Tag: Vedanta

Mining

Tribal leader Haribandhu Kadraka arrested on false charges for opposing Vedanta’s mining project

(New Democracy News)

A strong opponent of Vedanta’s mining of Niyamgiri hills, tribal leader of Rayagada district and Muniguda block president of Lok Sangram Manch (LSM) Com. Haribandhu Kadraka was arrested on 19th October on trumped up charges. This arrest is part of a sinister design to remove and intimidate opponents of mining in Niyamgiri to favour Vedanta. Naveen Patnaik, whose govt. had openly backed this project and has been the main promoter of illegal mining in Odisha as demonstrated by MB Shah Commission report and now bolstered by another supporter of Vedanta, Narendra Modi in power at the Centre, is out to crush the movement against illegal mining.

On 19th October Com. Haribandhu Kadraka was called by inspector-in-charge of local police station that the SP wants to meet him. After reaching the police station in the afternoon he was told that SP is waiting at the nearby Bissum Cuttack police station and pursued him to go there. Haribandhu after reaching Bissum Cuttack did not find the SP there but was forced to board in a bolero by armed police present there and subsequently he was taken to the district police headquarters at Rayagada. There he was leveled false allegations and the SP, SDPO and other police officers present there abused him in filthy language.… Read More

CPI-ML Mining

Thundering ‘No’ to Vedanta’s proposed bauxite mining in all the Gramasabhas of Niyamagiri

The tribal people of Niyamagiri has once again won a crucial battle against the multinational mining giant Vedanta by unanimously rejecting its proposed mining plan in Niyamagiri. From Serakapadi to Jarapa all the twelve Gramasabhas (Pallisabha in Odisha) have not only vehemently opposed mining but also unanimously made their claim over all the hills and forests of entire Niyamagiri as their habitat and also their only source of live and livelihood. These historical pallisabhas were held after the supreme court on the basis of FRAct-2008 and PESAct on 18th April 2013 ordered the state Govt. to conduct pallisabhas among the villages going to be effected by the proposed mining. The Supreme court’s mandate was to settle the individual, community and religious-cultural rights of local tribals and other traditional forest dwellers staying in Niyamagiri and to decide whether the religious rights of the tribal people is going to be effected by the proposed mining in Niyama Dangar, one of the mountain in the Niyamagiri hill range. To make these pallisabhas transparent and fair, the Supreme court even ordered to depute a district judge as an observer and to vedeograph the whole proceedings.

From July 18th to August 19th, the monsoon of 2013 will go down in the history of India for hosting the country’s first of its kind of referendum on mining.… Read More