ML Update | No. 34 | 2015

MLUpdate

A CPI(ML) Weekly News Magazine

Vol. 18, No. 34, 18 ­– 24 AUGUST 2015

Bring the BJP-Backed Ranveer Sena Terrorists To Justice

Arrest Terrorists and Top Politicians Exposed by Cobrapost Sting and Amir Das Report


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e Cobrapost sting operation has confirmed what was already an open secret. The terrorist feudal outfit Ranveer Sena, backed by the Bhartiya Janata Party, slaughtered poor labourers from the Dalits and oppressed castes in Bihar in the 1990s, mostly unarmed women and children, to teach them a lesson for their struggles for wages and dignity and political assertion in the form of the CPI(ML) Liberation. The police and administration under the then Chief Ministers Laloo Prasad and then Rabri Devi, colluded with the terrorists, allowing them to massacre with impunity. The Commission headed by Justice (Retd.) Amir Das set up to probe the political linkages of the Ranveer Sena, received no cooperation from the Rabri Devi regime, and when it prepared its report in the face of all odds and was on the point of submitting its findings, it was disbanded by the JDU-BJP Government headed by Nitish Kumar.

In a series of shocking verdicts between 2012-2013, the Patna High Court overturned sessions court verdicts and acquitted each and every one of those who had been convicted for the massacres at Bathani Tola, Laxmanpur Bathe, and Miyanpur. In 2014, a sessions court acquitted all the accused in the Shankarbigha massacre. The Patna High Court in the Bathani Tola case held that eyewitnesses were ‘lying’ and ‘spinning tales’, and had held eyewitnesses in the Laxmanpur Bathe case to be ‘unreliable.’ The Cobrapost reporter caught some of the acquitted men on his secret camera, in which they openly, brazenly boast of having perpetrated the massacres, and also confirm what the witnesses had maintained – that the mastermind of the massacres was Brahmeshwar ‘mukhiya’, the Ranveer Sena chief. Six Ranveer Sena commanders caught on camera by Cobrapost, openly and readily give details of their role in the Bathani Tola, Bathe, Sarthua, Miyanpur, Shankarbigha and Ekwari massacres.

How come the police failed to do what an investigative journalist has done? How come these terrorists have escaped justice and enjoy impunity?

Some of the answers to these questions also can be found in the Cobrapost interviews of the Ranveer Sena terrorists. These terrorists declare that powerful politicians – including former Prime Minister Chandrashekhar, former Finance Minister and senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, former HRD Minister from the BJP Murli Manohar Joshi, BJP leaders Sushil Modi and CP Thakur and several others – helped them procure sophisticated arms to which only the Indian Army has access. They received training from Army men – either retired or on leave. They also say that criminal politician Anand Mohan Singh and JDU leader Shivanand Tiwari offered them material support. They say that Murli Manohar Joshi intimidated the investigative officers and LJP MP Arun Kumar helped them escape the police.

It is also significant that the Ranveer Sena terrorists tell Cobrapost that theirs were not stealthy operations. The date of the massacres were often announced in advance, to strike terror – and the Bathani Tola massacre, thus announced, was even conducted in broad daylight. Survivors of the massacres told Cobrapost how police and prosecution in the Laloo-Rabri regimes failed to act even when warned that massacres had been announced. Police posts a stone’s throw away from the targeted villages would look the other way until the massacre was over. Evidence was destroyed by the police, and prosecution deliberately weakened cases.

The Cobrapost has also spoken to Justice (Retd.) Amir Das, and has also acquired a copy of the Amir Das Commission report. Justice Amir Das states that witnesses deposed before his Commission, testifying to the involvement of several prominent politicians, mostly from the BJP. This is why his Commission was abruptly wound up by Nitish Kumar, when the JDU-BJP Government came to power.

It is clear that from police to prosecution to judiciary, from the Laloo-Rabri regime to Nitish regime to the BJP, all are implicated in the massacre of the poor and the massacre of justice.

Narendra Modi talks of ‘jungle raj’ in Bihar – but can he deny that the BJP-backed Ranveer Sena terrorists were the most dangerous man-eaters in the jungle, that preyed on the weakest, the poorest, women and children? Will BJP’s Giriraj Singh tell us why he called the terrorist Brahmeshwar Singh – mastermind of all the massacres – Bihar’s Gandhi?

