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Press Release – Valentine’s Day – Greenpeace Activists Expose Moily and Essar love affair

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Greenpeace Activists Embarrass Moily and Essar; Expose their love affair

New Delhi | 14 February 2013| Today, on Valentine’s Day, as the environment minister Veerappa Moily hobnobbed with head honchos of leading companies including Essar oil and Essar Foundation, Greenpeace India staged a peaceful protest at the National convention organised by UN Global Compact Network at Hotel ITC Maurya Sheraton in New Delhi. Dressed in tiger suits, the activists held placards that said ‘Essar loves Moily, Axes Forests’.
The protest comes two days after the MoEF granted Stage II forest clearance to Mahan coal block. Since his appointment late last year, the minister, who also holds the petroleum and natural gas portfolio has been blatantly granting clearances to big ticket projects with no regard to the impact they would have on the environment or on communities that stand to lose their livelihoods.

Expressing anguish over the Mahan coal bock clearance, Greenpeace campaigner Arpana Udupa said, “We are here because we do not accept Mr. Moily’s speedy clearances, which bow down to demands of corporates like Essar. Granting stage II clearance to Mahan coal block is a blatant violation of the Forest Rights Act and we will continue to stand with the people whose livelihoods would be ruined by this project, to defend their rights”.

The in-principal Stage I clearance was granted to Mahan coal block in 2012 with 36 conditions, which included implementation of Forest Rights Act (FRA). This involved holding free and fair gram sabhas in villages that would then decide on whether they want a mine or not. In March 2013, a special gram sabha on FRA was conducted in Amelia village in Mahan region, which villagers say was, fraudulent. Though 184 people attended the gram sabha, the resolution has 1,125, signatures – villagers fear that most of them have been forged. Seven of the signatories have been dead for three years. In June last year, Union Minister of Tribal Affairs, Mr K.C. Deo, had written to the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh regarding the FRA violations in Mahan, but his protest has been conveniently ignored.  Even Moily’s predecessors Jairam Ramesh1 and Jayanthi Natrajan2 had opposed the clearance given to Mahan coal block.

On January 22, Greenpeace activists draped Essar’s 21-storey building with a banner that announced to the world how Essar’s activities threaten forests. Not only was Greenpeace slapped with a Rs 500 crore defamation suit, Essar also moved an injunction in Mumbai High Court demanding that Greenpeace should stop demanding Veerappa Moily’s resignation from all its communication. The latter plea was thankfully rejected by the court. Does this indicate a love affair between the minister and Essar?

Moily’s romance with Essar dates back to his days in the Law and Corporate Affairs ministries. Late last year Moily slammed bureaucrats for recommending termination of the inordinately delayed Essar Oil’s Ratna oilfields contract and transferring it to state run ONGC. He refused to act against Essar with the argument that it would damage investor sentiment.  Moily’s reluctance to properly investigate Essar’s relationship with Loop telecom during his stint at the Corporate Affairs ministry is another example of this soft corner for them. Essar has been charged by CBI for using Loop Telecom as its front company to garner precious 2G spectrum by circumventing law.

“The flavour of the season is the love affair currently going on between Mr Moily and Essar. It is evident in the fact that Essar announced granting of stage II clearance even before the announcement was made by the Ministry of Forest and Environment. The company has also been trying to protect its Valentine – Mr Moily, seeking an injunction to prevent Greenpeace from asking for Mr. Moily’s resignation,” says Udupa.

In an open letter to Moily last month, Greenpace had demanded his resignation. Earlier this month, over 200 members of environmental organisations and rights groups wrote to the prime minister, asking him to sack Moily as his actions go against the mandate of the environment ministry.
Greenpeace demands that the minister should roll back Mahan’s stage II clearance with immediate effect or resign. “Mr Moily is unshamedly ignoring his duty to protect the environment or the forest dwellers with an eye on the coming elections. Therefore, he is unfit to hold the position in the ministry and he should immediately resign. If Mr Moily and his government continue with their blind love for corporates like Essar, then they should get prepared to taste the ire of the people of this country in the coming elections,” says Udupa.

Attachments:

  1. Jairam Ramesh’s letter on Mahan where he clearly gives reason why Mahan should not be cleared

  2. Mahan Fact Sheet  where Jayanthi mentions that the only reason she is given stage 1 to Mahan is because of the investments in Mahan. This is under question after the SC’s observation that huge investments could not be a ground for not scrapping the license.


  3. Jayanthi’s observation- “Signing off on the green nod, Environment and Forests Minister Jayanthi Natarajan wrote, “Despite reservations against the diversion of the dense forest land expressed strongly by the MoEF at the GoM, and the fact that the entire civil work and construction of the plant is already complete after procurement of environmental clearance — and resulting inter alia in huge exposure to nationalised banks — Forest Clearance may be granted to the Mahan Coal block.”

