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Illegal and arbirary arrests of Mahan Sangarsh Samiti members in Mahan, Singrauli

Mahan Sangarsh Samiti
 On april 20th at around 11:00 am,  the Essar Company officials came with around 50 police personell bringing with them JCB‘s etc and started to forcefully evict Dal Pratap Singh Gond’s family . When the women in the household protested, they ( 4 women , 3 men and an 8 month old child ) was arbitrarily and illegally detained at the Bandhaura Police station till 7 : 30 in the evening . Seetapati , the woman with the 8 month old child was not even given food and water the whole day . 
 This is the backlash of the The Public Hearing that was held in Karsualal village on the 4th and 5th of April 2017,  on the rights of the community displaced in four villages (Khairahi , Bandhaura , Karsualal and Nagwa ) .
The community members called off the dharna post the public hearing and decided to take forward their fight legally.
Meanwhile the Collector had assured us that he would hold a ” camp” there to look at each of the cases and find a solution to the issues there. He and the SDM also promised us that they would not do anything forcefully with the community and they would follow the rule of law.
Tough we had all these assurances , the company had been putting immense pressure on the community each day , bringing police with them and threatening community members .
, On april 20th at around 11:00 am,  the Essar Company officials came with around 50 police personell bringing with them JCB’s etc and started to forcefully evict Dal Pratap Singh Gond’s family . When the women in the household protested, they ( 4 women , 3 men and an 8 month old child ) was arbitrarily and illegally detained at the Bandhaura Police station till 7 : 30 in the evening . Seetapati , the woman with the 8 month old child was not even given food and water the whole day .
In the evening , 6 community members (3 women and 3 men) were taken to the SDM court and later remanded to judicial custody. Seetapati was left off after issuing multiple threats.
All this , was arbitrarily and illegally done , despite the fact that these community members have a Jabalpur HC order in their favor , clearly stating that the untill the dispute and matter is solved both sides are directed to maintain status – co . We had informed the SDM , SP and Mada Thana in charge about the court order and despite this they went ahead colluding with the Essar officials. All the community members were taken to the SDM court from the police station in the Essar Company vehicle .
As of now , the 3 men have been sent to Pachaur jail and the 3 women have been sent to the Seedhi jail .
Mahan Sangarsh Samiti will continue to fight against the gross injustice being meted out to its members and will continue to look for peaceful / legal solutions and refuse to be cowed down by such cheap tactics of the company violating rights of communities.

 

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Comment (1)

  1. K SHESHU BABU

    The illegal and arbitrary arrests of workers is deplorable. They shuld be released imnediately without harm

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