NAPM and Delhi Solidarity Team meets Kanhar leader Gambhira Prasad in Mirzapur Jail
Release Gambhira prasad, Rajkumari and Pankaj GautamDalit and Tribal leadership of Kanhar struggle
A team from Delhi Solidarity Group, NAPM and AIUFWP meets Kanhar leader Gambhira prasad in Mirzapur Jail on the complaint received that activists were victimized in Jail. Sanjeev Kumar, Vimal Bhai, Rajnish Gambhir, Mujahid Nafees and Matadyal meets Gambhira Prasad in Jail on 29th May 2015.
The team found that all the kanhar activists were okay in the jail, they were not victimized but the food and other arrangements were not proper. The team had a comfortable time with the leader Gambhira who was very much spirited and full of zeal said that he will not leave the movement and will not allow the illegal land acquisition.
He is also confident that he will soon get bail and than again he will start a new struggle from kanhar valley.
The team was only allowed to meet Gambhira Prasad the other saathis Pankaj gautam, Ashrafi, yadav, Lakshman Bhuiya and Rajkumari were not allowed to meet with the team.
But Gambhira reported that all were fine and they were not much problems except food. Team provided all the press clipps and letters written by Medha Patkar, AIUFWP to CM and other relevant documents to Gambhira so that they could know what has been happening outside.
The activists in Jail are determined to continue the struggle and fight unto the last. On 1st June Irrigation Minister Shivpal Yadav is visiting kanhar valley to inspect the work and also inaugurate further work ( that is illegal according to the NGT order also).
The adminstration does’nt want Gambhira to be released before his visit.
The next date of the bail hearing is on 2nd June. The struggle continues and our demand too that all the leaders of Kanhar should be released as soon as possible.
As you are aware that in kanhar valley people fighting against the illegal land acquisition and anti big dam protest were suppressed brutally by police firing on 14th an 18th April in district Sonbhadra UP. Various leading activists are languishing in Mirzapur jail including Gambhira Prasad, Rajkumari, Pankaj Bharati, Lakshman Bhuiya, Asharfi yadav. They are being treated badly in jail even worst than a criminal. The district administration is taking full revenge from dalit and adivasi leadership and has openly said they will rot in jail for rest of their lives for leading the struggle against kanhar dam and not allowing the administration to take the possession of the land. Their bail is being denied from the local session court and neither they are allowed to meet anyone other their family members.
- Gambhira prasad was picked up illegally from Allahabad and he is in jail since 21st April 2015 – the entire case posted by AHRC is given below.
- Asharfi yadav and lakshman bhuiya were picked from Varanasi on 14th april when they had gone to admit injured Aklu Chero who was hit by bullet on his upper chest. These two were literally kidnapped from Sir sundarlal hospital where Aklu Chero was admitted in the evening of 14th april. Even Aklu was not informed of their where abouts. When the villagers and their family members started searching them after two days than DM sonbhadra informed Arundhati Dhuru, convenor NAPM that both of them are in jail. Police is filling case after case on these activists proving them dreaded criminals.
- Our leading activist Rajkumari has also been illegally arrested on 20th April 2015. She has been instrumental in fighting against the tyranny of Forest Department(FD) and has played an important role in implementation of Forest Rights Act in the region. The old cases that were filed by FD were invoked and she is also being denied bail. Whereas according to FRA the cases filed by FD was to produced as proof of their residence in filing their claims and these cases should have been dropped to undo the “historical injustice”. But Police administration is violating all laws and insulting our august Parliament by invoking all old cases and intimidating tribals and making their criminal history. Rajkumari health is in very bad condition, she is being harrassed in jail, not given proper food and jail authorities forcing her to work hard in that ill health.
- Pankaj Bharati a very young aspiring committed dalit activist in his early twenties and a panchayat mitra who has al through led the anti big dam peacefully was suspended by DM due to participation in movement activities and has been illegally framed with false cases. He is also languishing in jail and not allowed to meet anyone.