For further details contact:

ArpanaUdupa Campaigner, Greenpeace India; 09535152000; [email protected]

Anindita Datta Choudhury: Sr Media Officer, Greenpeace India; 09871515804; [email protected]

Jitendra Kumar: Media Consultant, Greenpeace India; 9868167337; [email protected]

 

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Open letter to all Speakers at #THiNK2013, Goa, actually the #STiNK2013

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Dear Speaker 
We understand that you are scheduled to speak at the ‘Think ‘13 Festival’ being organized by Tehelka at the Grand Hyatt, Bambolim, Goa from 8th to 10th November 2013.
 
We bring to your kind attention the following brief facts regarding the said event:
 
  1. Most of the sponsors are alleged to be involved in major illegal activities such as illegal mining scams, telecom scam, Radiatapes, Sponsorship of Salwa Judum, environmental destruction and displacement of indigenous communities.
  2. The organizer of the event is collaborating with the illegal acts of these corporations. The refusal to expose illegal mining in Goa, in spite of having a story researched by one of their own journalists much before it became Public knowledge, amounts to covering up the illegal mining and allowing the wanton destruction (done by the same corporations who are sponsoring the event now).
  3. The venue is a construction in violation of CRZ laws.
  4. The event is for the very rich only, as is evident from the entry charges.
 
It is very clear that holding this event is only an attempt to create a clean image for the same corporations who are alleged to be involved in massive scams, environmental destruction and displacement of indigenous communities.
 
We therefore request you to kindly boycott the event, or, announce your disapproval of, or, non-association with, the tainted corporations and their anti-people acts.
 
Thanking you,
Members of the Goan Society, including John Fernandes, Benaulim; Zarina Da Cunha, Nuvem; Abhijit Prabhudesai, Curtorim; Sidharth Karapurkar, Navelim; Rony Dias, Cuncolim; Fr. Victor Ferrao, Rachol; Cassian Furtado, Varca and many others

 

 

 

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#India – Tehelka’s #THiNK2013 – The Unbearable Stench of Blood Money is #STiNK2013 #mustread

 

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STiNK2013 – The Unbearable Stench of Blood Money

 

When the fourth estate is peddled like real estate, when journalism and dirty business collude, and when Orwellian ‘doublethink’ becomes the way of the scribes; we can unhesitatingly conclude that the so-called fourth pillar of democracy has been reduced to smithereens, much like the other three pillars.

 

Since its first edition in 2011, the Tehelka ThinkFest has been seen as a severe blow to the codes of journalism. The first ThinkFest featured the benevolence of the most controversial names in the business world that year, Essar and Tata Steel, both corporations stuck neck deep in a quagmire of accusations, from being involved in mining scams, telecom scams, sponsorship of the Salwa Judum, Radiagate, environmental violations, illegal land grab, forced displacement and several other crimes. But it was no surprise as Tarun Tejpal, the top gun at Tehelka, had earlier been seen that year at the Jaipur Literature Festival defending the event’s sponsorship by criminal corporations like Shell and Rio Tinto; he had essentially argued for his own case. That Tehelka was not the going to organise seminars on rural issues in Jamia Milia auditoriums anymore. That they would now openly solicit endorsements from the very corporations they had exposed in their publications.

 

Shoma Chaudhury, the Managing Editor of Tehelka, in an interview defended Tehelka’s decision to rake in blood money, saying it was to tell stories of the poor. Since 2012, aside from its problematic coverage of Soni Sori and Lingaram Kodopi’s cases, the publication seems to have cautiously veered from reporting any scams about Essar and other sponsors.  Even prior to the ThinkFest, the publication was totally mum on the 2010 medieval-era styled pillaging of villages in Odisha’s Kalinga Nagar, where Adivasi communities have been fighting Tata Steel with their lives. In the same NYTimes interview, Shoma mentions how Tehelka refused money from Vedanta, but many might be aware of how Tehelka had once carried a Vedanta press release in the guise of an article glorifying Vedanta’s CSR activities in Lanjigarh & Niyamgiri, attributing it to a reporter who personally claimed that he had not written it.

 

This year, the Think Fest has amongst its sponsors even more infamous corporations like the Narendra Modi-backed Adani group, land grabbers like DLF and late liquor baron Ponty Chaddha’s Wave. The Adani group is widely known for its illegal land grab for its illegal SEZ and port in Mundra, all facilitated by the Gujrat Govt. It is India’s largest coal importer, biggest private port operator and biggest thermal power producer (read one of India’s biggest polluter). The Modi government has allegedly alloted land to Adani at the rate of Re.1/- per sqm, at least a thousand times less than the market rates. In fact, a CAG report highlights that Adani gained more than Rs.70 crore when the Gujarat government-owned GPSC sold natural gas to it at rates much lower than what it had bought from the open market. Another CAG report says that Adani Power owed at least Rs. 240 cr as a fine to the Gujarat Govt but was officially fined a little more than Rs.79 cr.

