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First Hand Account of Arrest of Greenpeace activist at Waidhan, Madhya Pradesh – 2

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- Krishika Raina, Volunteer, Waidhan, Madhya Pradesh

Hi! I am Krishika Raina. I work with Greenpeace India Pune office. I am in Waidhan, Singrauli, MP as a Greenpeace volunteer. This is my first visit here and it has been a wonderful experience to know in detail about the work going on here. But yesterday, 29th July, 2014 was an exceptional day. I witnessed the arrest of Greenpeace activists. I had read about the previous arrests which happened in May but actually witnessing it was really scary. Even though we were anticipating the arrest it was still unnerving when it actually happened. We were given proper briefing and instructions for any situation that would happen but still we were not prepared well enough. I was asleep and suddenly, I was woken up by the commotion that was happening in the living room. When I went to check, I saw 10-12 policemen including two policewomen entering and inspecting the guesthouse at around 12 midnight. We had heard rumours that the entire team would be arrested so it was scary to actually face it. This was my first police inquiry of sorts. But only Akshay and Rahul were taken arrested. At that moment I had mixed feelings. I was kind of relieved that not everyone was taken. I was sad that two of my teammates were taken. But the feeling that dominated all was that of anger. That they were arrested on false charges and I could do nothing about it. I am using this medium, not only to talk about people being arrested for false charges but also to make people realise that it is high time to do something about it, not just to save our forests but also to protect the basic rights of the forest dwellers which are not being given to them by the administration. I also feel proud to be here and to be part of the battle and witness the struggles the people living here go through. To just so that we all can survive. I will definitely go back and mobilise more and more people about this. Thank you! Zindabad!

Brokers taking Mahan Coal Ltd. CEO Ramakant Tiwari’s name to give life threats to villagers

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SETLAL YADAV (Village Amelia, Post Karsualal, Tehsil Mada, Dist- Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh)

“Yesterday, Shivprasad Yadav threatened to kill me. Today another one, Bhola Singh stopped me in front of Dasrath Yadav’s house (Lalchand Sahu was present there) and told, ‘Your life is in danger, why didn’t you give your signature to Ramakant Tiwari?’ I told him that’s because I want to save my land and the forest. Yet again, I got death threat from him. I request the listeners of Radio Sangharsh to take this issue to administration and help save the lives of people like me under threat.”

* fyi-1. Ramakant Tiwari – CEO of Mahan Coal Ltd. (MCL)
* fyi-2. Bhola Singh and Shivprasad Yadav are known in the villages as brokers of the ‘company’

Now, call/mail to report this to the District Magistrate M Salvendran and demand an action against people giving threats to the villagers for not giving their lands to MCL. Phone : 09425821181, 07805234541, 07805244110. email : dmsingrauli@mp.gov.in

Support Mahan Sangharsh Samiti to save Mahan forest and end atrocity on people

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Jagnarayan Shah (Amelia, Singrauli dst.) tells us about the struggle to save Mahan forest. He lives in village area of Singrauli and depends on forest (jal-jangal-jameen) for his livelihood for generations. Forest is a natural resource that never stops supporting lives, now and in the future. But now, companies like Hindalco and Mahan Coal ltd almost bought the local administration, Govt officials and then together, they are forcefully implying their want (to destroy the forest by mining) in the form of torture to villagers. The Villagers formed Mahan Sangharsh Samiti to fight for saving the Mahan forest, the jal-jangal-zameen. He appeals to the audience of Radio Sangharsh to support them to save mahan forest and bring an end to the injustice and atrocity inflicted on the people. For more details contact Jagnarayan Shah – 7566904239

Van Bachao Andolan’ in Jharkhand

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Because of human’s exploitation of the nature, we are now facing various environmental problem and natural calamities. To keep nature restored, five common men became symbol of change by running a unique awareness campaign, “Van Bachao Andolan”, in district Bokaro, Jharkhand, for the past one and half years. Coming from different professions, these ‘pandavas’, on every Sunday, choosing one village each week, organize an awareness camp, where they make villagers understand the importance of nature & forest, then initiate building a “Van Bachao Committee” in the village to secure the ‘Jal – Jungle – Jameen’. So far, they have reached more than 12 villages.

One of them, Chandramohan Mahto told to Radio Sangharsh that the villagers understand the issue and support them. Wherever they had organised sessions, people stopped cutting trees in the forests. But, this initiative is not getting any support from forest department and district administration.

For more information you can contact J.M. Rangeela (reporting the story) – +91 8002242808
To support Van Bachao Andolan, you can call the DC – Umashankar Prasad Singh -9431160001 and DFO – + 91 9431142829.

 

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Help Stop Land Grabbing & Exploitation of the Adivasis!

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Hardayal Singh shares the state of his village, Amelia where there are no communication mediums available, like Television, Radio etc., and is a sheer lack of educational facilities. This has resulted in a state of major illiteracy in the region.  A significant portion of the population consists of tribal, who are unaware of their rights due to illiteracy. The mining companies are taking advantage of this situation and forcefully grabbing their land to fulfill their agenda. People are perplexed as they don’t even know what to do and who to approach to stop this land grabbing. Hardayal appeals to the audience of Radio Sangharsh for support and guidance to solve the pressing problems and looming injustice on the people in his village.

You can speak to Hardayal – 07771008962

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Mahan Forest- My Life-Support

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Sumaru Panika’s life-support is Mahan forest. Every year, he earns around twenty thousand rupees selling forest produce such as Tendu leafs, Mahua, Dori. From getting dry wood for cooking, to grazing his cattle, the forest supports all his life’s needs. Sumaru says, if his forest gets destroyed, his whole life will fall apart (village Ameliya, tehsil Mada, district Singrauli, M.P).

You can contact the interviewer Virendra- 08120487266

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