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Arrest of farmer-leader of anti-DSIR struggle

Jameen Adhikar Andolan – Gujarat (JAAG)
A-302, Sharan Residency-1, Near Lohana Chhatralaya, Vasna, Ahmedabad

Date: 27th March 2014

DSIR: Arrest of farmer-leader of anti-DSIR struggle: Political pressure to suppress a non-political movement

As you are aware, the farmers of Dholera area have been agitating against the SIR. Shri Rajbha Chudasma has been a prominent leader of this agitation. In a complete non-issue (described in the box below) the police has acted to arrest him. Since the matter was resolved and he was arrested after this on false charges, we are led to believe that this is being done at the behest of political masters who are threatened by the agitation. We are of the firm conviction that this is being done to threaten the movement and the farmers before the sammelan of the 29th, proving that the claims of the government are hollow and that a mere gathering of the farmers and dissenters can throw the government off-balance and scared.

We have sent the following letter to the Chief Electoral Officer of Gujarat Ms. Anita Karwal demanding an independent inquiry into the incident to ascertain the truth of the matter. We request you or your organisation to do as well which will help to lend added pressure for the inquiry.

Pradhyumansinh Chudasma Sagar Rabari
9426454698 9409307693
Jameen Adhikar Aandolan – Gujarat (JAAG)

To,
Ms. Anita Karwal,
Chief Electoral Officer, Gujarat,
Office of the Chief Electoral Officer, Gujarat State,
General Administration Department,
Block No. 7, Second Floor, Sachivalaya, Gandhinagar

Re.: Arrest of farmer-leader of anti-DSIR struggle: Political pressure to suppress a non-political movement

Dear Ms. Karwal,

We the leaders of JAAG wish to bring to your attention a serious electoral malpractice. Shri Rajbha Chudasma is a farmer-leader spearheading the farmers’ struggle against the Dholera SIR. On 25th March 2014 there was a minor altercation following a misunderstanding between two or three local communities. Shri Rajbha Chudasma, being a respected leader of the area, intervened in the matter and effected a compromise and the matter was amicably resolved. However, on the morning of 26th March 2014, around 3 a.m. the police arrived at this house and arrested him on false charges and took him to the Dhandhuka Police Station. He has since been kept there.

This is a non-political struggle that Shri Chudasma is part of and we suspect that he has been implicated by the police who is acting on orders of some political leaders. Otherwise there was no reason to arrest him at all. We suspect this to be a political ploy to intimidate and threaten Shri Chudasma and the farmers of the area and to suppress the farmers’ movement.

We are writing this to you to acquaint you of the matter and demand an independent inquiry into the incident and to find out where, why and from whom the orders for the arrest were given.

We request your urgent attention in this matter. Looking forward to your prompt action,

Yours sincerely,

Pradhyumansinh Chudasma Sagar Rabari
9426454698 9409307693
Jameen Adhikar Aandolan – Gujarat (JAAG)

CC.:

Shri Ashwini Kumar (IAS)
Special Chief Electoral Officer
ashwinikumariasoffice@gmail.com

Shri. A. H. Manek
Additional Chief Electoral Officer
ashokmanekoffice@gmail.com

Shri. Lalit Padalia (IAS)
Additional Chief Electoral Officer
lalitpadaliaoffice@gmail.com

Smt. Ardra Agrawal (IAS)
Joint Chief Electoral Officer
ardraoffice@gmail.com

Shri. Jaydeep Dvivedi
Joint Chief Electoral Officer
jtceo-guj@nic.in

Shri. M Goriya
Deputy Secretary
mgoriyaoffice@gmail.com

Shri N.D.Acharya
Under Secretary
dyceo-guj@nic.in

Shri. Ronak Mehta
Under Secretary
usceo-guj@nic.in

Shri. Hashmukh Thakker
Under Secretary
hmthakkeroffice@gmail.com

Shri. Himanshu Parekh
Deputy Collector
Fax: 079-23250324

Shri.R M Pandya
Deputy Collector
Fax: 079-23250324

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