 

After destroying more than a thousand hectares of coastal mangroves and being slapped with a Rs. 200 crore fine, Adani needs all the goodwill that events like ThinkFest can garner for it. After all, it is India’s most indebted company with a debt bill of at least Rs. 65,000 cr while its revenues stand at Rs. 47,000 cr.

 

The rise of Adani is closely linked to the rise of Narendra Modi in the post-riot situation. Modi needed big business to support him and Adani fulfilled that role. In return Adani was given a free run to devastate nature and society and rise from a mere Rs.3,300 cr company to a Rs. 47,000 cr company within a decade. With Modi’s blessings Adani has grown rapidly and made inroads across the nation and world. While its proposed coalfields in Australia are going to be one of the single largest producer of greenhouse gases, in Odisha, the company’s goons have been seen orchestrating attacks on activists like Prafulla Samantara, who are opposing the massive proposed coalfields in Angul. The infamous Tata port at Dhamra, which is devastating Olive Ridley nesting grounds, is slated to be taken over by Adani soon.

 

While one could get stuck on Adani, there’s a long list of logos that make up ThinkFest’s Patrons that need to be talked about. Essar, for instance, continues to be one of the chief patrons of the event. If this video from the first fest is anything to go by, Neena Tejpal herself admits that Essar and Tehelka essentially share the same values, at a time when the memory of Essar’s role in the telecom scam, in supporting the Salwa Judum, its illegal diversion of water from river Mahanadi and land grab in Jagatsingpur for a steel factory where displaced people are protesting, was fresh in our minds. Essar’s relationship with Modi, of course, reads out like a jaded Bollywood love story– with Shasi Ruia accompanying Namo on foreign tours to Switzerland and South Korea, making promises of undying investment at Vibrant Gujarat summits, falling out in the face of 8000 crore sales tax dues, being caught in a compromising position by the CAG and eventually making up.

 

Also on the red carpet of sponsors are JSW Steel, pulled up by both the Lokayukta and the CBI in connection with the Karnataka mining scam, causing a windfall Rs. 890 crore loss to the exchequer in resources, just as JSW wired a hefty thank-you in the form Rs 20 crore donation to Yedyurappa’s son’s trust for turning a blind eye to its excesses.

 

Iconic scammers DLF, whose large-scale land-grabbing stunts have even found mention in Tehelka, are presenting the John Pilger session, if only to add to the irony that the ThinkFest is the perfect example of the industrial-military-media complex that Pilger always endeavored to expose.

 

A session with Medha Patkar (quite a feat to get her to endorse an event sponsored by Coca Cola), Bianca Jagger and a former Maoist revolutionary is being presented by a defense equipment manufacturer, Pipavav, just as disarmament activist Binalakshmi Nepram is also a speaker at the event. Pipavav has just been awarded a 920 crore contract to build warships for the Indian coast guard.

 

Other sponsors include chronic polluters and cartelists United Phosphorous, who slapped a 25 crore defamation lawsuit against activist Rohit Prajapati for exposing pollution at their VAPI plant. United Phosphorous also leads the race in Mumbai’s garbage scam to process the city’s waste in its Deonar dump for a whopping cost of Rs. 26,000 crore, and displace those amongst its poorest who make their living from garbage.  To stir up some local angst, Goan mining companies also feature on the list of sponsors.

 

If that wasn’t enough to fill one up with disgust, the line-up of speakers is no less. Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda, BJD MP often seen on TV defending Naveen Patnaik’s corporate resource grabbing, a high-flying mining and cable TV baron, is being heralded as “The Golden Boy…clearly a doer, a technocrat eager to set an example of good governance and efficiency”. This “‘accidental politician’ irritated by the inefficiencies of the country still beset by many of the problems of the ‘licence raj’” is no less than an Adani. His mining company, IMFA, availed of loan waiver from the amounting to over Rs. 2000 crore from the Naveen Patnaik government in 2007.

 

Then again, Panda hasn’t had a fraction of the good times that Vijay Mallaya has gotten away with. And yet here is, presented by Tehelka as ‘the Maverick Mogul’, his achievements listed as “bringing back to the country the sword of Tipu Sultan, Mahatma Gandhi’s eyeglasses” and “an annual calendar shoot with stunning models” (not necessarily in that order, but well, “it says as much about Mallya as the balance sheets do.”)

 

THiNK is a celebration where people like Nandan Nikelani, Vijay Mallya and Jay Panda will be promoted endlessly to the point that all their past misdeeds are pushed out of our consciousness into oblivion.

 

While a few names like Medha Patkar, Bianca Jagger and John Pilger on the guest list might make  Think seem like an honorable seminar to attend, just a little digging exposes it as a vulgar celebration of dirty blood money appropriating a journalistic organisation that was, until now, seen as a torchbearer of truth and progressive values.

