Archives for May 2014

People breathing poison in Anpara

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Gaiman Kannaujiya (Anpara, Dist. Sonebhadra, U.P.) is reporting about the people’s suffering due to high level of pollution from companies like- Anpara Coal Mines, HINDALCo, Lanco etc., the most troublesome for them is the Lanco Power plant working whole nights, continuosly precipitating layers of coal dust on everything – making it hard for the people to breathe and do other daily works. He is requesting the listeners of radio Sangharsh to build pressure on the following to make the companies reduce the pollution.
Call Gaiman @9628141516  for more details on the pollution.
Contact the following to help notify LANCO and Pollution Control Board, UP
Uttar pradesh Pollution Control Board, Lucknow, Phone: +91-522-2720831, 2720681, 2720691; Fax : +91-522-2720764; E-mail : info@uppcb.com
Lanco Plant office: Gate No. 03, Anpara, P.O. Anpara, Sonebhadra District, Uttar Pradesh, Phone +91-5446-272102, Fax +91-5446-275091, Email- anpara.site@lancogroup.com

The dismayed faces of Mahan!

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Avinash Chanchal form Mahan Sangharsh Samiti is reporting the dismay of local people. The Tendu season has arrived and people are busy now collecting the tendu leaves. Every evening, these people, after collecting the tendu leaves, go to “Van Samities” and get their leaves counted. This season the people going to collect tendu, are sad and troubled as the Government has given their forest for coal mining. Mahan forest, which is the source of fresh air, water, firewood, medicines, Tendu, Chiraunji and Mahua, will be destroyed if the mining starts. It will also destroy the livelihood of the thousands of the people dependent on the forest.
Mr. Avinash is requesting the Government of India and the Madhya Pradesh administration to stop this from happening and save the lives.
More more details, call Avinash at 08359826363

M.P. Government commits to ‘no tree felling in Mahan till October’ in National Green Tribunal

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Mahan is one of the oldest and most important forests in Asia. Mahan forest is the source of livelihood of thousands from about 54 villages in and around. But Mahan has been in trouble because of already established power corporations and more who are trying to establish themselves wiping out the forest for coal mining. These companies’ existence and agenda made the local people’s lives difficult in every aspect. From last three years, organisations like Greenpeace and Mahan Sangharsh Samiti have been working to save this forest from these companies. Yesterday the campaign achieved a milestone for now – as M.P. Government ordered not to cut any tree in Mahan till October in The National Green Tribunal Court . A member of Mahan Sangharsh Samiti told that though its a temporary good news, but this respite brings new hopes for a continued and stronger struggle to save Mahan forest. – Report by Vivek Goyal, Waidhan-Singrauli. To know more Call Vivek – 7838034539

Villagers are robbed off their forest, warned by cops against protesting!

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Raghunath Singh (Vil. Godwani, M.P) is reporting about the destruction of people’s livelihood in his village. The Mahua, Sarai and Tendu trees, the produces of which people earn from and survive on, are being cut by the company. The administration and the government, altogether, are breaking the backbones of the poor people as- when people raise their voice, they warn that the villagers would not get either of the plot or the compensation and also might be jailed. The people have no clue on how to deal with it. People have been living here since ages, they earn from this forest and don’t want to leave it. Apart from trashing the forest, the companies have erected towers on either sides of Raghunath’s house which, 24*7 , produces such loud and irritating noise that people can’t  take the fingers off their ears.
“But”, Raghunath says, “we are still living here and we will continue living here and here only.” He requests the Radio Sangharsh listeners to spread his message to every nook and corner of India. Raghunath is from Mithaura tola of Godwani village, P.O. Karsualal, P.S.- Sarai, Tehsil and district- Singrauli of Madhya Pradesh.

Call the DFO @ 9425793525 and ask an explanation to this threats given to villagers Fax-268617
To know more, Call Raghunath Singh-7771026955

“all the Mahua trees in Mahan forest probably produce in a year the worth of a company that’s trying to cut them!”

