immediately. Following this we decided to organize protests at district headquarters on 29th August itself.

On 29th August protests were held under the banner of CPI (M-L ) ND at Gurdaspur, Jalandhar, Nawan shahr and Moga. In Sangruur a protest was held by various mass organizations including AFDR, NBS, PSU and ZPSC etc. Punjab Students Union, Naujawan Bharat Sabha, Krantikari BKU and Khet Mazdoor Union held a protest March in Faridkot. Punjab Students Union and DSO protested against these arrests in Punjabi University Patiala. On 30th August , Kirti Kisan Union, PSU, NBS and Democratic Mulazim Federation protested in Muktsar. On First September Kirti Kisan Union, Pendu Mazdoor Union and Inqlabi Kendra held Protest March In Jagraon, Dist.… Read More

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Rise in Protest against Fascist Attack on Progressives and Democratic Rights Activists

In a fascist attack all across India, RSS-BJP Central Govt. has arrested a large number of civil liberties and democratic rights activists. For this nefarious anti-people attack on the democratic rights, FIR lodged after Bhima Koregaon violence has been twisted. Central Govt. and Maharashtra Govt. led by RSS-BJP has shielded those who masterminded attacks on Dalits but has launched an all out attack against progressive and democratic individuals. Police has swooped down on these intellectuals in various parts of the country on the 28th August morning, variously lodging cases under UAPA and for sedition. They were detained for hours, not allowed to meet any one.

Trade Unionist Advocate Sudha Bhardwaj, lawyers in Maharashtra who are handling the cases of other intellectuals and democratic rights activists arrested under UAPA in this FIR Arun Pareira and Vernon Gonsalves and Gautam Navlakha, a well known human rights activists and ex-Resident Editor of EPW. In Hyderabad, Varavara Rao has been arrested. These large scale arrests of democratic rights activists and trade union activists and lawyers is part of an attempt both to frighten progressive intellectuals from any dissent against communal, casteist fascist RSS-BJP Govt. at the Centre and in many states. Those who speak against anti-people and pro-imperialist policies, against attacks on democratic rights of oppressed people, struggling and revolutionary forces, against attacks on Muslims and Dalits and other oppressed sections, are being gagged, jailed and intellectuals frightened into submission.… Read More

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Protest against Repression by TRS Govt. in Telengana, Invoking of PD Act against Com. Madhu

TRS Govt. in Telengana led by KCR has launched one of the most sinister attack against the people of Telengana particularly its tribals whom it is trying to dispossess of the land which they have been cultivating for decades, particularly podu lands. TRS Govt. is also crushing  the democratic rights of the people. TRS Govt. which came to power after a broad movement of the people of Telengana who fought against what they perceived as exploitation and oppression, is suppressing the aspirations of the people of Telengana. In order to crush the people’s struggles especially those of tribal people in the agency areas, TRS Govt. is targeting leaders and cadres of CPI(ML)-New Democracy which has been leading the struggles of the tribal people for decades.

On July 3 night, state police arrested Com. Madhu, leader of the resistance movement in Godavari Valley areas in Telengana and a state leader of CPI(ML)-New Democracy from Hyderabad. He was kidnapped while he was travelling in an auto. But the police showed his arrest from Gondala forest in Kothagudem district and has foisted several false cases against him. Com. Madhu had been arrested last year July and then also 22 fake cases were foisted against him.… Read More

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Protest Against Attack on Swami Agnivesh

CPI(ML)-New Democracy strongly condemns the physical attack on Swami Agnivesh in Pakur in Jharkhand on July 17, 2018 by the hoodlums of RSS linked youth wing. Swami Agnivesh was physically assaulted by these goondas and sustained injuries due to this attack. A statement by a BJP Minister in Jharkhand leaves no doubt that this attack was carried out at the behest of RSS-BJP Govt. of Jharkhand.

This attack is part of the violent attacks being carried out by RSS through its affiliated organizations to suppress all voices of dissent. RSS is targeting all democratic personages supporting the struggles of oppressed sections including tribals, dalits and minorities.

Jharkhand Govt. has been increasingly attacking tribals, changing law relating to acquisition of land and rules of Forest Rights Act. They are dispossessing tribals of their land and means of livelihood and suppressing their struggles.

RSS aims to silence their voice and crush the struggles of these sections. RSS-BJP is increasingly exposing its anti-people and fascist character through these attacks.

CPI(ML)-New Democracy also condemns that despite two days since the attack, no arrest has been made of the attackers. The enquiry ordered by the state govt. is merely an eyewash.

CPI(ML)-New Democracy demands that a judicial enquiry by at least a sitting judge of a High Court should be conducted to find out the conspiracy behind this attack.… Read More

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Manufactured Plot part of the fascist drive

After the arrest of five persons allegedly linked to CPI (Maoist) from Mumbai, Nagpur and Delhi, Central and Maharashtra Govt. are publicizing an alleged plot to ‘kill’ Prime Minister Narenda Modi. They have claimed to find a letter outlining such a plot from the computer of Rona Wilson, a leading functionary of Committee for Release of Political Prisoners. This letter allegedly from a central leader of CPI (Maoist) covers almost all the forces ranged against RSS-BJP.

