BAA demands release of Activists
Bhoomi Adhikar Andolan demands immediate release of Com. Roma and Com. Sokalo
Stop police crackdown on people’s peaceful and democratic struggle for their rights!
Bhoomi Adhikar Andolan strongly condemns the arrest of activists Roma, General Secretary of All India Union of Forest Working People (AIUFWP), and Sokalo, Adivasi leader of AIUFWP. They were arrested unjustifiably from Robertsganj, Sonbhadra District, Uttar Pradesh on June 30, 2015 early morning. While many other activists who were arrested were later discharged, Comrade Roma and Comrade Sokalo have been sent to Mirzapur jail. The arrests are clearly a planned tactic by the administration to crush people’s struggle for their rights. It needs to be noted that the arrests were done right before the people’s rally to protest against forcible land acquisition was to take place in Robertganj. However, despite crackdown by the administration and police, the rally was a huge success and saw participation of more than 5,000 farmers, adivasis, dalits and concerned citizens who showed the power of people and resolute to carry on the struggle.
During the last few months, AIUFWP has been organising various mobilisations and protests as part of Bhoomi Adhikar Andolan to challenge the Corporate loot of natural resources and the corrupt nexus between Government-Corporate and the police. It has been holding mass rallies and grassroots programme against the anti-people Land Acquisition Ordinance. People of Sonbhadra have been facing continued repression in the form of open firing at peaceful protesters at Kanhar dam site on Ambedkar Jayanti as well as constant harassment of leaders and activists. On one hand the CM of UP assured people’s organisations that they would try to “minimize conflict” in the area, and on the other hand, they openly target the people’s movements and arrest its leaders. We condemn this double-talk by the Government and urge them to intervene with fair and just approach.
The Bhoomi Adhikar Andolan demands:
Com.Roma and Com.Sokalo be released at the earliest and all the charges be withdrawn immediately. Action should be taken against the officials for their unwarranted and unjustified action.
We also demand that the grievances of the people be solved and their rights be ensured.