Murder of Lalit Mehta in Palamau
Aimless crime or planned intimidation?
The circumstances of this murder are disturbing. Lalit (aged 36), an active member of the right to food campaign and Gram Swaraj Abhiyan, has been working in this area for more than 15 years on issues related to the right to food and the right to work. He was a very gentle person and his work was widely appreciated. However he was also fearless in exposing corruption and exploitation, and often came in the way of vested interests.
At the time of this incident, Lalit was helping a team of volunteers from
If this murder was an act of intimidation, it did not succeed. Friends and supporters from all over Jharkhand gathered at Vikas Sahyog Kendra on 17 May. They unanimously resolved to continue the campaign against corruption and exploitation in this area.
A public hearing of NREGA will be held in Chhattarpur on 26 May. We appeal to all those who stand in solidarity with Lalit and his work to participate in this event.
Our immediate demands:
(1) CBI enquiry into this incident;
(2) strict action on all the complaints and irregularities emerging from this social audit of NREGA.
Local contact: 06566-290013 (Vikas Sahyog Kendra) or firstname.lastname@example.org