Nitish Kumar is trying to claim that the decision to disband the Amir Das Commission was taken before he assumed power. This is a false and specious argument: after all, if so, why did he not reverse that decision and refuse to announce the disbanding? Why in the past decade has he refused to re-promulgate the Amir Das Commission in spite of CPI(ML)’s demands to this effect?

The truth is that Nitish Kumar disbanded the Commission that would have revealed the truth about BJP’s backing of the Ranveer Sena, because he did not want Bihar’s people to ask why he had joined hands with the butchers of Bihar’s poor Dalits, women and children.

Moreover, after Brahmeshwar’s killing, why did Nitish Kumar allow Ranveer Sena goons to go on a rampage in Ara, attacking Dalit hostels? Today, Nitish Kumar claims to be ‘secular’ and against the communal BJP. But it is Nitish Kumar who is responsible for the shameful denial of justice and betrayal of the massacre survivors and victims’ families, because it is he who shielded the communal-casteist BJP by disbanding the Amir Das Commission. And even today, the JDU Administration and BJP leaders today operate in a tacit nexus to shield the perpetrators of the sexual assault on Dalit women at Parbatta: an assault that was organized and led by a local BJP leader.

Those self-proclaimed leaders of Dalits, mahadalits and backward communities of Bihar who are shamelessly allying with the BJP, must answer to Bihar’s people about why they are insulting Bihar’s poor and oppressed by joining hands with their killers.

The struggle for justice must seek the arrest of the Ranveer Sena commanders who have confessed to the massacre; the arrest of all the politicians including BJP top brass who are named by the Ranveer Sena commanders and the Amir Das Commission report; and investigation and arrest of the Army and ex-Army leaders who trained and armed the banned Ranveer Sena terrorists.

AIPF Mahapanchayat in Jharkhand to Mark August Kranti Diwas and World Adivasi Day

9 August is observed as August Kranti Diwas and, since 1995, also as World Adivasi Day when indigenous people all over the world celebrate their identity and their rights. This year the BJP govt in Jharkhand played the drama of celebrating World Adivasi Day on a governmental level, whereas the truth is that this very govt is attacking the rights of adivasis over jal-jangal-jameen and progress through its pro-corporate policies. The AIPF organized a huge mahapanchayat in Ranchi, attended by the CPI-ML and dozens of people’s organizations, and thousands of adivasi people whether women, workers, farmers, youth, students, in their traditional attire.

Addresing the mahapanchayat, CPI-ML General Secretary Comrade Dipankar Bhattacharya said that this mahapanchayat would become the voice of the adivasis for their rights, against the anti-people policies of the govt. He pointed out the irony that on this August Kranti Diwas, the reins of the country are in the hands of those who belong to a political stream which took no part in the Independence struggle and who are today hell-bent on imposing Company Raj on the country. He said that World Adivasi Day is celebrated, with UN approval through the efforts of Dr. Ram Dayal Munda and Jharkhandvasis, to protect the adivasis’ fundamental rights and as a symbol of adivasis’ right to take their own decision regarding jal-jangal-jameen, but this pro-corporate govt is violating all the rights of the adivasis, including hard won legal rights such as CNT, SPT, PESA, and the 5th Schedule and the Govt was bent upon giving their jal-jangal-jameen away to the corporate houses. The rights of the poor are also dwindling with cuts in MNREGA and food security. Workers’ rights are also in grave danger with the govt weakening labour laws. The govt has been forced to back down on the Land Ordinance because of people’s protest, but their attempts are still on. The AIPF must stand strong on the rights of adivasis, and also must work for the success of the September 2 All India strike called by trade unions to oppose the weakening of labour laws.