 

It is understandable that there is no outcry from the general public, who might buy the general rhetoric of the sponsored bottomline. But for those in the know, those who’ve seen the truth behind the logos, who’ve resisted it in their own capacities, and who have yet chosen to actively engage with or ignore the goings-on on this rotten stage, it raises uncomfortable questions.

 

It signals an era where even vociferous dissenters believe that struggles cannot exist unless legitimised by the media, just as the avenues of getting an uncomfortable story covered are rapidly shrinking in the face of media corporatisation. It makes even the socially defiant among us afraid to call out this mainstream masquerade and risk the chance of never being invited to the ball.

As it trivialises and capitalises on the very pillars that it stands on, ThinkFest forces us all to do a double-think on what kind of inconvenient truths and truth-tellers we can live with, as the lines blur.

 

 

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Chhattisgarh HC issues notice to Tata, Essar

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Published: August 11, 2013 ,

Suvojit Bagchi,the Hindu

 

July has been a bitter month for the mining tycoons of the country. In the first week, CBI had pulled up chief of JSPL, Naveen Jindal, who allegedly “misrepresented” facts in coal block allocation scam, while Dongria Kondhs came together to obstruct mega project of Vedanta Alumina in southern Orissa.

Towards the end of the month, Chhattisgarh High Court issued notices to two mining giants – Tata and Essar Steel – along with several government departments responding to a seven-year-old PIL.

Memorandum of understanding (MoU) to set up two massive steel plants in south Chhattisgarh was finalised in 2005. Soon after, Chhattisgarh government allotted 2500 hectares of iron ore-bearing land to Tata Steel in Bailadila hills, for a 5.5 MT plant and another set of seven iron ore-bearing hills for 3.2 MT Dantewada plant of Essar.

Nearly thousand-page document, first filed in 2006 by an activist-lawyer, Sudiep Shrivastava, illustrates violation of several laws to allot iron ore mines to Tata and Essar. One of the main objections was about the violation of Mines and Minerals Act, 1957. According to the Act, the state government cannot commit particular mines in advance. However, the MoU said, upon receiving the application, the government “would immediately” recommend “allotment of mining lease in favour of Tata Steel for Bailadila” and “Rowghat deposit.” In fact, the deposits were not readily available, as those were held by Chhattisgarh Mining Development Corporation (CMDC). Soon after signing the MoU, the state government had taken away the mines from CMDC and awarded to Tata Steel.

Similarly, when the MoU was signed with Essar, separate deposits were not available with the state government but with National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC). In June, 2006, the government terminated the mining lease with NMDC to allot mines to Essar. Besides challenging such arbitrary decisions, the PIL objected to governments’ “unconditional undertaking” to facilitate supply of other costly minerals like limestone and dolomite in violation of the Act.

Secondly, the land acquired for the plant in a Scheduled Area, has been allotted in complete violation of PESA, without consulting “respective gram sabhas.” It has also claimed that by acquiring land “prior to grant of environmental clearance (EC)” the companies got away by paying a compensation of “50 thousand to 1 lakh,” whereas had it been acquired after the EC then the compensation would have been “six to 10 lakh per acre.” Moreover, the amount of water committed to the companies, 60 million gallons per day, will “adversely” affect the tribal people “in the down stream” of Indrawati, the PIL observed.

Thirdly, Chhattisgarh and central government developed an elaborate plan to link mines of south Bastar to production units and markets by constructing railway network connecting Dalli Rajhara, Rowghat and Jagdalpur. However, the cost of connecting “the raw material with the market” will be borne by the taxpayer. “Shockingly none of the private parties (Tata and Essar) were asked to contribute any money for construction of this crucial rail link…SAIL and NMDC would have to invest money” to ramp up profit of their rivals, the PIL concluded. Moreover, while the State listed the facilities and the resources it would provide, the companies have not made any clear cut commitment.

The petition was rejected in 2006. The court observed that the apprehensions of the petitioner were “premature” compelling Mr. Shrivastava to move to Supreme Court. In January 2013, the Supreme Court asked him to raise the issues again before the High Court. Finally, the PIL was admitted and notices were issued.

Both the companies, Tata and Essar, refused to comment about the PIL. However, Tata Steel has acknowledged that “notices have been issued by the High Court.” “The matter is sub-judice. Therefore, we would not provide any further comment,” said Prabhat Sharma, chief of Corporate Affairs & Communications.

Essar has not received any “communication on the issue,” till date. The spokesperson said, “Focus of Essar Steel to ramp up capacity of the steel plant” remains unchanged. “We keep looking at the growth opportunities and continue to remain engaged with the project,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

Mr. Shrivastava sounded happy on phone, when he said that the court has “allotted eight weeks to the companies and the departments to file a reply.”