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Ajay Gujjar says the above with a humor. He elucidates that the people in Mahan are self sufficient for generations, earning enough to run their families and most importantly, they are happy. Looking at the compensations that displaced people received in some cases, people know by now that if they agree to give away their forest, they will have nothing but stripped to bankruptcy of everything that they have. Ajay says that the companies can be wherever they are from, they should not enter Mahan. People in Mahan don’t want their money, benefits, nothing! He requests the audience of Radio Sagharsh to spread his message. – Ajay Gujjar is from Bandha Village of Singrauli district in M.P.
Call Ajay to know more about what’s happening – 8224847472

Story of the Forest Four and what police can try to get one pinned!

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Inspiring share from Akshay Gupta about his arrest (along with 3 other activists Vineet, Vijay Shankar and Bechanlal) and the violations of law by the police in Singrauli! Police arrested the four activists without any warrant, didn’t tell what was the reason for the arrest and where they were being taken to! In the morning, Mahendra Singh (Officer in Charge Bandhaura police station) asked Akshay to sign false confessions and when Akshay declined to do so, the police beat him up. Two company people – Vijay Yadav and Arvind Tiwari sat the whole night with the police to file false charges against the activists. Now three activists got bail. Bechanlal didn’t get bail because police hadn’t sent his diary to Jabalpur high court. Akshay says that he doesn’t mind going to the jail again. He says that the time has come to raise the voices of peaceful protest louder, everywhere! “Ladenge, Jitenge”

Police stops villagers to attend public protest meeting

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Mahendra Sharma (OC of Bandhaura Police station) warned and stopped Kanchan Saket (Village Bandhaura) from attending the public protest in Waidhan. This protest was held to demand freedom of jailed activist Bechanlal and raise voice against questionable role of Police and Administration in Mahan area. Mahendra Sharma (OC) told Kanchan to not attend the protest and that Mahendra would arrange for a Gramsabha to get him an agreement! – Interview by Virendra Singh.
To know more about this threat and false statements from Police, call Virendra at +91 8120487266

“Give us hope to make our fight to save Bandha stronger!”

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Bandha is a small village in Mahan forest area. Administration & companies are up to destroy Bandha and many such villages. The villagers are dependent on forest produce for their livelihood. To name a couple, medicine, tasty fruits etc. Jivendra Singh Gurjar from Bandha says, “we don’t need any companies here in Mahan forest and don’t need any help from them. We are happy with whatever we have here in Mahan.”
Jivendra asks us to spread the message nationwide to bring hope into the villagers’ fight to save their land.
Call Vijendra for more information on this: 9826616257

NCL acquiring land in Jodhgarh, what’s the compensation?

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NCL is acquiring the 74 acre land in village Jodhgarh. Land acquisition officer has already acquired the land. People are suffering because of this. Ramkripal Gurjar (Village Jodhgarh, Thana Barigavan, Tehsil Deosar, Dist. Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh) is appealing for help so that they can stop NCL from displacing the people. He also says that if NCL is acquiring people’s land then they must maintain the transparency, give reasonable compensation and other basic facilities to the people.
Call Mr. Ramkripal Gujjar for more information- 09617878800
Call Upendra Singh Chauhan, Tehsildar, Deosar and demand info on what compensation would the people get from NCL – 07801-28244 / 09630252900

Call the authority to solve Amelia’s water crisis due to out of order handpumps

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Four out of order handpumps are causing people in Amelia and neighboring areas suffer from water scarcity. In this scorching summer, its been one and a half months and no officer from the concerned authority has visited these places to repair the handpumps! Virendra mentions the handpumps near Deeh Baba, Matukklal Yadav’s residence and Budher Chanda among a few more out of order handpumps. Report by – Virendra Kr Singh from Amelia village (Post – Karsualal, Tehsil – Mada, District – Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh)
You, who read this post, imagine not finding any water around and throat drying of thirst, in this summer. Now, please help the people of Amelia get water. Call the Water Resource Dpt. / Collector and ask him to repair the handpumps immediately! More calls going to them, makes them act faster. Access to clean water is a basic human right.