The mahapanchayat was also addressed by AIPF leader Kavita Krishnan, Kisan Mahasabha General Secretary Rajaram Singh, human rights activist Fr. Stane Swami, Forum steering committee member Dayamani Barla, MLA Rajkumar Yadav, AIPF leader Yugal Pal, Insaf Manch leader Nadeem Khan, AIPWA leader Geeta Mandal, anti-displacement activist Damodar Turi, adivasi leader Nande Pahan, Left activist Tridib Ghosh, JMS leader Devki Nandan Bediya, Rajesh Sinha and other leaders. Earlier, Forum Advisory committee member and well-known journalist Faisal Anurag gave the keynote address and stressed the need for AIPF to fight against the anti-adivasi policies of the govt. Former MLA Vinod Singh conducted the proceedings and CPI-ML CCW member Anant Prasad Gupta welcomed the participants of the mahapanchayat and read out the 21 point political proposition. Anil Anshuman read out the declared programmes of the AIPF and proposed a vote of thanks. The Jharkhand JASAM team Prerna presented jangeet. Filmmaker Meghnath, social activist Prof. Hasan Raja, right to food activist K Balram, and members of the Forum steering committee also participated in the mahapanchayat which concluded with the constitution of a 21 member Jharkhand State committee executive and a 43 member State council.

The following organizations joined the mahapanchayat: 1. Adivasi-Mulvasi Astitva Raksha Manch; 2. Jangal Bachao Andolan; 3. Bagaicha; 4. Bhoomi Raksha Manch; 5. Visthhapan Virodhi Jan Vikas Andolan; 6. HEC Hatiya Visthhapit Parivar Samiti; 7. Jharkhand Para Shikshak Sangh; 8. Jharkhand Jan Sangram Morcha; 9. United Milli Forum; 10. Dalma Raiyyat Suraksha anch; 11. Jharkhand Minority Forum; 12. Jharkhand Andolankari Morcha; 13. Bermo Coalfield Visthhapit Mazdoor Union; 14. Jharkhand Petroleum Transport Shramik Union; 15. Rajhara Bachao Sangharsh Samiti; 16. Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Mahasabha; 17. AICCTU; 18. AIPWA; 19. Jharkhand Jan Sanskriti Manch; 20. AISA; 21. RYA; 22. AKHDA ; 23. Insaf Manch; 24. Jharkhand Gramin Mazdoor Samiti; 25. APCR. During the mahapanchayat many other people’s organizations also joined the Jharkhand AIPF.

Protest by Adivasis in Gujarat

On 10 August 2015, the day following World Adivasi Day, a strong protest was organized under the leadership of CPI-ML at Umargam taluka in Valsad district of Gujarat, in which hundreds of adivasi women and men participated. At the end of the protest a 7-member delegation met the tehsil officer and submitted a charter of demands.

Their chief demands are: 1. The anti-people land acquisition law (especially in adivasi areas) should be immediately repealed; 2. Adivasis should be given ownership rights as per the forest rights act (which many whose forefathers had ploughed the land have not yet got; some adivasis in this plight were presented before the tehsil officer); 3. Adivasi families should be given BPL cards, and adivasis engaged in agriculture should get insurance without premium; 4. Corruption in distribution of MNREGA job cards and work to adivasis should be investigated immediately and this process should be properly and quickly completed; 5. Each family should be provided food grains at Rs 2 per kilo under the food security act; 6. Contract labour supply system in factories under the Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation should be stopped immediately and contractual workers (most of whom are local adivasis) should be made permanent employees; 7. There are several small chemical factories here whose effluents are polluting both land and drinking water in this area; these factories should be banned immediately and their owners punished.

Hundreds of adivasi women and men from Malkhet, Nagam, Jharoli, Khatalvad, Bharoli, Dhodhipara, Manda, Mohangaon, Angaam, Kaprada, and other villages participated in the demonstration. The rally attracted large numbers in spite of heavy rain and the fact that the majority of fishermen were out at sea on work. The rally was led by Politburo member Prabhat Kumar, Gujarat Party in-charge Ranjan Ganguly, RYA National Secretary Amit Patnawadia, District secretary Laxmanbhai Patnawadia, women leaders Jayantiben, Sushilaben, and others. Disabled persons also participated in the rally led by disabled persons’ union leader Com. Haresh Bhai. Speakers addressing the rally called for widening the agitation for land, employment, and food. It was resolved at the rally to make full preparations for the success of the forthcoming All India strike on 2nd September.

