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Conduct fresh probe into Maruti violence, demands rights group #Ileadindia

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NEW DELHI, June 20, 2013

 

Mohammad Ali

 

Accuses police investigations of being a “farce, pro-management”

 

A year after violence broke out at Maruti Suzuki’s plant in Manesar, in which company HR manager Awanish Dev died and several others were injured, the People’s Union for Democratic Rights has termed the police enquiry into the episode a “farce” and demanded a fresh probe.

 

Arguing that the July violence should be seen in the context of history of unfair labour practices and workers’ struggle at Maruti, the rights group said: “What makes the Maruti story extraordinary is certainly not the company and its cars, but the extraordinary struggle of its workers that has continued despite ruthless repression by the management and the police and failure of the labour department and the judiciary to provide any justice to them.”

 

While releasing its fact-finding report highlighting the episode’s implications, the rights group has demanded that investigation into the July 18 incident carried out by the Haryana Police should be nullified and a fresh investigation initiated by an SIT comprising police officers drawn from other States.

 

Differing from the police version of the events about last year’s violence, PUDR alleged that a large number of workers and their family members were harassed by the cops in the course of a “deeply flawed” investigation.

 

“As a result of the police investigation, workers were arrested, jailed, and have been denied bail till date. The company at the same time terminated hundreds of workers accusing them of involvement in the incident well before the police investigation was completed,” said PUDR secretary Ashish Gupta.

 

“The Haryana Police have been consistently acting in a partisan manner favouring the management since the incident, and therefore cannot be entrusted with this task. The lack of an independent investigation into the incident has amounted to grave miscarriage of justice, which is why we are demanding investigations into the role of hired bouncers, who were present at the spot, and also that of the Haryana Police officers responsible for violation of legal guidelines regarding arrest and for custodial torture of arrestees, and harassment of their family members,” he said. The fact finding report highlights “collusion” of the Maruti management, administration and police in workers’ harassment.

 

 

 

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#Punjab – Two minor girls raped at Malerkotla, Barnala village #Vaw

Malerkotla: Minor raped, 2 accused arrested

Tuesday, March, 05 2013 – 13:05

TNN
SANGRUR: Two minor girls were raped separately in at Malerkotla in Sangrur and at a Barnala village. The accused have been arrested in both the cases whereas in one case the villagers severely thrashed the boy. The badly injured boy has been referred to Chandigarh basedPGI hospital.

Three youths have been accused of raping a minor girl and out of the three, two were arrested in Malerkotla town on Monday. 
According to the information given by senior superintendent of police, Harcharan Singh Bhullar, based on a complaint given by the father of a 15-year-old girl, a case was filed against all the three youths, who are in their 20s.

According to the information provided, the girl who was raped by the three men was standing at a local bus stand to board a bus for Dhuri for going to her relative’s place. In the meantime, the three men came in a car and gave lift to the girl, who was raped by all three later at a secluded place.

After the incident, the girl informed her mother about what had happened and the father of the victim filed a complaint against the three men. The accused have been identified as Shamshad Ali and Mohammad Ali and Mohammad Latif; the latter was still at large.

The SSP further added that an investigation has been initiated into the case and the girl has already been sent for a medical examination.

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Rights of tribals at the core of Maoist conflict – B D Sharma

“Rights of tribals at the core of Maoist conflict”

Mohammad Ali

Social activist B.D. Sharma addressing a news conference in New Delhi on Saturday. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar.
 Social activist B.D. Sharma addressing a news conference in New Delhi on Saturday. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar.

States have allowed exploitation of mineral-rich regions without locals’ consent

The conflict between the government and the Maoists in the tribal areas didn’t start with the abduction of Sukma Collector Alex Paul Menon and it would not end with his release, observed B.D. Sharma, the mediator who secured Mr. Menon’s freedom after two weeks in captivity.

Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, Mr. Sharma said: “At the core of the clash between the governments and the Maoists lies the question of ownership ofjal, jangal and zameen of the tribals, who used to be the owners of the mineral-rich region, and the model of development which the governments, State as well as the Union, are thrusting upon them.”

Referring to the “understanding” reached between the Chhattisgarh government and Maoists, he hoped the temporary ceasefire in Operation Green Hunt will lead to an era of peace. However, he added: “Only astrologers can predict the longevity of the current ‘ceasefire.”

The former District Magistrate of Bastar talked about the situation prevailing in the tribal region while highlighting the government’s failure in protecting the rights of tribals.

“When I asked a local tribal in Bastar about the difference the Maoists’ presence has made to his life, he replied that the tribals don’t get troubled by the patwari and thedaroga,” Mr. Sharma said.

Talking about the “inherent contradiction” in the government’s policy on tribals, Mr. Sharma said instead of resolving core issues like rights over forests, forest produce, people’s rights over land and resources, and the trader-contractor-politician nexus, governments have signed hundreds of memoranda of understanding with foreign and domestic companies for exploitation of minerals without the consent of the local people.

“Our Prime Minister calls the tribal people poor! How can you call the community poor which historically and naturally used to own and cultivate the mineral-rich region and its resources?” he said.

Mr. Sharma regretted that the Bhuria Committee’s 1996 recommendation regarding community ownership of industry had not been adopted still. He said tribals had not been given any stake in the present model of development despite the Centre having envisaged carving out a zone to ensure the partnership of tribals in development.

He highlighted the “open violation” of the provisions of the Panchayat (Extension to Schedule Areas) Act, 1996 (PESA) — the PESA had envisaged that “every Gram Sabha shall be competent to safeguard and preserve the tradition and customs of the people, their cultural identity, community resources and the customary mode of the dispute resolution.”

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