Dear Freinds,
This is to inform you all that the police in Chandrapur has illegally arrested Sarang Davekar, a member of the national committee and steeting committee of NFFPFW from Maharashtra last night. He has been actively involved in opposing displacement of forest dwellers from Tadoba National Park in Chandrapur district for past many years. Early information from the field suggests that the Forest Department had been coercing people to take Rs.10 lakh as compensation and leave the forest to which people had been opposing. Of late, the forest department officials were coming to the village in the night and threatening people in many ways. Sarang Davekar alongwith people in the area were protesting this coercion and threats by the forest department. The Forest Department in turn got the police to take action and the police went to the area and arrested Sarang. There is no information where he has been taken and what are the charges put against him.
This is to call upon you all to call up the District Collector and the SP of Chandrapur district and demand his immediate release.
The contact details of the officials are as follows:
1- District Collector- Vijay Waghmare
07172- 255300/ 255200
2- Superintendent of Police – Suvej Huq
07172- 255100/ 255202
We will send you further details as soon as we receive more details fromthe field.
In solidarity,
Manohar Kothekar & Alistar Bodra
“Protect Livelihoods – Protect Resources”
National Forum of Forest People and Forest Workers (NFFPFW)
A-B / 1, Abhilasha Apartment, 11, Purulia Road
Ranchi, Jharkhand – 834001, India
Phone – 91 – 651 – 2532067


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