Protest Meeting against Parbatta Incident

A people’s protest meeting was organized near Kabir Math in Parbatta on 11 August to protest against the attacks on dalits and women at Shiromani tola in Parbatta block of Khagariya district. Party Politburo member Com. Kavita Krishnan, former MP Com. Rameshwar Prasad, AISA State President Rinki and other leaders participated in the protest meeting. Earlier, Party leaders had met and spoken with the victims’ families.

Addressing the protest meeting, Com. Kavita Krishnan said that the Nitish govt in the State and RJD supremo Lalu Yadav are protectors of the people who perpetrate injustice and attacks. They are also the nurturers of feudal forces. After the 80’s, now women are taking steps forward but they are being subjected to violent attacks. The JD (U) and BJP are both shielding the culprits. Under the protection of these two Parties, feudal forces joined together to attack Nayagaon Sharma tola on 27 July 2015. Homes of the poor were destroyed, property was looted, and even children and the old were not spared from barbaric attacks. The victims were not given protection and shelter by the govt but by the poor people. The administration tried to put pressure to force them back. Com. Kavita raised the question of why no medical investigation of the victims was done. She pointed out that while the JD(U) local MLA is protecting the feudal oppressors, BJP leader Mithilesh Choudhury is the mastermind in the incident. At the same time Jan Adhikar Party leader and MP Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav is shedding crocodile tears prodded by the BJP. All these Parties are playing politics for votes. It is only the CPI-ML which is fighting for justice.

Former MP and CCW member Com. Rameshwar, AISA State President Rinki, Mukesh Kumar, Bindeshwari Mandal, Naveen, Akhilesh Bharti, Arun Das, and other leaders also addressed the meeting.

People’s Kabja on 22 Bighas of Land In Bhojpur

On 12 July 2015 the poor people set a laudable precedent in the vaasbhumi andolan by setting up 1,700 huts and taking control of 22 bighas of land in Padhariya Mauja coming under Gadahani block of Bhojpur district, where Ara town resident absentee landlord and notorious capitalist of the district Vinay Jain had kept the said land under his illegal kabja. No administrative officer dares to go there in the face of the people’s courage and unity. This has increased the enthusiasm and belief of the people in the Party.

Vinay Jain owns several properties in Ara town. The land in question was earlier the property of the Bihar govt. The revenue officer of this Mauja used to live in Vinay’s house, and with his connivance Vinay’s family made documents through fraudulent means to get kabja of this land. Local sharecroppers used to farm this land. For the last 30 years this land has been fallow (parti). In 1992 flags were planted under the Party leadership and it was declared that the land would be freed.

Recently, after a series of fraudulent attempts by various fraudsters to claim the ownership of land the Party decided not to let the land remain ‘parti’ any more, but to let the neighbouring poor people settle on the land. On this basis the landless poor of Gadahani, Padhariya, Suari and Dhamniya villages were mobilized and on 12 July hundreds of them gathered to put up huts on the land and establish Nirmal Nagar there. Gradually, 1,700 jhopdis in all have been put up there. The authorities are silent, and the media is also largely silent. Regardless of what the govt or the media does, the people’s need for dwelling is so acute and urgent that they are ready to face anyone who challenges them.

The land now bears an air of celebration. Passers-by stop to take in the scene. Even now people are coming to see this and the people who have taken its kabja. They are being told that all villages have similar lands; they are being urged to find out such lands and take kabja there also. Nothing will be achieved by depending on the govt for land or housing. It is better to mobilize the people under the leadership of the CPI-ML and free gairmajrua and ceiling lands of the Bihar govt from feudal and dominant forces, and take kabja by putting up jhopdis. Preparations are under way for mobilizing the people under the Party flag and putting up jhopdis in various other villages in the future.

Karyakarta Conventions in Major Assemby Constituencies

Preparations are under way for the Bihar Assembly elections. In the first phase, karyakarta conventions were organized in some major Assembly constituencies in South Bihar which is of significance for the Party. The Party General Secretary Com. Dipankar Bhattacharya was the chief speaker at the conventions. Assembly level karyakarta conventions were organized on 5 August at Karakat, on 6 August at Arwal, and on 7 August at Paliganj. Along with the General Secretary, Politburo member Com. Amit also participated in the conventions. On 10 August conventions were organized in different Assembly constituencies of Bhojpur, in which senior Party leader Com. Swadesh Bhattacharya, State Secretary Kunal, Bhojpur district secretary Com. Jawahar Singh, and other leaders participated. Through these conventions the karyakartas resolved to work with full dedication and strength for the coming Bihar Assembly elections.