Collector – M. Salvendran -  +91 9425821181
District Coordinator/Executive Engineer – ShayamLal Dhurvey- 8989208570/07805281959
Water Resource Department – R. K Tiwari, executive – +91 9752539221
For more details, call Virendra – +91 8120487266

 

Public protest demanding arrested activist Bechanlal’s release

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Vivek Goyal reporting from Waidhan -  On 19th May, 2014, the people of Mahan Area came together to protest against the continued detention of Bechanlal Shah, a member of Mahan Sangharsh Samiti, and  the increasing police & administration’s heavy-handed treatment of the social workers. The protest was held peacefully in front of the district headquarters of Collector, Singrauli.
This was an aftermath of 7th May when the Bandhaura Police along with the Mada Police, did an illegal raid at the guesthouse of Greenpeace and arrested 4 members of the Mahan Sangharsh Samiti without any clearance. Out of the 4 arrested members, 3 were released on bail, but Bechanlal Shah’s detention continues.
This arrest of the members of the Samiti sowed a seed of angst in the people of this area against the police administration. The Samiti said- “for last 3 months, Police has been delaying to take our FIR against the signature forgery at gram sabha. But when it comes to arrest the activists for protecting forest, cases against us get lodged in no time! This makes it clear that the administration is trying to suppress public voice against the coal miners and the corporate. Member from Adivasi Visthapit Ekta Manch said, “Its ironic how the saviour of people are against them and are trying to protect the corporate industries.”
The people at the protest pledged to protect the forest from these corporates and local administration, so that the earth in future, could be a safe place to live in. For more details call Vivek- 07838034549

Mada police station not doing their job, now the SP seems inactive too

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Hiramani Singh reporting again against the police’s inaction to public complaints. On 22nd February-  villagers from Amelia filed complaint at Mada police station against the fraud on 1125 signatures in Gramsabha. The Police had told that they would take 10 days for inquiry. But nothing happened in 60 days! Then Hiramani files a memorandum to the S.P – D Chakravarty in April and SP told that he would investigate the proceedings from Mada Police station. Its been 3 weeks since then and he too didn’t get back to the villagers yet.
Heeramani says that if S.P wouldn’t solve people’s problems, he would go to any length, all the courts, to get the law take strong action against the perpetrators of the fraud. He will not leave his forest and land.
Hiramani (Amelia village, Singrauli dst., Madhya Pradesh) urges the readers to build more pressure on the police to act. Call him to know more about the fraud @ +91 8819969406
Call the Superintendent of Police – D. Chakravarty and demand an action @ +919479998880 , to help the victims of this conspired fraud save their lands and Mahan forest!

Coal mining and life’s woes in Muher

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Santosh Kr. Jaiswal is reporting about people’s distress after displacement for coal mining in  Muher village. Villagers were supposed to get a compensation of 17 lakhs per acre, but what they actually got was just 3 lakh for the same! The rest of the money (14 Lakhs/acre) was vanished and no enquiry has been done for this ever. That’s just a part of the misery. Muher is in Singrauli dst. of Madhya Pradesh. .

The company committed places for displaced villagers to stay. It’s been 5 years since then, people didn’t get any such plot of land and on the other hand mining has already started in the village. “Where will we live now?” Santosh asks. People in Muher farm to earn their livelihoods. But the crops are destroyed by the dust from coal mining. Water scarcity is severe because the mining blasts had sent the water level down. Santosh says, “the forest belongs to us and the companies are making money destroying it. While acquiring the land the company said that it’ll give us employment, but we got nothing! We will die without a place to live. Who will be responsible for our death, Shivraj Singh Chauhan or Indian law?”

Santosh demands an enquiry for both- the compensation and the plot for the poor people. To know more about ground, call Santosh @ 8435647153

Fighting for your rights peacefully, takes you to jail – story of the Forest Four!

