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Over 60,000 demonstrators gather at a protest against the nuclear industry at Shiba Park in Tokyo, Japan.

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Sheetal Sathe granted bail at last !

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Sheetal Sathe of the Kabir Kala Manch (KKM) was granted bail this morning by Justice Abhay Thipsay of the Bombay High Court. The move has come as a major relief for all those who have been fighting for her release especially in view of the fact that she is over 8 months pregnant and the Sessions Court had denied her bail.

It will be recalled that the KKM, a dalit and working class cultural troupe from Pune had gone underground after the Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) arrested one of their members, Deepak Dengle and had begun describing the group as“Naxalites”. Deepak was tortured in prison but released on bail after a year and a half along with 5 others when the Bombay High Court ruled that there were no grounds to keep them in jail even under the draconian provisions of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

On April 2, 2013 emboldened by the court ruling, Sheetal Sathe and her husband Sachin Mali of the KKM voluntarily gave themselves up to the authorities in an act of satyagraha for the freedom of expression. A month later Sagar Gorkhe, Ramesh Gaichor, Jyoti Jagtap and Rupali Jadhav of the KKM also did a satyagraha in public, declaring that they had done no wrong and had come overground after getting confidence that civil society was willing to stand up for them.

The Kabir Kala Manch Defence Committee (KKMDC) formed after KKM went underground wishes to thank all those persons and organizations across India and abroad who sent letters and faxes and made phone calls to the government and the ATS. It really is through your efforts alone that the government realized that keeping the KKM unjustly in prison carries a price.

KKMDC will soon move the court to release remaining members of the KKM. We will need your continued support so that sooner rather than later, we hear them sing their songs of freedom and justice again.

Anand Patwardhan
for Kabir Kala Manch Defence Committee

Pregnant Kabir Kala Manch member gets bail
Express news service : Mumbai, Fri Jun 28 2013, 02:51 hrs

Bombay High Court granted bail Thursday to Sheetal Sathe, member of radical music group Kabir Kala Manch (KKM). She and husband Sachin Mali had courted arrest in April.

Eight-and-a-half months pregnant Sathe had sought bail saying she was losing weight as jail food was not suited to her condition. public prosecutor Rohini Salian did not oppose.

Salian told court the chargesheet in the case was likely to be filed on June 29.

Sathe had sought bail also stating that there was no evidence to show she had links with Naxalites, as alleged by the prosecution.

She and Mali had gone underground after the arrest of four KKM members in 2010 for allegedly aiding and abetting Naxal activities.

ATS claimed when underground, Sathe was in touch with Angela Sontakke, an alleged Naxalite and wife of CPI (M) state committee secretary Milind Teltumbde who was arrested in 2010. It said the couple courted arrest on April 2 following the release of the KKM member on bail.

Chhattisgarh lawyer, client charged with sedition walk free
Suvojit Bagchi, The Hindu, Raipur, June 28, 2013

Advocate from central Chhattisgarh has been slapped with the same charges that of her clients

Rarely in judicial history has an advocate been slapped with the same charges as that of her clients. But such was the case of Rekha Parghaniya – a lawyer and a human rights activist from central Chhattisgarh. She was arrested and charged with sedition and put in the same prison with her client, Rashmi Verma, a middle aged housewife arrested for “excit(ing) disaffection towards the Government.”

Ms. Parghaniya was defending Ms. Verma and her husband Bhola Bag, a contractual worker, who was booked with sedition as well. All three of them were also charged under Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act, 2005 (CSPSA) for allegedly abetting the outlawed CPI-Maoist. They were acquitted by the district court of Durg on Wednesday.

Bhola Bag and Rashmi Verma were arrested on basis of a statement made by Sarita, an alleged Maoist cadre. She, in her statement to the Sarguja district police, allegedly claimed that she stayed with Mr. Bag and Ms. Verma while working for the underground party. The couple were arrested in February, 2009 and eventually charged under an 1860 Act of Indian Penal Code (IPC) for “excit(ing) disaffection towards the Government” and Section 8/1, 8/3 and 8/5 of CSPSA, 2005 for helping an ‘unlawful organisation.’

“What triggered the arrest of Ms. Parghaniya was the arrest of her husband in Kolkata,” said one of her lawyers, Sadiq Ali. Ms. Parghaniya’s husband, Deepak, was arrested in Kolkata earlier in 2012 for allegedly helping a unit of the Maoists to manufacture small arms. Maoist Central Committee did acknowledge Mr. Parghaniya as one of their “comrades” in a release issued on March 2, 2012. “Ms. Parghaniya was arrested just for being the wife of Mr. Parghaniya whom she last met several years ago,” said Mr. Ali.

A team of CPI (ML)’s women wing, AIPWA visited Ms. Parghaniya in Durg central jail and questioned the arrest. “…incriminating documents seized by the police from Rekha’s house include literature by Bhagat Singh, Marx, Engels and Bertolt Brecht, as well as some folders on the history of the workers’ movement,” said the AIPWA release. “The AIPWA team led by Lakshmi Krishnan was severely interrogated before they were allowed to talk to the women who were projected as big time Maoist guerrillas,” said State secretary of CPI (ML) Brajen Tiwari.