Bihar Rasoiya Sangh Plays Significant Role in 3 Day Strike By Contractual-Honorarium Workers

A concerted struggle has been on for the past 7 months under the banner of Bihar Rajya Vidyalaya Rasoiya Sangh for a 17 point charter of demands including the declaration of rasoiyas as govt employees, Rs 15,000 per month honorarium, and guarantee of safety and dignity. A protest in front of the CM on 31 March also did not yield any positive response. On 27 July Nitish Kumar announced that other than tola sewak and kisan salahkar, a grant of Rs 4 lakhs would be paid in case of death of any honorarium worker during tenure of service. This is a cruel joke on honorarium workers as they have neither appointment letter nor, in most cases, is their signature taken anywhere. So with what evidence can the families claim this grant for death-in-service? This announcement is nothing but an electoral carrot; realizing this, they took part in large numbers in the 5-6-7 August strike.

In Siwan around 2,000 rasoiyas took part in a rail chakka jam. The administration has registered cases under several sections against leaders Sohila Gupta and Manjeeta Kaur. Earlier, protests were held in 11 blocks on 5 August and in 3 blocks on 6 August and effigies of Modi and Nitish were burnt. 1,500 rasoiyas protested in front of the Collectorate in East Champaran and held a meeting inside the gates of the Collectorate. On the 2nd and 3rd days protests were held in front of education officers and in all 27 blocks. Earlier a protest had been held on 24 July and a memorandum submitted to PM Modi.

In Nalanda, after an earlier protest on 24 July and a cadre convention on 2 August, Protests were held on 5 August in front of the Collector, on 6 August in front of Education officers, and on 7 August in all blocks. Rallies were taken out on 5 and 6 August. In Muzafffarpur a protest was held at the Collectorate on 24 July. On 5 and 6 August protests and dharnas were held in the blocks. Rasoiyas were gathering in large numbers, and as a result on 7 August. the protests were joined in by rasoiyas and small organizations from areas where the Party is not so active. In Jehanabad, in which 500 women participated, protest was held on 5 August in front of midday meal authorities. An 800 strong Akrosh march was taken out on 6 August and PM Modi’s effigy was burnt on the 3rd day when maximum numbers were present. Block committees of the Rasoiya Sangh are now being constituted.

Protests were held in all 10 blocks of Jamui district by over 500 rasoiyas. In Arwal protests were held on 7 August in which 500 rasoiyas participated. They protested at the Collectorate. Protests were also held at Nawada, Roh, Darbhanga, and Samastipur. Protests in Bhojpur took place on 5 August in front of the Collectorate in which 150 women took part. On 7 August protests were held at Udwantnagar, Jagdishpur and Shahpur block offices.

It was decided to organize protests daily at Kargil chowk in Patna, but the administration did not give permission for this. There was a curfew-like atmosphere in Patna, despite which a rally was taken out on 6 August from Buddha Park which culminated in a meeting at Kargil chowk. Marches and meetings were held on 6-7 August also. Protests and effigy burning of Modi and Nitish were held in fatuha block of Patna rural on 6 August and a road jam was organized on 7 August. Protests and effigy burnings were also organized in Masaurhi, Dhanrua, Bihata, Maner, and Paliganj.

This hartal once again showed the great dissatisfaction and anger amongst the rasoiyas who responded voluntarily to the call for the bandh. The hartal declared 8-9-10 August. to be observed as “Black Day” to protest against the indifference of the govt and the oppression unleashed on those agitating for their rights. Further preparations are on for bigger agitations.

Edited, published and printed by S. Bhattacharya for CPI(ML) Liberation from U-90, Shakarpur, Delhi-92; printed at Bol Publication, R-18/2, Ramesh Park, Laxmi Nagar, Delhi-92; Phone:22521067; fax: 22442790, e-mail: mlupdate, website: www.cpiml.org

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