 

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Threats don’t deter the people of Mahan to fight the Coal mafia

by Gopika Nangia – July 30, 2013 

Essar coal plant

The Mahan forest that is spread over 1182.35  hectares, and that close to 60 villages are dependent on, will be largely destroyed due to allocation of various coal blocks within the forest. In Amelia village if you swivel your head, you will see the Mahan forest that covers the hills on three sides, and the Essar thermal power plant on the fourth.

The Essar plant is not operational yet- the coal to power it being unavailable thus far. A coal block   has been allotted to Mahan Coal Ltd. which is a joint venture of Hindalco and Essar. The coal from this mine will be used for the Hindalco Aluminum Plant and the Essar Thermal Power Plant. This, however, is not the only coal block being allocated in the forest.

Apart from destroying large portions of the Mahan forest, the operation of these mines will lead to vast displacement. Mr Chouhan, the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, however, felt that the region was suffering adversely because the slow clearance process. He decided to sit on a hunger strike on Feburary 2011 for (amongst other “causes”), the “cause” of mining the Mahan forest.

The villages of Amelia and Suhira are the ones where the overburden from the Mahan Coal block will be dumped. These villages comprise 4000 residents each. About twenty people gathered in Amelia village on the July 24 2013, about the need for a formal coalition. Since then, they’ve been planning a yatra in nearby villages that will culminate in a public meeting.

The yatra is to expand the Mahan Sangarsh Samiti-a coalition of hundreds of people from Ammelia, Budher, Suhira, Bandhaura and Barwantola that have organised themselves over three years to preserve the Mahan forest.

Mahan Sangharsh Samiti

The meetings have given rise to other issues including the scandalous Gram Sabha meeting that was held on March 6, 2013 in Amelia village. The register which comprises the minutes of the meeting and was signed by the tehsildar and the other officials claims that the village is in favour of the mines. The MSS filed a RTI through which they found that the names and signatures of  941 people were forged. Now the samiti is planning on taking action against those officials involved.  Kripa Nath, whose name and signature is amongst those that were forged states, “We weren’t there at the meeting. In fact the register states that those who have been deceased for years attended the meeting. Since Essar seems to have magical powers of bringing back people from the dead. I request them to bring back my dead relatives.”

Last year when Kripa Nath along with five others went to a hotel nearby to visit some Greenpeace employees for assistance in drafting a letter to the Forest Rights Committee, company goons found the room that they were in, barged in, threatened them and asked them to leave. Kripa Nath was amongst the two who decided to leave. On leaving, the goons made them get into the car, forcefully made them drink alcohol, and asked them to sign a complaint stating that Greenpeace employees were creating a nuisance in their village. They refused to do so despite being repeatedly threatened. After being kept in the Mahan Coal office, they were let off after two hours.

Harassment and being bribed is routine for members of the samiti. Radhakalli, says, “They harass me every day. Sometimes they say they’ll take me to the police station, sometimes they tell me that they will kill me, sometimes they say they will hit me with an iron rod.

This is not just to me, but everyone part of the Samiti.”  However, since they have organised themselves, the members of the Samiti have been able to confront the dalals and the goons and their hold over the village has reduced drastically.

Radhakalli belongs to Dhuliabuda Tola of Amelia village which is adjacent to the Essar power plant which came up in around 2007-2008. At least 3000 people were displaced when the plant was built. In her village, at least 30 percent of people are landless, all of whom earn their livelihoods almost solely by selling forest produce. They collect forest produce for food, fuel, medicine, and several other uses.

On being asked about the whether she hopes to get a job in the Essar factory or Mahan mines, Radhakalli states,” Kya Job milega mujhe factory aur mines mein? Job to badebade logon ko milta hai. Mujhe or mere bachhon ko koi job nahi milne waala.” (What job will I get in factories or mines? Only big people get jobs. My children and I will not get jobs).

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This fight is between truth and falsehoods- Soni Sori from Raipur Jail ( Hindi and English)