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Vivek Goyal reporting the first hand account of the Forest Four. 8th May midnight at 00.00 hrs, police arrested 4 members of Mahan Sangharsh Samiti from the Greenpeace guest house at Waidhan. The activists arrested were Akshay Gupta, Vineet Gupta, Vijay Shankar Singh and Bechanlal Shah. The cops neither showed any arrest warrant, nor did they tell where they were taking the activists to. After 7 long hours MSS members got information that the activists were at Mada police station. Only at 7.30 a.m the police ‘officially’ arrested them and all four of them had been charged under four sections: 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servants from doing their duty), 186 (Obstructing a public servant in discharge of public functions), 392 (punishment for robbery) and 180/14 (refusing to sign a confession). Same day around afternoon they were produced to the court and were ordered to be sent to judicial custody / jail. Arrested activists told that they hadn’t committed any crime and they were protecting their rights peacefully. Vijay Shankar wasn’t even present when the incident of villagers stopping marking of the trees in Mahan had happened. The activists maintained that they are booked wrongfully and they would continue fighting for their rights, even Gandhiji did that and the nation is proud about him! Akshay Gupta informed that he was beaten by the cops were forced to sign some papers at the police station.
9th May 3 activists except Bechanlal Shah were granted bail from the court on Rs. 50000 bail amount. The released activists told that they are sad that Bechanlal wasn’t granted bail and they would move to the high court to get him released. Their Sangharsh would continue and would continue peacefully for protecting the rights. Activism is not a crime!

70 villagers stopped marking of the trees in Mahan forest

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Vivek Goyal reporting from Waidhan. On 5th May, people from the company were marking the trees and their working area in the forest. 70 villagers went to stop this. The police came by then and asked the villagers to let the marking continue. But the villagers told that they would continue resisting because this 2nd stage clearance is given based on 1125 forged signatures in the Gramsabha on 6th March, 2013 (whereas the actual number of villagers present in the Gramsabha was only 184). Villagers say that this 2nd stage clearance is a against the Forest Right Act 2006. Thus, the govt and administration supporting the company is actually a violation of the rights of villagers, tribal and dalits. After a while, the company people and police left their equipments in the forest and went away. Later, the villagers submitted the equipments at Bandhora police station. ‘Sangharsh jaari rahega’
For more updates, call Vivek @ 08966002527

Impact – Amelia Samiti gets their Tendu leaves’ bonus

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Kripanath Yadav (from Amelia vil, Singrauli, MadhyaPradesh) reports an impact of Radio Sangharsh calls. Amelia Samiti didn’t get the Tendu Leaves’ bonus for 2012. They appealed to the Forest Ranger, DFO, Forest Guard, Superintendent etc. but there was no result. Then Kripanath reported this to Radio Sangharsh. After the report, Radio Sangharsh listeners have taken certain initiatives due to which, Kripanath says, in one week’s time Amelia Samiti got their Tendu bonus!
Kripanath thanks you all for this. He concludes that he is a rural citizen journalist and he is armed with a mobile phone. With the phone, he can report people’s problems to Radio Sangharsh that reaches to people outside the village and have chances of getting resolved by pressure from the audience on the stakeholders.

Forceful marking & numbering of the trees in Mahan to cut them

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Anita Kushwaha (from Budher vil, Singrauli, MadhyaPradesh) calling to update about the recent activities in Mahan forest. She says that the coal ltd company has been coming to the forest near Budher and forcefully marking and numbering the trees to cut them. Members from Mahan Sangharsh Samiti went to the forest to stop this numbering. But the District Magistrate M. Salvendran communicated to the people that he himself would be present and get the tree cutting started. Anita appeals to you (audience of Radio Sangharsh) to help get this stopped and save Mahan forest! Call Anita for more details @ 08718939145
Call District Magistrate M. Salvendran @ 9425821181 and ask him to stick his commitment,’A Fresh Gramsabha’and stop the trees – marking in Mahan forest.