BHOLA YADAV (Amelia village, Singrauli, MP) interviewd by Virendra Singh on how he was ill treated at the village health camp by Mahan Coal Ltd.
“I went to the health camp today. I got checked by the doctor and told him I had a headache. He gave me a syrup and medicines for the headache, and kept the prescription with him. So I told him to give me the prescription but he said that the prescription is filed there itself. I asked him to answer me if the prescription stays with the patient or the doctor. He told me – ‘No! The prescription stays in the office’. So, I said – ‘okay! No problem, Sir! Thank you’.
On the other hand, I also wanted someone in my family to get operated on for appendicitis. I spoke to Vijay Yadav sir to try and get some support from the company and he said – ‘First help me win the Gram Sabha and then your task will be successful’. When we have illnesses now we are told that we should help them win the Gram Sabha and only then will they listen to us. But this is against the law.
“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 : email@example.com
ANITA KUSHWAHA – vil. Budher, post Jamghadi, Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh:
“On July 1st, we villagers went to protest against the company’s surreptitious works in the forest. A company broker and Forest Beat Guard- Dinesh Ratnakar tried throwing stones at us; but the labors working there took the stones from their hands. Dinesh Ratnakar threatened us saying, ‘this is my forest and I allow company to work here. Anyone coming to stop the work here would be a criminal, and I can kill that person!’He also tried to take the men and women to Bandhaura police station.
We told Dinesh that protecting our forest is our right and we won’t let any company take it!
The women with me, whom the Beat Guard tried to physically assault were Basanti, Ramkali, Shivkumari, Samdhariya-ji. I request all of you listeners and friends of Radio Sangharsh, help stop atrocities on women in Mahan. ”
Call the Forest Beat Guard – Dinest Ratnakar @ 7509318977. Give him a piece of mind on how to treat women and what the law can do to the violators!
National Women’s Commission Complaints Cell:011-23219750,011-23213419,011-23236153
Call the Women Protection Cell at 9425841437 and mail – firstname.lastname@example.org Demand an action on this Government employee assaulting women.
Report this to District Magistrate – M. Salvendran, phone – 07805 (234541), 07805(244110), email@example.com
Talk to Anita and know more about the incident – 8718939145
KRIPANATH YADAV, (Mahan Sangharsh Samiti) Ameliya vil. Singrauli dst. M.P :
“ We are against the proposed coal extraction plan in the Mahan forests. This forest is the sustaining force of all life forms in and around it and our only source of livelihood for 62 villages!
We are facing severe hostility because of the opposition we are posing to the mining project. The company brokers are people from our village only. They frequently keep threatening us with slapping us with false charges (mainly using article 376 of the IPC, besides others)! Only recently they got four few of our fellow activists (Bechanlal, Vijay Shankar Singh, Akshay Gupta, Vineet Gupta) arrested on false charges. Eventually we got them released on bail. But this ‘false charges’ threats just don’t stop!
I repeatedly appeal to the listeners to spread our message far and wide, among state, national-international governments, across different nations and places, every opportunity you get and to support us in our fight to save Mahan and ensure that the perpetrators are dealt with legal actions.”
Call Kripanath to know more details on this – 09753939429
Call the following officials and demand an action:
Collector & District Magistrate: Shri M. Selvendran – 09425821181, 07805234541, 07805244110, email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional District Magistrate : Shri Dilip Kumar : 07805234613
Sub Divisional Magistrate(SDM) : Shri Ashish Pathak : 07805-233225
Chief Executive Officer(CEO, Zilla Panchayat) : Shri A. Tiwari : 07805-233201
Supdt. of Police : Shri D. Kalyan Chakravarti (IPS) : 07805-234601
VIRENDRA KR. SINGH (Citizen Journalist) from SINGRAULI, MADHYA PRADESH:
“More than hundred men and women of Mahan Sangharsh Samiti (MSS) protested and stopped Mahan Coal Ltd (MCL) from numbering trees in the forest. This happened on 23rd June. MSS members told MCL not to come back for numbering trees till the rights of the villagers are enforced.”
Call Virendra @9669653827 to know details on this.
Anita kushwaha form Budher village (P.S.- Sarai, District- Singrauli) is reporting the atrocities of Vyasjee Jaiswal, a middle man of Mahan Coal Ltd. The company is constructing pillars in the forest for which it needed laborers from the villagers, but the people denied to work for MCL saying that “our livelihood is wholly dependent on this forest, how can we help someone from snatching it from us?”
MCL had no alternative for labors hence, Vyashjee, drags the minors forcefully from the village to the construction site and coerce them to work. If any woman is found to be alone in house, Vyashjee Jaiswal along with Sitaram Gond, enters the house and they beat & threaten the woman. To know more about the issue, Call Anita : 8718939145
Help the people of Budher by reporting this to :
D Kalyan Chakravarti[Supdt. of Police - Singrauli] Office- 07805 (234601)
Child Labour cell: email@example.com
Women’s security cell & helpline: 09425841437
National Women’s Commission Complaints Cell:011-23219750
Shri M.Selvendran (IAS),Collector & DM, Phone-07805 (234541), 07805(244110) Mail Idfirstname.lastname@example.org
Some people from Mahan Coal ltd have been taking over the control of the Govt.School of Amelia village for all the wrong reasons! They lure the children out of the class and take them out to some other room to show videos, television etc. Whenever some concerned villagers opposes this, the MCL people abuse and threaten them. Shivakant, Pratibha, Krishna Sahu are involved in it. This is a serious issue and the reporter demands an end to this immediately, to ensure that the children of the villages do what they are supposed to do in the school – study! A report by Kripanath yadav from Village Amelia, Tehsil mada, District Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh.
You can call Kripanath for more details @ 9753939429
Call the District Magistrate M.Salvendran @ 9425821181 to put an end to this!
Rajendra Kumar Saket (member – Mahan Sangharsh Samiti) expresses his disgust about Mahan Coal ltd’s many faces of atrocities in his village Amelia. The company is forcing people to acquire their land for mining. Nowadays, the company people are clicking photos of the villagers without stating any legal reason. Rajendra (like many others) is determined that whatever comes, he would not let go of the Jal-Jangal-Jameen (water-forest-land). Even if he has to sacrifice his life, he is ready to do so, to save Mahan from destruction!
You can contact Rajendra @ 9713753460
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