सुप्रीमकोर्ट  न्यायालय जज साहब, वकील सर के नाम पर खत
माननीय जज साहब, छत्तीसगढ़ सरकार मेरे साथ आज की स्थिति में भी बहुत गलत कर रही है | ये सब सहते तकलीफ, अन्यायों के बारे में खत के माध्यम से लिखकर बार-बार आपको परेशान करना, दुःख पहुचाना या इस केस की फ़ैसला के लिये जोर देने की इरादा मेरे मन में बिल्कुल नहीं है | क्या करूँ मैं मजबूर हूँ | पर मेरी हालत को कोई समझना नहीं चाहता | मेरी पूरी कोशिश रहती है कि जो कुछ समस्या है, जेल से हों या न्यायालय से समाधान हों जाये पर होता नहीं है बल्कि और बढा दिया जाता है | जिससे मजबूर होकर आप तक जानकारी शिकायत देने करने के लिये विवश हों जाति हूँ | आप पर मुझे पूरा विश्वास है | जब भी इस केस की सुनवाई होगी सच्चाई को देखते हुए, पक्ष-विपक्ष को सुनते हुए देगे |
क्योंकि ये लड़ाई सच और झूठ का है | इस सच-झूठ को पुलिस प्रशासन जानने के बावजूद भी मुझपर अत्याचार किया कर रहा है | एस्सार नोट कांड ने मेरी जिंदगी को बर्बाद कर दिया | आज भी मेरी जीवन  मौत की कगार में है | अब मुझे ये देखना है मैंने सुना भी पढ़ा भी सच परेशान हों सकता है पर पराजित नहीं हों सकता | सच की राह में चलते-चलते बहुत से कठिनाइयाँ, परेशानी तकलीफों का सामना किया कर रही हूँ | जहां तक अपने आपको खो दिया ये शरीर भी अत्याचार जुल्म को सहते-सहते इस स्थिति में पहुंच चुका है कब मेरा साथ छोड़ दे, कोई भरोसा नहीं |
इस वक्त बहुत ही परेशानियों का सामना करना पड़ रहा है | तीन महीने हों चुके दवाई नहीं दिया जा रहा है | इलाज को अधूरा करके छोड़ दिया गया | शरीर की तकलीफ बहुत अधिक बढ़ चुकी है | चलने में परेशानी, अचानक शरीर सूज जाता है | चलते चलते पैर शून्य हों जाते हैं | मैं भी तो इंसान ही हूँ ऐसा अन्याय क्यों? इतनी तडप कष्ट सजा की जीवन क्यों दिया जा रहा है| जज साहब मैं आपसे न्यायालय से जानना चाहती हूँ कि मेरा गुनाह क्या है? एक तो मानसिक रूप प्रताड़ित किये, बेरहमी के साथ अत्याचार करके इन सलाखों में डाल दिया गया | यदि मुझे जेल में भेजना ही था तो ऐसा चोट जख्म, जुल्म देकर क्यों भेजा गया | जेल में डाल भी दिये तो आज पुलिस प्रशासन के द्वारा दिया गया जख्मों का इलाज कराने स्वास्थ्य की हालात को सुधार करने में असमर्थ क्यों है |
सुप्रीम कोर्ट न्यायालय की आदेश से कलकता में मेरी इलाज हुई, इलाज के दौरान डाक्टर सर ने सलाह दिया था कि ये दवाई को रेगुलर लेते रहना जब तक आपकी अंदरूनी दर्द कम न हों जाये | वो दवाई भी नहीं दिया जा रहा है | मैंने इस बत की शिकायत जगदलपुर जेल में किया, रायपुर आने के बाद रायपुर में जेलर मैडम से अनेक बार कहा | स्थानीय न्यायालय दंतेवाड़ा में भी कहा कि मुझे अंदरूनी तकलीफ बढ़ रही है | मुझे दवाई की उपलब्ध कराया जाये | इसके बावजूद भी आज तक दवाई नहीं मिल रही है | इस स्थिति से परेशान होकर मैंने जेल की डाक्टर मैडम से कहा कि मेरी इलाज करवाया जाये | डाक्टर मैडम कहने लगी तुम प्रशासनिक तौर से आई हों और नक्सली महिला लिखित में देकर मानसिक रूप से प्रताडित किया गया | फिर मैं कुछ दिन चुप रही |
मेरी दर्द बढती ही जा रही है इस स्थिति में मैंने दिनांक २७.०२.२०१२ को पेशी में जाने से वकील से फिर कहा, ऐसी स्थिति रहा तो मेरा जिन्दा रहना मुश्किल है | तब वकीलों ने मेरी इलाज के लिये न्यायालय में आवेदन दिया जिससे स्वीकृति मिल गई और जेल में आदेश भी मेरी इलाज के नाम पर आया | दिनांक १.३.२०१२ को जेलर मैडम ने मुझे अस्पताल भेजे उस दिन मेरी इलाज पूरी तरह नहीं हों पाया | समय की अवधि खत्म होने के वजह से फिर हमें डाक्टर ने दिनांक ६.३.२०१२ को बुलाया ताकि उस दिन मेरी सोनोग्राफी करवाना था ५.३.२०१२ को मुझे अस्पताल नहीं ले गये | तब मैंने जेलर मैडम, जेल अधीक्षक को कहा कि सर मेरी  अंदरूनी दर्द, पीड़ा ज्यादा होने लगा है | आप हमे इलाज के लिये क्यों नहीं भेज रहे हों | डाक्टर सोनोग्राफी का सलाह दिया है, वो कराना जरुरी है | प्लीज आपलोग इसतरह लापरवाही मत कीजियेगा | मुझमे बहुत ही कमजोरी आ गई, इस वक्त मैं कुछ कर भी नहीं पाती हूँ | बहुत सा तकलीफों का सामना करना पड़ रहा है | आप मुझे अस्पताल भेजकर सोनोग्राफी कर लाइयेगा ताकि ऐसा दवाई प्राप्त हों जिससे मुझे दर्द में राहत मिल सके| इतने सारे परेशानी बताने पर जेल अधीक्षक कहा कि मैं कुछ नहीं कर सकता, मेरे हाथ में कुछ नहीं है | तो अब हम कैसे करें किससे बताए तो कहा वो मैं नहीं जनता समझी | फिर मैंने कहा एक तो आप लोग ने मुझे ६.३.२०१२ की पेशी में भी उपस्थित नहीं कराये क्यों? यदि हम पेशी में जाते तो अपनी इस समस्या को न्यायालय में रखते, ये सबसे आप लोगों ने मुझे वंचित कर दिया | ये पेशी में उपस्थित होना अनिवार्य था | अब इसके जिम्मेदार कौन है? फिर वही जवाब ये सबसे मेरा कोई लेना देना नहीं है | ना ही मेरी जिम्मेदारी है समझी | तब मैंने कहा ठीक है सर मैं अब सरकार को खत लिखूंगी | जज साहब मेरे द्वारा लिखी बातों पर गौर कीजियेगा| इस स्थिति में मैं क्या करूँ| ये सब मैं आप पर छोडती हूँ |