Neither the origin of this patently planted letter nor its targets are much in doubt. It tries to kill many birds with this single stone. But its special targets are the rising struggles of Dalits and the democratic rights movement in the country. Ruling elites of RSS-BJP are uncomfortable with the struggles of Dalits for economic, social and political justice, incorporated in the Preamble of the Constitution itself. This assertion for equality and against discrimination is opposed to very nature of Hindutva which is in essence Brahmannical assertion of upper caste hegemony in society. While they may tolerate a few from among the oppressed castes to be accommodated in positions of power, they just cannot tolerate struggle for social equality, totally ruled out by their Manusmriti.… Read More

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Massacre of Unarmed Demonstrators in Thoothukudi (Tuticorin)

At least 10 people were killed and more than 50 injured on 22 May 2018 as police fired on demonstrators protesting against Sterlite copper in Thoothukudi (Tuticorin) a port town in Tamilnadu. One of them was killed in a second incident of firing in the evening when protesters had gathered in another part of the town to protest against the earlier firing. Nine more were battling for life in hospital. Most had bullet marks on their face, chest or abdomen. One of them is a girl aged 17, said a doctor attached to the Tuticorin district medical office. Around 20,000 strong demonstration was being held to mark the 100th day of the current round of protest against the Sterlite Copper a unit of London based Vedanta Resources, one of the world’s largest metal and mining transnational corporations. This indefinite struggle was launched on 12th February 2018 to demand closure of the plant and refusal of permission for starting another unit of the plant. The protestors had applied for permission for the protest many days before but the District administration clamped Section 144 in the town to try to prevent the protest. This further angered the protestors who marched to the District Collectorate where the police resorted to the firing.… Read More

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Locking of Party Office and Arrest of Activists in Khammam by Police Condemned

CPI(ML)-New Democracy strongly condemns locking of the Party office by the police on May 12, 2018 in Khammam in Telengana. A meeting commemorating the martyrs of the revolutionary movement was scheduled to be held in the office. A number of activists including noted revolutionary poet and writer Varavara Rao and 25 others were arrested from the venue and the police put a lock on the gates of the Meeting Hall in the office.

CPI(ML)-New Democracy activists under the leadership of the Khammam Dist. Committee of the Party nevertheless held a meeting commemorating the martyrs of the revolutionary movement in the verandah of the office. Leaders and participants in this meeting denounced the police for locking the office and arresting the activists and termed it as an attack on the revolutionary movement and democratic rights by KCR led TRS Govt. in Telengana.  Later a procession was taken out against this undemocratic police action.

KCR Govt. has been targeting leaders and activists of CPI(ML)-New Democracy and is intensifying attacks against tribals in Telengana.

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West Bengal: Reign of Terror Unleashed by TMC Condemned

Mamata Bannerjee led Trinamool Govt. has unleashed a reign of terror to monopolize the rural local bodies in West Bengal. Nominees of the opposition parties including communist revolutionary organizations were prevented even from filing of the nomination papers resulting in the uncontested TMC ‘victory’ in over one third of the seats at different levels. (Declaration of these results has since been stayed by the Supreme Court.) The activists of opposition parties were physically prevented from reaching the venue where nomination papers were being filed. They were beaten and their papers including original documents were snatched even from the venue where nomination papers were being filed.  A number of activists of the Party could not file their nomination papers in Bankura district due to such assaults. Police colloborated with the activists of the ruling TMC while State Election Commission connived in this day light murder of election process.

Besides preventing the nominees of other parties from filing the nomination, other parties are being prevented from conducting their campaigns. Their activists are being attacked and they are not being allowed to campaign. One such rally was attacked by Trinamool goons (including an ex-MLA and a notorious Mafia) in which Hafizul Mollah was killed in Bhangar area of South 24 Pargana district of West Bengal.Read More

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Arrest of senior journalist Sh. Vinod Verma by Chhattisgarh police Condemned

Senior journalist and writer Mr. Vinod Verma was arrested by the Chhattisgarh police from his residence situated in Indirapuram in district Ghaziabad. The Police allegedly arrested him in connection with possession of a CD showing amorous acts of a Minister in Chhattisgarh’s BJP Govt. and attempting to blackmail the concerned Minister, Mr. Rajesh Munot.

Mr. Vinod Verma is a senior journalist working for last three decades and has worked with BBC and Umar Ujala. He is a member of Editors’ Guild and was a member of the fact finding team sent by Editors’ Guild that had gone to Chhattisgarh to investigate cases of intimidation of journalists in that state.

Mr. Vinod Verma had been writing about the people’s issues and has exposed the violations of human rights in Chhattisgarh including attacks on the journalists who have exposed high-handedness and atrocities by the security forces. While Mr. Verma does have in his possession the material which incriminates a Minister of Chhattisgarh state, this is no crime and his arrest in this dramatic manner shows the increasing intolerance of the RSS-BJP Govt. to the exposure of the misdeed of its leaders.

Arrest of Mr. Vinod Verma is part of the attack of RSS-BJP Govt.Read More

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Condemn Arrest of Com. Madhu and others, Demand Withdrawal of UAPA cases

Central Committee of Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) – New Democracy strongly condemns the arrest of Com. Madhu, Com. K. Prasad and Com. Y. Shantha Rao on July 26 in Mehboobabad district of Telengana. CPI (ML)-New Democracy also denounces the UAPA slapped against these comrades. Slapping of UAPA is part of attack on the tribals and other forest dwellers in Telengana.

KCR led TRS Govt. in Telengana has launched a serious criminal attack against the tribals living in forest areas of Telengana. Land which tribals have been cultivating for generations are being occupied by the forest department through police and on the direction of TRS Govt. Huts in which their families are living for decades are being demolished. Tribal women and men are being beaten, arrested and false cases foisted against them. A reign of terror is being let loose on the tribal people and other poor inhabitants of forest areas in Telengana.

Tribals are obviously resisting this blatant and cruel attack on their lands and livelihood. In this they are being supported and led by a number of organizations including CPI (ML) – New Democracy. In the areas of erstwhile districts of Warangal and Khammam, now falling under several districts, CPI (ML) – New Democracy has been supporting and leading tribal resistance to save their land and means of livelihood.… Read More