The couple were implicated as Mr. Parghaniya, ostensibly, arranged for some contractual work for Bhola Bag in Bhilai Steel Plant before he left Durg. “Allegedly, they were consolidating the urban network of the Maoists,” said Mr. Ali. While all three were booked by police under same sections of IPC and CSPSA, Ms. Parghaniya was kept out of sedition when charges were finally framed. “Since the permission was not sought by police from home department before slapping 124/A,” said Mr Ali.

The judgment said that the evidences were not sufficient to convict Mr. Bag and Ms. Verma. Ms. Parghaniya was acquitted as the two main witnesses were not present during the seizure, which was the important evidence against her. “Even the investigating officer said there were hardly any incriminating documents, other than few leftist magazines,” said Mr. Ali.

Rekha Parghaniya walked free on Wednesday night and managed to win freedom for her clients as well.

Two convicted in Naxal related case
Staff Reporter, The Hindu, June 26, 2013

CPI (Maoist) member acquitted in the case

A fast track court in Nagpur on Wednesday acquitted Angela Sontakke, the alleged Maharashtra State Committee member of the CPI (Maoist) in a Naxal related case but convicted two others under the Arms act and the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

In August 2007, police arrested Vernon Gonsalvis and Sridhar Shrinivasan from Mumbai on the charges of having links with the Naxals.

Angela Sontakke, who was arrested from Thane in April 2011, was also named in this case by the police.

Angela is the wife of Milind Teltumbde, the Maharashtra area secretary of the CPI (Maoist).

The police had claimed to have recovered detonators, a hand grenade, two firearms, 20 gelatin sticks, laptops, pen drive, mobile phones and ‘banned literature’ from the duo when they were arrested from Govandi area in Mumbai.

The accused were charged for offenses punishable under Section 120-B,121-A of the Indian Penal Code, 10,13,16,17,18, 20, 23 and 40 of the UAPA, Section 3 of Arms Act, Section 6 and 9(B) of the Explosives Act and Section 3,4,5 of Explosive Substance Act.

“Angela has been acquitted in this case. Vernon and Sridhar have been sentenced under the arms act and section 10 and 13 of the (UAPA). Sridhar has also been convicted under the Explosives Act and given six years of imprisonment” Surendra Gadling, counsel for the accused, told The Hindu.

“Shridhar and Vernon have been acquitted from section 16, 17, 18,20,23,40 of the UAPA which shows that they have been acquitted from the charges of being associated with any of the banned organizations” pointed out Mr. Gadling .

Vernon Gonsalvis who was sentenced for five years imprisonment on Wednesday, would walk free on Thursday because he had already spent five years and 10 months in Jail, Mr. Gadling said and added that the court acquitted the duo from charges of waging war against the State and they were also not found involved in any terror activities.

Shridhar has also spent more than five years in Jail and will be sent back to jail to serve remaining term of his six years sentence.

Angela Sontakke is facing five more cases under different sections and she is currently in Byculla jail in Mumbai.


Alternative Radio — India: David vs. Goliath

The Biblical story needs no recounting. In parts of India today various Davids confront the goliath of the Indian state and large corporations. The people fighting back are poor, rural and marginalized. Many are Adivasi, indigenous. Some of the resistance groups, called Maoist or Naxalite, believe in armed struggle. Others are using Gandhian tactics of civil disobedience and non-violence. Arundhati Roy, the well-known writer and activist describes the situation, “People are being driven off their lands by mining companies, steel plants, dams, and other mega-projects. They are putting their bodies on the line to prevent the takeover of their lands and the destruction of their culture and environment. And as the water tables are dropping and the minerals that remain in the mountains are being taken out, we are going to confront a crisis from which we cannot return.”


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Monsanto Found Guilty of Chemical Poisoning in France | Political Blind Spot

I am alive today, but part of the farming population is going to be sacrificed and is going to die because of this,” Francois, 47, told Reuters.

In 2007 France banned the Lasso pesticide following a European Union directive that came after the ban of the product in other nations. Another push for other countries to do the same.

Monsanto Found Guilty of Chemical Poisoning in France | Political Blind Spot.

General VK Singh to lead protest at Gorakhpur nuclear power plant – The Times of India

Former Army chief General V K Singh announced on Thursday to intensify protests against the nuclear power plant coming up at Gorakhpur village of Fatehabad district. Gen Singh will lead the ParmanuVirodhiMorcha, a group of non-government organisations NGOs, against the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited NCPIL for developing the project.

via General VK Singh to lead protest at Gorakhpur nuclear power plant – The Times of India.

Mutts, Dharamshalas, religious bodies and Corporate foundations get biggest foreign funding

“Nearly 19 per cent Rs 1276.56 crore of the foreign funds are pumped into education sector and religious bodies.”We were told by the government that money to the tune of Rs 10,500 crore were entering India in this sector.”We have been asking for the details but it is only in the last two years that we have had the detailed report from them and it clearly reveals who is getting the major funding from abroad,” VANI CEO Harsh Jaitli said.”It is the religious bodies like mutts, dharamshalas, churches, religious foundations, corporate foundations, private schools hospitals etc, which are getting the major fund,” Jaitli claimed.

via Religious and education sectors get biggest foreign funding – The Economic Times.