छत्तीसगढ़ सरकार की नियम कानून अत्याचार से हरसत हों चुकी हूँ | जज साहब मुझे हर पेशी में उपस्थित होना जरुरी है क्योंकि मेरा परिवार न्यायलय में  हर बार आ नहीं सकता, परिस्थितियों के वजह से और मुझपर जो आरोप लगे हैं| उन केसों की सच झूठ को मुझे जानना है | दवाई ना मिलने के वजह से और इलाज ना कराने के वजह से मेरी अंदरूनी तकलीफ बढ़ चुकी है | मेरे पिता को नक्सलियों ने पैर पर गोली मारे जिससे विकलांग हों चुके हैं | जब न्यायालय में मुझसे मिलने आते हैं तो मेरे पिता को लाचार किया जाता है | मेरे बच्चे को मानसिक रूप से परेशान किया जाता है | बच्चे ये सब से अनजान हैं | बच्चो को पुछ ताछ क्यों पुलिस की इस तरह की व्यवहार पूछ ताछ से मेरी बच्ची की मानसिकता पर डर पैदा हो रही है | ये डर मेरी बच्ची के जीवन के लिये ठीक नहीं है | आगामी में हमें कुछ हों जाये तो मेरे बच्चों का आश्रय अवश्य बना दीजियेगा जज साहब | मेरे सिवाय मेरे बच्चों का कोई भी नहीं इन बच्चों का पिता है भी तो जेल में है | मेरे पिता की सम्पति को तो नक्सलियों ने पूरी तरह बर्बाद कर दिया | जिससे ये परिवार भी लचारता की जीवन जी रहा है |
रायपुर जेल हों या छत्तीसगढ़ के अन्य जेल हों, मुझे अच्छी हालात में रहने नहीं देंगे ना ही रखेंगे | ना ही मैं सुरक्षित महसूस कार सकती हूँ ना ही सुरक्षित हूँ | फिर भी मुझे रायपुर जेल से वापस जगदलपुर जेल में किया जाये | ताकि बच्चों से बीच-बीच में मिल सकूँ| जबतक जीवित हूँ एक ना एक दिन छत्तीसगढ़ सरकार मुझे मौत देगा ही | क्योंकि हम जैसे आदिवासियों को अत्याचार जुल्म प्रताडित करके मौत देना सरकार की सबसे बड़ी जीत कामयाबी है | इस कामयाबी से सरकार पीछे कैसे हट सकती है | जज साहब रायपुर जेल में बहुत ही परेशानी हों रही है | आपसे निवेदन है कि हमें वापस किया जाये | गलती पे क्षमा |
प्रार्थी
श्रीमती सोनी सोरी
७.३.२०१२
Letter to the Supreme Court Judge (through  Advocate sir)
Honourable Judge Sahib, the Chhattisgarh government is committing many wrongs on me even today.  I tolerate everything, and I do not have any intention of troubling you repeatedly through my letters, or causing grief to you, or putting any undue pressure on the decision of any case. But what can I do – I am compelled to do this (write to you), since no one wants to understand my circumstances.  I try my utmost that whatever problem I encounter gets resolved through the jail authorities or in the (lower) courts. But it does not happen this way, and instead, the problems get compounded.  Due to this, I am left with no option but am compelled to give you the information/ complaint. I have full faith in you.  Whenever this court (Supreme Court) hears the case, it will seek the truth and decide only after hearing both sides.
This fight is between truth and falsehoods. Even knowing all the truth and falsehoods, the police and administration is heaping atrocities on me.  The Essar note incident has ruined my life.  Even now, my life is on the verge of death.  Now I have to see for myself—I have heard and I have read that Truth can be beleagured but it cannot be defeated.  Walking on this path of Truth, I am facing many difficulties, trials and tribulations.  While I have lost myself, my body has also borne so many atrocities that there is no saying when it may also stop supporting me.
At this time, I have to face many difficulties. Three months have passed and I am not being given any medicines.  My treatment was left incomplete.  The problem in my body has increased significantly.  I have problems walking.  Suddenly, my body swells up.  While walking, my feet suddenly go numb.  Even I am a human being, then why this injustice?  Why have I been condemned to this life of torment, agony and punishment?
Judge Sahib, I want to know from you, from the Court, what wrong have I committed? First, they tortured me mentally, committed unbearable atrocities on me, and put me behind these prison bars. If I had to be sent to prison in any case, then why send me after subjecting me to such injuries, wounds and atrocities? And even if they have put me in prison, why are they unable to give me treatment for the wounds inflicted by the police and administration, to get me back into a healthy condition?
It was upon the order of the Supreme Court that I was taken to Kolkata for treatment.  During the treatment, the doctor advised me to be regular in taking my medicines till the internal pains do not get better. But I am not being given these medicines.  I have complained about this in the Jagdalpur jail.  After coming to the Raipur jail, I have told the Jailor Madam many times about this.  Even in the lower court in Dantewada, I said that my internal problems are increasing.  My medicines should be made available to me.  In spite of all this, I have not been given medicines till today.  Troubled by such circumstances, I even asked the Doctor Madam of the Jail that I need to be treated.  The Doctor Madam began to  say, “You have come here through the Administration” and put in writing that I am a Naxalite woman and thus I was put through mental harassment.  Then, I kept quiet for a few days.  My pains go on increasing.
