Medha Patkar attacked in West Bengal

Medha Patkar attacked in West Bengal
Medha begins Satyagraha on the highway to Nandigram

NANDIGRAM: Medha Patkar, D Sarkar, Sunanda Sanyal, Tarun Sarkar and others were attacked by CPM cadres and have sustained injuries in West Bengal.
All this was done only to stop Medha Patkar and other activists from entering Nandigram. Medha Patkar was invited by the people of Nandigram after a spate of violence and killing in the area. She has been visiting Nandigram ever since the struggle has started.
We condemn the attitude of the Police who behaved as onlookers and were totally indifferent towards such violent acts by the CPM cadre who were shouting slogans and carrying red flags while breaking cars and beating people.
We the representatives of people's movements, strongly condemn the violent attack on non-violent activists heading towards Nandigram.
At present she along with many activists including Anuradha Talwar of NTUI are sitting on satayagraha on the highway towards Nandigram.
We have always been working together with CPM in other states on various issues, what is it in Nandigram that the Government is so desperate not to allow us to enter Nandigram, and to behave violently with the peaceful activists?
It is ironical that in the state where CPM is ruling, on the one hand there is an attack by its cadre and goons and on the other the police who are supposed to protect the people, are acting indifferent. Is the government hand and glove with the goons?
On one hand, CPM talks about farmers' and marginalized people's rights, but on the other, it hinders the process of struggle through severe state repression. The democratic spaces in West Bengal have almost disappeared.
- Stop killing and attacking peaceful protesters - including residents of Nandigram.
- Investigate the incident of killings and take immediate and appropriate action against the people involved in this violent attack and also against the police who despite being present, did nothing to protect.
- The President, the Prime Minister, Home Minister should take every step to force CPM Govt. and party to lift the siege of Nandigram.
- Compel the Chief Minister of West Bengal to prevent the police and party cadres from entering and capturing Nandigram territory
- Send medical and other help to the area
- Send an All-party team of MPs to investigate and mediate to bring peace and security to the area

Action Alert
Please send faxes to CM and Home Minster West Bengal:

Prime Minster's fax Number- 0 11-23019545 / 011-23016857

CM West Bengal – Fax Number- 033-22145480/ 22141341
Minster of Home Affairs for State Fax Number - 033- 22144052

1 comment:

  1. Ilyas khan Baloch25 February, 2008

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    The current lawyers struggle is highly encouraging and potential for better change but until they change the prevailing socio –political setup their dream will not come true, but their leadership still looking at the people responsible for this mess, Now it is time to change their direction towards change of system and should be Dare to raise their voice for the inevitable socio-political change in Pakistan, to empower the Pakistani , the country belongs too.

    Since the creation of Pakistan the Pakistani people are left at distant from the corridor of power so that the ruling elite can do what they wanted to do in favour of their interest, leaving the Pakistani people at the mercy of circumstances. As this policy is denial of right of Pakistani people to rule their country according to their aspiration and desire to built this country, which can provide equal opportunity to all without any discrimination for the establishment of welfare society. Only the society base on tolerance, equality and justice can be the real guarantee for the prosperous and strong Pakistan there for your intention is invited to the crucial movement which could be the point of distraction or disaster.

    The only way out of these crucial circumstances is the only way to empower the common Pakistani at grass route level i.e. the change of system. This change is inevitable for the prosperous Pakistan .As a citizen of this country I have try to provide an alternate socio-political system to empower the masses at grass route level for rapid industrial and agriculture development with transparency and accountability in the system. Along with basic guarantees for the creation of welfare state, where in public representative and institution shall be answerable and accountable to the masses.

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    Ilyas khan Baloch
    Organizer Islamic Democratic Party