Under such circumstances, on 27-02-2012, when I went for the court hearing and saw my lawyer, I told him that in this condition, it will be difficult for me to stay alive.  Then the lawyers presented an application in the court for my treatment.  The application was approved and the jail received an order for my treatment.
On 1-2-2012, Jailor madam sent me to the hospital.  But my treatmentcould not be completed that day.  Since the time (for seeing patients) was up, the doctor called us back on 6-3-2012 so that sonography could be conducted that day.  But I was not taken to the hospital on 5-3-2012. Then I told the Jailor Madam and the Jail Superintendent that, “Sir, my internal pains and problems are increasing.  Why are you not sending me to for treatment?  The Doctor has recommended sonography.  It is important to get it done.  Please, do not be so negligent in this matter. I have a lot of weakness. At this time, I am unable to do anything.  I have to face a lot of difficulties.  Please send me to the hospital and get my sonography done, so that I can get the right medicines which will provide me relief from my pains.”
Even on explaining all this to him, the Jail Superintendent said, “I cannot do anything.  Nothing is in my hands.”
I asked him then, “If all this is not in your hands, in your control, then what should I do? Please tell me. “
He said, “I don’t know. Understand?”
Then I said, “First, you did not even take me for the hearing on 6-3-2012 and produce me in the court there.  Had I gone for the hearing, I could have informed the court about my condition.  You have deprived me of this opportunity.  It was necessary for me to be present in this hearing.  Now, who is responsible for this?”
The same reply, “I have nothing to do with all this.  Nor is this my responsibility.  Understand?”
Then I said, “Alright, sir.  I will write a letter to the government.”
Honourable Judge sir, please give some thought to what I have written.  What should I do under these circumstances?  I leave all this to you.  I am weary of the rules, regulations and injustices of the Chhattisgarh government.
Judge sahib, it is necessary for me to be present for my hearings because my family cannot make it to each hearing due to their circumstances, and I need to know about the charges against me and the truth and falsehoods of the cases against me.
(2) My internal problems have worsened because of non-availability of medicines and treatment.
(3) My father is now disabled because the Naxalites shot him in the leg.  When he comes to meet me in the court, he is made to feel helpless.
My children are being mentally harassed.  My children do not know anything.  Why are my children interrogated?  My little girl is now mentally traumatized and fearful due to this behavior of the police.  This fear is not good for my girl’s life.  Should something happen to me in the near future, please ensure that my children are taken care of.  These children have no one besides me – even the father of my children is in jail.   My father’s property has been completely destroyed by the Naxalites.  This is why even this family is living a life of destitution.
Whether it is the Raipur Jail or some other jail in Chhattisgarh, I will not be allowed to live in a good condition, nor will they keep me in a good condition.  Neither can I feel protected, nor am I safe.  Still, I should be sent back from the Raipur jail to the Jagdalpur jail so that I can meet my children from time to time, till I am alive.  One of these days, the Chhattisgarh government will surely kill me. Because subjecting adivasis like me to atrocities, cruelties and torture, and then awarding us with death is the biggest victory and success of this government.
Judge sahib, I am facing a lot of difficulties in the Raipur Jail.  I pray to you to be taken back.  Please forgive me for my mistakes.
Applicant,
Shirmati Soni Sori (Sodhi)
7-3-2012
 

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